Union University is withdrawing from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and many more may follow, because the CCCU refused to censure two member schools for embracing same-sex relationships. Also, the pro-life group behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos wins a court battle, and Christians rally to help persecuted Christians in Egypt. These stories and more in this week’s Faith News in Focus.
Christian University Leaves CCCU Over Delayed Gay-Marriage Decision
Union University, a Southern Baptist school in Jackson, Tennessee, announced that it is withdrawing from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities because the organization is taking too long to make a decision about the membership of two schools who now allow the hiring of employees in same-sex marriages. Reportedly, 40 other member schools are considering following Union’s lead.
We’ll talk more about how Christian colleges should respond to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision Saturday on Up For Debate with the President of Cedarville University and the director of the Mennonite Education Agency.
ISIS Captures Christians in Syria
At least 230 people, many Christians taken from churches, were captured after ISIS militants seized Qaryatain, a town in Syria’s Homs Province on Friday.
Focus on the Family Building Houses for Families of ISIS Victims
The families of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS in Lybia earlier this year will receive houses built for them by Focus on the Family. If you’d like to help, you can donate to the ministry.
Evidence Against Planned Parenthood Continues to Pile Up, Court Rules Against StemExpress
The Center for Medical Progress released a sixth video exposing Planned Parenthood this week, which provided testimony from Holly O’Donnel, a former procurement technician for StemExpress, who said that remains were taken and sold without the mother’s consent.
There is good news for the makers of the undercover videos: A California judge ruled that the biotech firm StemExpress can’t access the video evidence against them.
Nation’s Largest Christian Retail Chain Will Stay Open
Family Christian Stores, the nation’s largest Christian retail chain, will stay open after a bankruptcy judge approved its sale. The move will wipe out $127 million in debt.
An Unexpected Summer Music Chart-Topper
A group of monks at the St. Benedict’s Monastery in Norica, Italy, known as “The Monks of Norica” are topping the Billboard charts in the classical, traditional music category. The CD, Benedicta, consists of Gregorian chants based on Scripture.