Faith & Religion

Singled out

Religion | Universities go after popular evangelical groups
by Edward E. Plowman
Posted 10/14/06, 12:00 am

Ignoring judicial precedents, the University of Wisconsin at Superior "de-recognized" the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) chapter earlier this year for requiring student leaders to be Christians-an alleged violation of the school's anti-discriminatory policies for campus organizations.

After university officials refused to budge from their position, IVCF this month took them to court. They want the chapter, which has been on campus 40 years and currently numbers about 50 students, to be reinstated and its First Amendment rights observed.

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Evangelism for introverts

Religion | Author and speaker Mike Bechtle says ordinary encounters can become supernatural appointments
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/07/06, 12:00 am

Mike Bechtle has advanced degrees-a master's from Talbot School of Theology and a doctorate in education from Arizona State-but a lot of basic street experience as well. He has been speaking at churches and conventions since 1974 and has seen numerous programs for evangelism. In Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style (Baker, 2006), he tells what he has learned.

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Preaching the gospel of change

Religion | Chad Thompson took the hard road to falling out of love with homosexuality
by Anthony Bradley
Posted 9/30/06, 12:00 am

I'm not gay, I'm not gay, I'm not gay." This repeated phrase opens yet another presentation by Chad Thompson, 25, to a group of college students in Wisconsin as he tells his story of change from gay to straight. At churches, public high schools, and universities across America, Thompson presents a hugely controversial message: Homosexuals can change their sexual orientation.

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