News Article | February 17, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best two- and four-year colleges with online programs in the state of Ohio for 2017. Among four-year schools a total of 41 made the list, with University of Akron, University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University and Ashland University coming in as the top five schools. The state’s top 18 two-year schools were also honored, with Sinclair College, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Belmont College, Edison State Community College and Columbus State Community College taking the top five spots. Schools were ranked based on over a dozen different data points. “Student enrollment in schools within the University System of Ohio has grown 8 percent over the past decade,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “As more students pursue post-secondary degrees, the schools on our list are providing more flexible, high-quality learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom.” To be included on the Best Online Schools list, colleges must meet specific base requirements, including being institutionally accredited and public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each college is scored based on additional criteria that includes its employment and counseling resources, student/teacher ratios, graduation rates and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Ohio’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Ashland University Baldwin Wallace University Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Case Western Reserve University Cedarville University Cleveland State University Defiance College Franciscan University of Steubenville Franklin University God’s Bible School and College Hiram College Kent State University at Kent Kent State University at Salem Kettering College Malone University Miami University-Oxford Mount Carmel College of Nursing Mount Saint Joseph University Mount Vernon Nazarene University Muskingum University Notre Dame College Ohio Christian University Ohio University-Main Campus Otterbein University Shawnee State University The University of Findlay Tiffin University Union Institute & University University of Akron Main Campus University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Dayton University of Mount Union University of Northwestern Ohio University of Rio Grande University of Toledo Urbana University Ursuline College Walsh University Wright State University-Lake Campus Wright State University-Main Campus Youngstown State University Ohio’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Belmont College Bowling Green State University-Firelands Central Ohio Technical College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Clark State Community College Columbus State Community College Cuyahoga Community College Edison State Community College Hocking College Lakeland Community College Lorain County Community College Marion Technical College North Central State College Northwest State Community College Rhodes State College Sinclair College Stark State College University of Akron Wayne College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.
News Article | November 6, 2016
The Best Online Colleges in Alabama have been identified for 2016-2017 by leading online higher education information provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. After cross-analyzing more than a dozen school-specific statistics, more than 25 colleges in the state were recognized for providing affordable, quality online education programs. Alabama’s leaders include Judson College, Troy University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama among four-year programs, and Gadsden State Community College, Wallace Community College’s Main, Selma Campus and Hanceville Campus and Snead State Community College among two-year programs. "In the fall semester of 2015 more than 8,500 students enrolled in Alabama public colleges and universities were distance learners,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "As a growing number of students seek online education options, we felt it was important to spotlight the schools in the state offering the best combination of value, flexibility and program options for online students.” Schools are required to meet several minimum qualifications in order to be eligible for the Best Online Colleges in Alabama list. All colleges must hold accreditation and be either a two- or four-year public or private not-for-profit institution. Baseline cost criteria was also set to measure affordability: each two-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $5,000 and each four-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $25,000 to qualify. Qualifying colleges are scored and ranked based on several statistics, including qualitative and quantitative data on financial aid, institutional graduation rates and more. All schools included on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Alabama ranking are listed below. Further information on each school’s score and the methodology used to determine scores can be found at: The 2016-2017 Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order: The 2016-2017 Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Faulkner University Heritage Christian University Jacksonville State University Judson College The University of Alabama Troy University United States Sports Academy University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of North Alabama University of West Alabama AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | October 29, 2016
AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its list of the Best Online Colleges in Ohio for 2016. As a leader in higher education and student resources, the site determined the University of Toledo, Tiffin University, Ohio University, Youngstown State University and Bowling Green State University offered the top five four-year online programs in the state. Sinclair College, Columbus State Community College, Belmont College, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Clark State Community College are recognized as Ohio’s top five two-year online programs. In all, more than 40 schools were recognized as part of the lists. "Enrollment growth at Ohio’s colleges and universities was one of the highest in the nation from 2006 to 2011,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "As today’s students apply for college, they are also looking at the flexibility online learning offers. The schools on our lists are those offering the best overall quality and value for online education in Ohio.” Colleges are required to meet several basic requirements to qualify for a spot on the Best Online Colleges in Ohio lists. Schools must be regionally accredited and be public or private not-for-profit entities. There are also strict affordability standards each school must meet: two-year schools must provide in-state tuition no greater than $5,000 annually and four-year schools must provide in-state tuition no greater than $25,000 annually. Each college is ranked based on an in-depth analysis of more than a dozen value-based data points, including financial aid availability and graduation rates. To learn more about each school’s position on the lists and find details about the data and methodology used to rank each school, visit: The following list includes all two-year schools on the 2016 Best Online Colleges in Ohio ranking: The following list includes all four-year schools on the 2016 Best Online Colleges in Ohio ranking: Ashland University Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Cleveland State University Franklin University Gods Bible School and College Kent State University Kettering College Mercy College of Ohio Miami University - Oxford Mount Carmel College of Nursing Mount Vernon Nazarene University Ohio Christian University Ohio University - Main Campus Shawnee State University Tiffin University Union Institute & University University of Akron Main Campus University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Northwestern Ohio University of Rio Grande University of Toledo Urbana University Wright State University - Lake Campus Wright State University - Main Campus Youngstown State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | March 2, 2017
“Commentary On Romans: For Bible Students and Teachers”: an in-depth examination of Romans utilizing the richness of the original Greek and the context in which Paul wrote. “Commentary On Romans: For Bible Students and Teachers” is the creation of published author David Karns, a decorated retired Air Force Colonel with a Master of Divinity degree from Cinncinnati Christian University. Published by Christian Faith Publishing, David Karns‘s new book shows how passages often have a range of possible meanings and how different translations or Bible versions are collections of choices others have made, many letting doctrine drive translation instead of the other way around. This book aims at the “accessible” center of the very wide area between the purpose and minutia of an often-ponderous academic commentary and a usually superficial and unchallenging Sunday school curriculum. Specifically, it aims to challenge Christians who may be well versed in what the Bible says but are lacking in its meanings beyond “school-approved” formulas. This commentary is also designed to be useful for the teacher and serious Bible explorer. What did the author say, what did he mean then, and how is any of that relevant to Christians today? These are questions with which we all wrestle. This book does not seek to answer all these questions for its readers and teachers or make comment on every detail. The text is often clear enough that detailed treatment is simply unnecessary. Rather, this commentary seeks to facilitate serious Bible explorers in finding their own answers. As Romans 14:5 says, “Let everyone be fully convinced in his own mind.” View a synopsis of “Commentary On Romans: For Bible Students and Teachers” on YouTube. Readers can purchase “Commentary On Romans: For Bible Students and Teachers” at traditional brick and mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble. For additional information or inquiries about “Commentary On Romans: For Bible Students and Teachers,” contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.
News Article | October 28, 2016
The community of At Work on Purpose is powering Neighborhoods Embracing Transformation’s first equipping conference, CincySHIFT on October 14 and 15. Proven poverty alleviation experts will share relationship-based best practices to empower those with a heart to fight poverty in a more effective and sustainable way. CincySHIFT will be held at Cincinnati Christian University, 2700 Glenway Avenue in Cincinnati. “CincySHIFT will be foundational to understand poverty, know the best ways to engage in the fight against it and become a part of a community engaged in the difficult conversations that are paramount to progress,” said Paula Bussard, NET co-founder and co-pastor at New Hope Ministries in Cincinnati. “This conference will equip attendees who desire to participate in successful efforts by providing leading philosophies and best practices presented by people currently engaged in and conquering the challenges.” On Friday, Oct. 14, from 6:15 to 9:00 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to “get inside the skin” of someone who struggles to overcome some of the basic challenges of life, said Bussard. On Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., participants will gain skills to embrace the challenges of fighting poverty from experts in this field. Speakers include Roger Howell, president of City Gospel Mission; the Rev. Damon Lynch III, senior pastor of New Prospect Baptist Church, an expert on asset-based community development; and Kirk Lithander, outreach pastor at Fairhaven Church in Centerville, Ohio who is utilizing progressive models to embrace relational aspects of diverse socioeconomic inclusion. NET is a community of At Work on Purpose of Blue Ash, the largest, citywide marketplace ministry in the nation with more than 8,000 members. For more information on AWOP’s CincySHIFT, other events, faith-at-work tools and activities, go to http://www.atworkonpurpose.org or call (800) 513-9580. “We are committed to reducing the number of poor, especially individuals and families who are eager to receive a hand up and not just a hand out,” said Chuck Proudfit, president and founder of At Work on Purpose. “This is a part of our responsibility to create God’s kingdom on earth by providing compassionate help to those who need it.” Cost to attend CincySHIFT is $20. Lunch is included in the Saturday session. Registration is available at bit.ly/2dkkTVw. Neighborhoods Embracing Transformation (NET) is a member of the International Transformation Network and transforms neighborhoods by caring for the spiritual, relational, motivational and material health of people and institutions, for God’s purposes and his glory. NET connects neighborhood leaders; assesses current and emerging needs; resources proven solutions; and empowers life in Christ. About At Work on Purpose: At Work on Purpose is the largest, citywide marketing place ministry in the nation, with more than 8,000 members. Based in Cincinnati, the nonprofit organization helps working Christians mobilize the work world for Christ by offering inspiring and proactive ways to integrate faith into work, transforming jobs into platforms for ministry.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Working Christians seeking a way to incorporate faith at work are invited to attend the 14th annual At Work on Purpose (AWOP) Marketplace Mobilization 2017 event on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Cincinnati Christian University. The nation’s largest, citywide marketplace ministry will host “Are you going to work without God?” with speaker Skye Jethani, a speaker and writer who has built a platform for applied Christianity in everyday life. He has written several eBooks and three books, including With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. Cincinnati Christian University is located at 2700 Glenway Ave. in Cincinnati. Admission is $20, with free parking, food and beverages, and live worship music. Registration is required. “Today’s secular work removes God from work, yet the majority of Jesus’ ministry happened when people were working,” said Chuck Proudfit, AWOP founder and president. “Jethani will talk about how Jesus’ relationship with God at work often differs from our own experience and what we can do to better integrate our faith lives at work.” Proudfit will introduce the audience to equipping resources to help them expand their faith at work, connect them to the broader marketplace ministry movement, and cast vision for vocational growth in 2017. Jethani is also an ordained minister and co-host of the Phil Vischer podcast. Vischer is known as the creator of the children's series, VeggieTales. Jethani writes a daily devotional, With God Daily, as well as a weekly blog. He has spoken on a wide range of topics, including why Millennials are leaving the church; Christianity and consumerism; religious pluralism; finding God through darkness; the intersection of faith and vocation; and what it looks like and means to live with God, according to his website. “A few years ago a sociologist studied the religious lives of teenagers,” said Jethani. “What he concluded is that most of them had a view of God as either a divine butler or a cosmic therapist. In other words, they weren’t particularly interested in God himself, but in only what he could do for them.” Jethani will talk about how Christians can live life on two levels-- on a surface level engaged in the activities of the day, but on a deeper level in a state of constant communion with God, whose presence is more treasured than what he can do for us, what we can do for him or what success can be derived from being attuned to His principles, said Proudfit. AWOP, located in Blue Ash, is the nation’s largest, citywide marketplace ministry, connecting more than 8,000 working Christians in greater Cincinnati and the Miami Valley. The organization was founded in 2003, and is dedicated to equipping everyday Christians to find and fulfill God’s purposes for them at work. About At Work on Purpose: At Work on Purpose is the nation's largest, citywide marketplace ministry, connecting more than 8,000 working Christians in the greater Cincinnati area and the Miami Valley. Based in Cincinnati, the nonprofit organization helps working Christians mobilize the work world for Christ by offering inspiring and proactive ways to help them integrate faith into their work, transforming their jobs into platforms for ministry.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Faith-based organizations are at the forefront of addressing root causes of homelessness, providing not only the majority of emergency shelter beds but innovating long-term solutions, a new study by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion concludes. Released today at the National Press Club, the study looked at homelessness in 11 sample cities and is part of a growing body of independent research examining the socio-economic impact of faith-based organizations across the United States. “The data in this study sheds light on the largely overlooked, significant role of the multi-faith sector in addressing the homelessness challenge in urban and rural communities and doing so in innovative ways,” said Dr. Byron Johnson, distinguished professor of Social Sciences and director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. “This research is helpful because it reveals the mainly untold story of the socio-economic impact of faith-based organizations on the common good health and flourishing of whole communities.” According to the study, faith-based organizations provide 58 percent of emergency shelter beds in the 11 cities surveyed across the nation, in addition to providing an array of vital services and personalized interventions necessary for long-term recovery and independence. These services include, but are not limited to, education, healthcare, job training and addiction recovery. As a result, the study estimates that faith-based organizations create $9.42 in taxpayer savings for every $1 invested by the government. It further shows an estimated $119 million in tax savings in the 11 cities during the three years following implementation of faith-based Residential Recovery and Job Readiness programs. According to the Baylor study, Residential Recovery and Job Readiness programs are an area where faith-based organizations are “at the forefront of program innovation and organizational transformation for improving positive outcomes for the homeless individuals and families” (page 7, Executive Summary). “In most cases, people become homeless due to a range of complex personal and societal factors, not just because they cannot afford a home. Our conclusions demonstrate that faith-based organizations are in a unique position to treat the systemic issues that create homelessness to develop sustainable solutions for both individuals and municipalities,” Dr. Johnson added. The research also illuminates how collaboration among faith-based, community groups, private industry, and local, state and federal government agencies creates the strongest responses to homelessness and its underlying issues. “As the mayor of Indianapolis, I worked hand-in-hand with faith-based organizations to provide services to those experiencing homelessness,” said Greg Ballard, former mayor of Indianapolis. “This study takes an important step toward illuminating the magnitude of these organizations’ social and economic contributions to communities around the country.” For the project, Johnson and coauthor William Wubbenhorst collected data and interviewed individuals in both faith-and non-faith-based organizations across the country during 2016. The goal was to better understand how homelessness has increased or decreased in 11 diverse cities around the country, quantify faith based organizations’ interventions in homelessness and related issues, and estimate taxpayer savings associated with Residential Recovery and Job Readiness programs. Media may access the report, an executive summary and explainer graphics at http://www.baylorisr.org/publications/case-studies/. To speak with the study’s authors or community and faith-based organizational leaders across the country included in study, please contact Andy Hallmark, (202) 257-5897. Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Follow us on Twitter at @BaylorUMedia. ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES OF RELIGION Launched in August 2004, the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) exists to initiate, support and conduct research on religion, involving scholars and projects spanning the intellectual spectrum: history, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, epidemiology, theology and religious studies. The institute’s mandate extends to all religions, everywhere, and throughout history, and embraces the study of religious effects on prosocial behavior, family life, population health, economic development and social conflict.
News Article | November 1, 2016
SEATTLE, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today announced that Baylor University has selected a Cray® CS400™ cluster supercomputer, further demonstrating its commitment to transformative research. The Cray system will serve as the primary high performance computing (HPC) platform for Baylor researchers and will be supported by the Academic and Research Computing Services group (ARCS) of the Baylor University Libraries. The Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer will replace Baylor’s current HPC system, enhancing and expanding its capacity for computational research projects. Among other research initiatives, Baylor serves as a Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Tier 3 site for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. Baylor scientists analyze data gathered by the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, in partnership with others around the globe as part of ongoing research into subatomic particles. “The Baylor Libraries support the research mission of the university by providing critical academic resources. We are proud to partner with an industry leader like Cray to bring this new supercomputer to our campus. The system will empower faculty and student researchers as they discover new insights and create innovations that meet the significant challenges that confront our world,” said Pattie Orr, vice president for information technology and dean of university libraries. “From companies at the top of the Fortune 500 list to local research consortiums, a wide array of organizations continues to recognize the capabilities Cray supercomputers can have in solving their research, design, or business analytics needs at any scale,” said Fred Kohout, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “We are honored that Baylor University has selected a Cray CS400 system for its scientific computing platform. The University’s research community will have a powerful tool for conducting data intensive research across a broad spectrum of scientific fields.” The Cray CS400 cluster supercomputers are scalable, flexible systems built from industry-standard technologies into a unified, fully-integrated system. Available with air- or liquid-cooled configurations, Cray CS400 systems provide superior price/performance, energy efficiency and configuration flexibility. The Cray CS400 systems are integrated with Cray’s HPC software stack and include software tools compatible with most open source and commercial compilers, schedulers, and libraries. The three-cabinet Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer is expected to be delivered to Baylor University in 2016. For more information on the Cray CS cluster supercomputers, please visit www.cray.com. About Cray Inc. Global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) provides innovative systems and solutions enabling scientists and engineers in industry, academia and government to meet existing and future simulation and analytics challenges. Leveraging more than 40 years of experience in developing and servicing the world’s most advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputers and big data storage and analytics solutions delivering unrivaled performance, efficiency and scalability. Cray’s Adaptive Supercomputing vision is focused on delivering innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to meet the market’s continued demand for realized performance. Go to www.cray.com for more information. Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including, but not limited to, statements related to the timing and delivery of the system purchased by Baylor and Cray’s ability to deliver a system that meets Baylor’s requirements. These statements involve current expectations, forecasts of future events and other statements that are not historical facts. Inaccurate assumptions and known and unknown risks and uncertainties can affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements and cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect actual future events or results include, but are not limited to, the risk that the system required by Baylor is not delivered in a timely fashion or does not perform as expected and such other risks as identified in the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, and from time to time in other reports filed by Cray with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this release. Cray undertakes no duty to publicly announce or report revisions to these statements as new information becomes available that may change the Company’s expectations. Cray, and the stylized CRAY mark are registered trademarks of Cray Inc. in the United States and other countries, and CS400 is a trademark of Cray Inc. Other product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
News Article | December 28, 2016
Co-authors, Rahassan A. Arman and Tyran T. Laws, new book, The Round Table: A Christian’s Conversation with Marginal Beliefs Affecting the Black Church Experience, ($11.99, paperback, 978-1-49-847217-3; $5.99, e-book, 978-1-49-847219-7) is meant to equip millennials with a stronger faith. The authors’ aim is to help the younger generation of believers gain confidence, not only in the word of God, but also in their personal relationships with God as well. “This book examines and discusses six major ideologies which threaten a faithful Christian doctrine and practice. Some subtly synchronistic, others blatantly anti-Christian, each one is personified and engaged with in a fictional character to demonstrate how these beliefs impact and interact with the faith of our fathers,” states Laws. “We also hope that it will spark a revolution in recruiting more ‘knights of the round table’; to start asking the hard questions about faith; but doing so with the hard work of giving biblically sound and intellectually apt answers.” Rahsaan Armand matriculated through Northwestern University of Evanston IL and received his formal training for ministry at Trinity International Seminary in Deerfield, IL. In December 2015, Armand was awarded the Doctorate of Ministry degree after defending his doctoral dissertation on “The Mandate for Biological Ecclesiastical Design” at St. Thomas Christian University. Tyran Laws matriculated through Samford University in Birmingham, AL and is a graduate of Wheaton College's Biblical Exegesis program. He also presented an exegetical paper on Exodus 4:24-26 at the ETS Midwest Regional Conference, at Moody Bible Institute, in 2012. Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Round Table: A Christian’s Conversation with Marginal Beliefs Affecting the Black Church Experience through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.
News Article | November 14, 2016
The Christmas season centers around the famous birth story of Jesus Christ. The narrative has become so ingrained into the holiday that few stop to question the validity and accuracy of the renowned account. Using his 32 years of ministry experience, author, preacher, and college professor Jeffery Donley gives new insight into the beginnings of the Holy Family from conception to birth in The Counterfeit Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About the Birth of Jesus. “When the story of the birth of Christ is told around the holidays each year, it gets further and further from what transpired,” Donley said. “Too often, the versions of the story we hear are historically inaccurate. With The Counterfeit Christmas, I want to shed light on the genesis story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and tell their magnificent narrative in the most truthful light possible.” The Counterfeit Christmas provides a new and authentic look at the birth story of Jesus Christ. Using archaeological facts, historical documents, and biblical references, Donley corrects many of the mistaken assumptions surrounding the nativity of Jesus and shares an accurate account of the events leading up to the birth of the Messiah. Donley also provides study guide questions to help readers better understand the powerful teachings of the Bible and return readers to the origins of Christmas. “Christmas will never remain the same for all who live the story of our Lord’s birth once again in the way it is retold here. Jeffery’s writing takes a story we all think is so well known it hardly bears repeating, yet Donley puts it so dramatically that it will never seem the same ever again!” - Biblical Scholar Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. “The Counterfeit Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About the Birth of Jesus” By Jeffery Donley ISBN: 9781512756388 (hardcover) 9781512756371 (softcover) 9781512756364 (e-book) Available at Amazon,Barnes and Noble and Westbow Press Jeffery Donley is a teacher, preacher, and Biblical scholar, with a storyteller's gift who brings God's Word to life! Donley received his Master in Arts (MA) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) degrees in Systematic Theology from Cincinnati Christian University before later earning his Master of Theology (ThM) from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Testament, a Master of Letters (MLitt) degree from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in Theology, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) degree in Philosophical Hermeneutics from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. Donley translated one of the more famous of the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Copper Scroll, at the University of Manchester, England. While at Princeton Donley studied with the renowned scholar Dr. Bruce Metzger. Donley started his ministry work in 1976 and his college teaching career in 1982 and continues to preach in churches and conferences around the United States today.