Biden Names First Muslim Religious Freedom Ambassador

Rashad Hussain, Obama’s OIC envoy, would follow Sam Brownback if confirmed by Senate. Two USCIRF commissioners and antisemitism envoy also named. The White House announced Friday a slate of nominations and appointments for top religious affairs roles, including the first Muslim American nominated to be the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom (IRF). President Joe Biden will select Rashad Hussain as his nominee for that post, filling a State Department slot vacant... Read More

Died: H. Eddie Fox, Who Urged Methodists to Share Their Faith

The ministry leader believed declining US churches could be revitalized by hearing Wesleyans “with a different accent.” H Eddie Fox, who hoped to renew American Methodism through evangelism and increased connections with global Christianity, died on Wednesday at age 83. Fox led World Methodist Evangelism for 25 years, teaching, training, and empowering Methodists and Wesleyans to share their faith, and encouraging churches to make evangelism a priority. He pioneered several new... Read More

Mexican Worship Leader Layla de la Garza on the Power of ‘Sung Theology’

Despite the lingering stereotypes, the Monterrey-based singer and minister set out to prove contemporary worship services can hold to the authority of Scripture. For Layla de la Garza, worship music has been a way to draw nearer to Jesus and the Word. Having grown up in a conservative traditional church, Layla was transformed by listening to Passion’s worship music as a teenager. Many years later, in 2015, she met CCM musician Christy Nockels, who became her mentor and invited her to... Read More

Simone Biles’s Critics Miss the Bigger Story of Bodily Abuse

Some see the Olympic gymnast as a self-serving athlete. But her withdrawal from competition is a model for how to honor rather than disdain our bodies. The Olympics always hold surprises, and this first week of competition in Tokyo was no exception. On Tuesday, Simone Biles, captain of the USA Olympic Women’s Gymnastics team and the most decorated American gymnast of all time, withdrew from the team competition after uncharacteristic performances on both the vault and floor. By... Read More

Test scores plunge as students struggle at home during pandemic

The results of the Florida Standards Assessment, released Thursday, show especially dramatic declines in math, with the proficiency rates for third to eighth graders falling in Broward County from 63% in 2019 to 45% this year. That 18-point plunge is the second-largest drop in the state, just below a 19-point drop in Gadsten County, in the Panhandle. ... Read More

State Releases Results for 2021 Florida Standards Assessments and End of Course Exams

Thursday, July 29, 2021On Thursday, July 29, 2021, the Florida Department of Education released results for the Spring 2021 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) for English Language Arts (ELA) (grades 4 –10), Mathematics (grades 3 – 8) and Science (grades 5 and 8). In addition, the state released results for End of Course (EOC) exams in Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, U.S. History and Civics. ... Read More

Broward schools’ mask mandate ‘will be addressed,’ DeSantis aide says, but Orange’s is OK

As for other counties, including Miami-Dade and Broward, which imposed indoor mask mandates at county facilities Wednesday and Thursday, “It is not the role of any level of government – local, state, or federal – to micromanage individuals’ decisions or fine people for declining to wear a face covering,” Pushaw said. ... Read More