May 19 Bulletin
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"False Teachers" 4
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“Jesus Heals on the Sabbath”
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In the News
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Some Taylor University students speak out on walkout and stickers protesting V.P. Mike Pence speaking at commencement on Saturday, May 18, 2019.Michelle Pemberton, email@example.com
UPLAND, Ind. — Vice President Mike Pence used a Saturday commencement address at Taylor University to urge a religious resolve among the Christian school’s graduates and faculty, dozens of whom walked out minutes before Pence began speaking.
“Throughout most of our American history it’s been pretty easy to call yourself a Christian, but things are different now,” Pence said. “Lately, it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs. So as you prepare to leave this place and build your life on a Christ-centered, world-engaging foundation poured here at Taylor University, be prepared to stand up.”
Read his address: Pence's remarks at Taylor University
The protest stemmed from disagreement among students, faculty and alumni about whether it was appropriate for the nondenominational Christian liberal arts school to invite the vice president, known for his conservative religious views, to speak.
Most of Taylor's graduating class, however, remained seated for the vice president, who was the first official from the U.S. executive branch to speak at a Taylor graduation and received a standing ovation.
Key moments from V.P. Mike Pence's commencement speech at Taylor University in Upland Ind. on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Michelle Pemberton, firstname.lastname@example.org
He devoted other parts of his address to the Trump administration’s message on the state of the economy, the nation’s number of job openings and its low unemployment rate.
The day was exciting for graduate Emmanuel Boateng, who said it was exciting to have a vice president speak at graduation.
"Because of his position it's a privilege to have him speak here,” said Boateng, who was born in Ghana and raised in Spain. “I know that on campus the emotions range from very positive to not very positive. No one dreams that way. But despite our differences, the whole entire campus has come to celebrate together."
Mixed Reaction: Pence's invitation from Taylor University stirs controversy
Other graduates took a different view.
Laura Rathburn was one of the dozens to walk out, disappointed that the school's administration picked Pence to address her class. Rathburn decorated the top of her mortarboard in rainbow colors and added a message on top that said, "Ally Visible For Those Who Can't Be.”
“I think his presence makes it difficult for everyone at Taylor to feel welcomed,” she said.
Graduates Katie Tupper and Anna Streed wore stickers on their mortarboards that said, "We are Taylor too," which they said represented support for marginalized people hurt by the Trump administration's policies.
"For me personally, I think we should identify as Christians first before we have political ties,” Tupper said. ”That might not be a good choice for everyone but I think that we struggle a lot at Taylor in trying not to raise our political views. ... The purpose of this is to recognize that we're all a part of Taylor."
The walkout occurred as Taylor associate music professor H. Conor Angell led graduates and attendees in singing "Be Thou My Vision."
Pence on Muncie shooting: 'My prayers are with the injured and their families.'
In their caps and gowns, the protesting students and faculty at the Christian liberal arts school of about 2,500 rose and quietly walked down the aisle and out of the auditorium in the Kesler Student Activities Center, where the university held the commencement exercise.
The vast majority of the graduating class, which totaled 494 women and men, remained as audience members responded to Pence's introduction with a standing ovation and a lingering round of applause.
For weeks, the vice president’s invitation to speak at Taylor's spring commencement has elicited strong reactions among the university's faculty, students and alumni.
Thousands signed competing online petitions — one asking the university to rescind the Pence invite and the other expressing support for the school's decision.
Some critics told IndyStar prior to the graduation day that they would not be opposed to the one-term Indiana governor speaking at the school under different circumstances. Many stressed that their opposition had nothing to do with Pence being a Christian, per se.
Rather, they said, it was the university's lack of faculty or student input, concerns that his presence endorses a specific political or religious view or the matter of Pence's affiliation with President Donald Trump, who some say doesn't represent the Christian values central to the university's mission.
Pence has had a busy commencement schedule this spring, having spoken last Saturday at another Christian school, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where he warned graduates to "be ready" to face intolerance of their faith from Hollywood, the media and the secular left.
The vice president will give another address next Saturday, when he'll speak before graduating U.S. Army cadets at West Point in New York.
Call IndyStar reporter Alexandria Burris at 317-617-2690. Follow her on Twitter: @allyburris.
A public library in New Jersey has postponed a public reading of the alphabet book "P is for Palestine," after some members of the town's Jewish community claimed the book introduces youngsters to violence and anti-Semitism.
Some library patrons in Highland Park -- a community of about 14,000 residents, about 36 miles from New York City -- want the book removed from the library, while others say the critics are being racist toward Palestinians and support the book on First Amendment grounds.
"It's a symbol. It says that it's OK to have books that teach little children to hate," Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg told New York's WABC-TV.
The library's board of trustees plans a public meeting June 5 to consider rescheduling the public reading, which had been planned for Sunday and was to feature an appearance by the book's author, Golbarg Bashi, an Iranian-American whose past works also have stirred emotions, New York's WABC-TV reported.
The board meeting, which was initially scheduled for Monday, was pushed back until next month as the library searches for a venue to accommodate an expected large turnout, the library said on its website.
Critics specifically took issue with a page that says “I” is for “Intifada.”
"Intifada" is a term used to describe two separate uprisings, from 1987 to 1993 and again in 2000, when Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip attempted to end Israel’s occupation in those territories and create an independent Palestinian state, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Thousands of people from both sides died in the uprisings.
Author Bashi, however, claims the word “Intifada” means “resistance,” and her book is for “children who basically have no books written about them in English in this country."
Bashi is also a professor of Middle East studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. But some in Highland Park object to hosting her event in their community.
“The idea of this person visiting our community - and being accepted - makes me feel unsafe,” Lindsay Erin, a Highland Park resident, told NJ.com. “I is for Intifada - encouraging children to rise up any way they see fit to resist. Far from peaceful and far from appropriate.”
The Highland Park Library did not initially disclose who sponsored or organized Bashi’s event, Jewish Link NJ, a community paper focused on Jewish issues in Bergen County, N.J., reported.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, the central New Jersey chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace revealed that it was behind the event. The group says it advocates against “anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, & anti-Arab bigotry and oppression” in U.S. foreign policy.
“Our event, meant to promote tolerance, was canceled due to intolerance and the promulgation of proven falsehoods about Palestinians,” the post said.
Bashi claimed she receives regular death threats for her work, but, despite the backlash, she is planning to publish a second Palestinian book that will focus on numbers instead of letters, NJ.com reported.
Word for Worship
Running to Christ
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)
When one realizes that he is lost and that only Christ can save him, he should not delay a moment but come immediately to Christ. There are, in fact, several men in the New Testament who actually ran to Him.
There was the man possessed with a whole legion of demons. “But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him” (Mark 5:6), and Jesus set him free.
Then there was a young man who wanted to learn of Christ. When he found that Jesus was going away, he came “running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17). Unfortunately, his sincerity failed when he realized the cost. Zeal without sacrifice is dead, as is faith without works.
There was another wealthy man who was willing to pay the price. “And [Zacchaeus] ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way” (Luke 19:4). The conversion of Zacchaeus was genuine, and he demonstrated it by a changed and sacrificial life.
In Christ’s suffering on the cross, He spoke of His awful thirst, and an unknown observer “ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink” (Mark 15:36). Christ will not forget this expression of concern and sympathy.
After His burial, Mary Magdalene came back to tell Peter and John that the tomb was open. “So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. . . . and he saw, and believed” (John 20:4-8).
All who hasten wholeheartedly to Christ, sincerely seeking to know and serve Him, will find salvation in His name, for “the name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” HMM