Seven Bible Verses and One Prayer for Memorial Day
....O Lord, may we be more aware of just
how blessed we are as a nation. May we be more grateful for our blessings,
more faithful in stewarding them well, more eager to share them with others.
We pray today for the families and friends of those who have given their
lives in service to our nation. May they be comforted in their sadness.
May they be reassured that the sacrifice of their loved ones contributes
to a worthy cause. May they be proud of those they have lost, entrusting
their ultimate fate into your gracious hands. Even as we remember those
who have given their lives in the past, we also think of those whose lives
are on the line today. We think especially of the men and women who are
serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in other places of conflict and violence.
Protect them. Encourage them. Bring them home safely. MORE
Robert M. Gates, the president of the
Boy Scouts of America and former secretary of defense, called on Thursday
to end the Scouts’ ban on gay adult leaders, warning the group’s executives
that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to
be.” Speaking at the Boy Scouts’ annual national meeting in Atlanta, Mr.
Gates said cascading events — including potential employment discrimination
lawsuits and the impending Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage,
as well as mounting internal dissent over the exclusionary policy — had
led him to conclude that the current rules “cannot be sustained.”
We Must NOT Do Nothing
This weekend Americans will commemorate
Memorial Day, a holiday of collective national remembrance. Many will gather
in cemeteries and civic parks for grateful and sometimes tearful ceremonies.
This will be a good and appropriate kind of remembering. But this
kind of remembering will not demand much of us beyond renewing our grateful
resolve to not take for granted our freedoms...But a Memorial Day kind
of remembering will not suffice for our suffering Christian brothers and
sisters. The remembering that God requires of us demands sustained action:
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and
those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. (Hebrews
13:3) When the author of Hebrews tells us to “remember,” he isn’t
talking about a fond, grateful private reflection. What he means is, “go
help them” MORE
& Articles for Memorial Day Weekend, MAY 23rd-24th-25th, 2015
During the Iraq war more than 4,000
U.S. soldiers died, countless others were severely injured, and the total
cost to U.S. taxpayers was more than 2 trillion dollars. But now
whatever the U.S. military accomplished during that war is being completely
undone by ISIS. On Monday, we learned that ISIS had fully taken control
of the strategically important city of Ramadi. Despite nine months
of airstrikes by the U.S. military, ISIS continues to move forward and
take new territory. Just a few years ago, American soldiers fought
some incredibly bloody battles on the streets of Ramadi, but now that city
is in the hands of the most ruthless terror organization on the entire
ISIS Expands Its 'State'
Almost a year after Islamic State's
shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis
have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west
of Baghdad, seat of Iraq's increasingly theoretical central government.
Nobody talks of Mosul or recapturing it from Islamic State. It is a forgotten
city. Now it is all about the fall of Ramadi, the neighboring ancient Syrian
city of Palmyra in central Syria and beyond - the Libyan city of Sirte,
hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. MORE
Irish voters backed same-sex
marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift
in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents
of the bill said on Saturday. Final results were not expected until later
in the day, but ministers predicted Ireland had become the first country
to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote by a margin of around two-to-one,
just two decades after it decriminalized homosexuality. "This has really
touched a nerve in Ireland," Equality Minister Aodhan O'Riordain said at
the main count center in Dublin. "It's a very strong message to every LGBT
(lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) young person in Ireland and every
LGBT young person in the world." MORE
Rules Pro-Life Views Are ‘Patently Offensive’
A new decision by the Second Circuit
Court of Appeals holds that New York’s state government has the right to
ban “Choose Life” license plates on the grounds that such a statement is
“patently offensive.” The dispute stems from a now-suspended program offered
by New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) which allowed private
organizations to create custom license plates. If drivers purchased the
plates, the purchasing price was split between the DMV and the non-profit.
Social Liberalism On The Rise
A left turn? The percentage
of American who say they are socially liberal is equal to the percentage
who identify as socially conservative for the first time since Gallup began
asking Americans to describe their social views in 1999.
Three Ways Rising Secularism Affects Evangelism
There has been no shortage of discussion
on the results of the latest survey on the changing religious composition
of the U.S. Most agree the data shows that Christianity as an identity
is declining while confessional evangelicalism is either holding steady
or increasing...Much has been written about what this trend means for the
shape of our public witness, but we haven’t given enough thought to what
it might mean for personal evangelism. Here are three ways I think our
evangelism strategies will change in a post-Christian age.
Prosecutors in Pakistan's Punjab
province have charged 106 people in connection with the gruesome mob killing
of a Christian couple who were incinerated in a brick kiln for allegedly
desecrating a copy of the Quran. In November, Sajjad Mesih and his wife,
Shama — who was pregnant when the couple in their 20s was killed — were
beaten and thrown into the kiln they tended as laborers...The BBC adds:
"The case raised fears among Christians, who form a minority in the Muslim
country where blasphemy laws are controversial and attacks against Christians
are common. MORE
What Are the Three Myths of the 'Good Church Kid'?
What makes a "good church kid?"
This kid never misses church, Bible study, or youth groups. The "good church
kid" takes every opportunity to do something with the church family, and
no one is ever suspicious of this kid. In fact, people even seek this kid's
advice and counsel. "You might be the 'good church kid,'" wrote Ben Beaghan.
"What they don't know is that you struggle with sin, too." The "good church
kid" is fine with people not knowing the truth about their sins, because
if others knew about the struggles with self-righteousness, gossip, porn,
masturbation, or whatever "it" may be, said Beaghan, then others will stop
looking up to them. MORE
|UK Daily Mail:
The Dark Side of Meditation and Mindfulness: Treatment Can Trigger
Mania, Depression and Psychosis, New Book Claims
Meditation and mindfulness is promoted
by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Brand, who boast of
its power to help people put stress out of their minds and live for the
moment. But the treatment can itself trigger mania, depression, hallucinations
and psychosis, psychological studies in the UK and US have found. The practice
is part of a growing movement based on ancient Eastern traditions of meditation.
However, 60 per cent of people who had been on a meditation retreat had
suffered at least one negative side effect, including panic, depression
and confusion, a study in the US found. MORE
|Notre Dame Dealt
Setback in Obamacare Lawsuit
A federal appeals court Wednesday
shot down an effort by the University of Notre Dame to have itself exempted
from the Obamacare contraception mandate. In a 2-1 ruling, the Seventh
Circuit Court of Appeals held that while Notre Dame will be allowed to
challenge the contraception mandate, it will not be allowed a temporary
exemption while its case is litigated. While the ruling isn’t a final one,
though, it is also a bad sign, indicating that the court views the school’s
challenge as less likely to succeed. MORE
Income Inequality is the Result of Family Breakdown, Not Market Failure
New York Times economics analyst
Eduardo Porter recently penned two columns about income inequality in which
he claimed that the “job market is not working to distribute wealth” and
“has lost much of its power to deliver income gains to working families”
over the past four decades. As proof of this, he quoted data on “household
incomes” from the U.S. and other countries. Such logic, which is common
among those who claim that income inequality is at historic highs, suffers
from a fatal flaw. This is because the disintegration of families has spread
workers’ wages over an increasing number of households during this era.
Lydia McGrew: The
Logic of Same Sex Marriage Undercuts Medical Ethics
....If we have no way of looking at
the human body and telling how it ought to be functioning based on teleology,
then on what basis do we say that it is good for eyes to see, ears to hear,
and legs to walk? Why should a doctor commit himself to healing an infection
rather than encouraging the infection? Why should physical therapists help
people to regain muscle tone in a weakened limb?
Denies Animus Toward Israel During Speech at D.C. Synagogue
President Barack Obama rejected claims
that he harbors an animus toward Israel during a speech Friday morning
at a synagogue in Washington, D.C. Obama reiterated his commitment to Israel,
a Palestinian state, and a “good deal” with Iran over its nuclear program
during wide-ranging remarks, in which he rebuffed critics who claim that
his administration has been unsupportive of the Jewish state.
Russell D. Moore: What
Should the Duggar Scandal Teach the Church?
I'm not interested in litigating the
specifics of this case—the civil authorities and the relevant employers
are now alerted to the situation. I'm more concerned that we see that this
story is one more in what has been an endless cycle of stories of sexual
abuse in "churched" contexts. We cannot assume that we can avoid this topic
simply by making sure our doctrines are right, our values conservative,
and our people sheltered from the world. If we are not addressing this
issue, it is only because we are ignoring what is going on in our communities,
and all too often in our pews. This requires that churches come with conviction
to this question preemptively, with a word from God.
Richard D. Land: Cultural
Christianity vs. Convictional Christianity
As cultural Christianity wanes the more
faithful, traditional Christianity practiced by Evangelicals will stand
out in ever more vivid contrast with mere civic or "country club" Christianity
in America. The shameful gap between the "orthodoxy" (sound doctrine) and
"orthopraxy" (sound practice) of too many Christians has been, and is,
a disgrace to the Gospel.
Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Confesses to Molesting Underage Girls
Joshua Duggar, one of the stars of the
reality TV hit 19 Kids and Counting and the oldest of the Duggar family’s
19 children, confessed yesterday to sexually molesting several underage
girls when he himself was a young teenager. The revelation comes as a particular
shock because the Duggar family, who reside in Tontitown, Arkansas, are
known for their highly conservative, Evangelical Christian beliefs.
of England To Consider 'Transgender Baptism' Service
A "transgender baptism" service is to
be considered by the Church of England for the first time. The idea is
to bless into God's family the new identities of Christians who have undergone
To Force Big Supermarkets To Give Unsold Food To Charities
Legislation barring stores from
spoiling and throwing away food is aimed at tackling epidemic of waste
alongside food poverty
& Articles for Friday, MAY 22nd, 2015
Who Has Authority to Regulate Marriage?
Marriage is all over the news today and
we as Christians are cringing. And this shows how much things have changed.
All of the marriage chatter, in previous generations, would have been a
reason for celebration, but is now an occasion for face-palming. Of course,
we know this is not because Christians have fundamentaly changed in our
understanding of marriage but because the cultural stream is rushing ahead
at white-water speed in its redefinition of marriage. When marriage is
discussed in the public square there is a question that routinely gets
bypassed. “Who has the right and authority over it? —Who is in charge of
it?” The assumption with marriage, as with the rest of our lives, is that,
well, we are! ....But, this is fraught with a number of problems; I’ll
highlight two. MORE
Regime Heightens Christian Persecution in Eastern Cuba
A church in Holguín, Cuba is facing
persecution, as its repeated requests to construct a larger building to
support its congregation have been denied. WORLD magazine reports
Maranatha First Baptist Church was established 82 years ago. In 1992, during
a time of eased religious restrictions, the church was granted permission
to erect a building in the city’s center. MORE
Rubio Warns of 'Clear, Present Danger' to Christianity
Nearly eight years have passed since
a young Democrat named Barack Obama captured the White House. Now, another
up-and-coming politician has a chance to take a similar path. This time
it's a Republican and his name is Marco Rubio. The Florida senator sees
Iowa as the first stop on his road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It's the
ultimate American dream, and for this 43-year-old, the future is now. "I've
been told, 'Why don't you wait? You could be the candidate of the future.'
And I say, 'Well that's good news because this election is in the future,'"
Rubio told a hundred gatherers at a local house party in Iowa. That philosophy
of the future will be the centerpiece of his presidential run. His campaign
theme is "A New American Century." MORE
|Boy Scouts of
America President Makes Shocking Statement About Gay Leaders
Boy Scouts of America President
Robert Gates said on Thursday the group's ban on adult gay leaders cannot
be sustained, a move that could open the door to ending the policy. Gates
said at a national meeting of the group he does not plan to revoke the
charter of Boy Scout councils that allow gay leaders, according to a text
of the speech. MORE
Activists Say Islamic State Seized More Than Half of Syria
The Islamic State has seized
more than half of Syria after taking full control of the town of Palmyra
its ancient ruins, activists
said Thursday. MORE
Marriage Referendum a Sign of Roman Catholic Decline
“In Ireland,” says a character in
a 1904 George Bernard Shaw play, “the people is the Church, and the Church
is the people.” But not so much anymore. On Friday (May 22), voters in
this once deeply Roman Catholic country will decide whether the country’s
constitution should be amended to allow for gay marriage. If the amendment
passes, Ireland will become the first country to legalize same-sex civil
marriage by popular vote. Catholic faith has been faltering among the younger
Irish for the last 40 years, undermined, in part, by a series...
‘Greatly Overestimate’ Percentage of Gays, Lesbians in U.S.
According to the poll, Americans
estimate on average that 23 percent of their fellow citizens are gay or
lesbian. The National Health Interview Survey, published by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – a highly definitive study from
2013 – found that fewer than 3 percent of respondents identified themselves
as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and only 1.6 percent self-identified as gay
or lesbian. MORE
|Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Bible Verse In Charter School 6th Grader’s Assignment Stirs Controversy
When Mackenzie Fraiser’s technology
teacher assigned the class a PowerPoint project called “All About Me” in
February, the Somerset Academy sixth-grader wanted to include a slide with
one of her favorite Bible verses, John 3:16. The teacher at the public
charter school in North Las Vegas said no. Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for
the Texas-based Liberty Institute, a religious rights law firm, joined
the Fraiser family Wednesday afternoon to tell the story in front of the
federal courthouse. The North Las Vegas family is demanding an apology
from the school and said they will seek legal relief if they don’t get
What Christians Can Learn from Secular Business Thinking
There is sometimes an instinct within
Christian leadership that downplays business thinking. After all, the church
has a different purpose than a business, so why should it operate like
one? A few leaders go as far as saying that “business thinking is ruining
the church.” Increasingly, though, we see Christian leaders and organizations
opening up to the insights of the business world: leadership development,
teamwork, productivity, people management, and more.
Astronomer Royal Martin Rees—How Soon Will Robots Take Over the World?
An explosion in artificial intelligence has sent us hurtling towards
a post-human future, warns Martin Rees...
|Ted Cruz: Many
Republicans Scared of Gay Marriage Debate; Some Are Even Running for President
...."The modern Democratic Party, working hand-in-hand
with big business, decided their allegiance to gay marriage trumps any
devotion to religious liberty," he said. Worse still, he immediately added,
many Republicans were unwilling to defend religious freedom when it collided
with the agenda of gay rights activists. "Here's something that was even
sadder," he continued, "many Republicans ran for the hills."
Ohio Pastor Rides Bulls Inside His Church to Attract New Believers
In front of a packed church, Pastor
Lawrence Bishop II, climbed up on the back of a snorting, anxious bull
named Bonecrusher. The animal was let loose, and Bishop hung on tight as
he was bucked around the ring he built inside his Ohio church. He lasted
about three seconds before being thrown off and trampled. Battered and
bruised, the 48-year-old preacher then picked himself up, climbed to safety
and began his sermon. When he asked new believers to come forward to be
baptized, the response was huge.... MORE
CBN News: Bobby
Jindal Under Fire for Religious Freedom Order
Critics are blasting Louisiana Gov.
Bobby Jindal for his executive order protecting individuals and businesses
that have a religious objection to participating in a same-sex marriage
ceremony. Jindal issued the order Tuesday after a committee in the state
Legislature overwhelmingly killed a bill that would have had the same effect.
Core Teaches Kids to ‘Divide Jerusalem’
A Boston University professor has
defended to WND his creation of a Common Core-compliant lesson plan that
uses role-playing workshops to teach students to sympathize with Hamas,
create a Palestinian state and divide the city of Jerusalem.
Official Wants To Keep Extremist Preachers Out of Denmark
Mette Frederiksen, the justice minister,
wants to change the law to prevent extremist preachers from entering Denmark,
Mark H. Creech: The
Blessings of Religious Liberty and the Positives of Persecution
I once knew a pastor who has since passed
away, who was always concerned his parishioners understood and appreciated
the privileges of religious liberty. One Sunday, during the celebration
of a July 4th weekend, he totally surprised his congregation with a living
Resigns After Being Outed on Gay Dating App Grindr
Rev. Matthew Makela resigned his
post at St. John's Lutheran church in Midland, Michigan, after the photos
went viral earlier this week.
Dan Delzell: How
Sexual Disorientation Can Lead to Self-Deception
The idea of "sexual orientation"
is the world's way of trying to explain why people experience various sexual
desires. In reality, all of us experience some measure of sexual "disorientation."
The presence of sin within human nature causes confusion regarding our
John Stonestreet: The
Scandal of Christianity
And no amount of calm will dissuade
critics, such as the Lynn, Massachusetts, school board member who compared
Gordon College to the KKK and dismissed their work among the city's poorer
children out of hand. In the end, no matter how "nice" we are, our faith
in Jesus and our faithfulness to His teaching will be a scandal to the
world. And we are and will be treated accordingly.
Jen Pollock Michel: The
Bloody Business of Killing Sin
Sin is a bloody business. In the book
of Leviticus, the sacrificial system is described in gruesome detail, including
what must be done with the blood, fat, and entrails of each animal slaughtered
for human sin. It's a book filled with smoke and scent, and a river of
blood runs through it: drained, collected, and spattered for the purposes
of consecration and purification. We don't immediately see the relevance
of the gore. But maybe the guts are the material point.
T.J. Addington: Seven
Reasons Why I Refuse to Become Cynical About the Church & Always Remain
Because I often consult with hurting
churches (and fortunately some very healthy ones) I am often asked why
I remain optimistic about the church. The truth is that I have seen the
good, bad and the ugly but there are seven reasons that I never lose hope,
refuse to become cynical and will always value the local church, domestically
Steps to Achieve Your Dreams
...The reality is that more people have
dreams than attain them. Perhaps you have dreams you have yet to accomplish.
I certainly do. One reason dreams never come true is that we don’t have
a system in place to work towards them. I love to be an encourager for
people with great dreams, so with that in mind, here are some steps to
help you move towards reaching your dreams:
David Cloud: The
Great Darwin Myth
Darwin started a myth that has been
repeated ad infinitum by his disciples, and that is that he was a Bible-believing
Christian who was an unwilling convert to evolution, capitulating to it
only because of the overwhelming nature of scientific facts. In his autobiography,
Darwin presented himself as a man who was not deeply influenced by the
skeptical environment in which he grew up. He claimed, in fact, to have
believed the Bible as a Cambridge student and even during his voyage on
the Beagle and only gradually to have become a skeptic solely as the product
of independent scientific investigation. This is a self-serving myth.
Thom Rainer: Ten
Things You Should Never Say to a Guest in a Worship Service
If you want to make certain guests never
return to your church, say one of these sentences to them when they visit.
Indeed, these unfortunate and ill-timed comments almost always guarantee
that you will offend guests and make them very uncomfortable. Most of the
time guests are already ill at ease since they are in a new place and a
new environment. By the way, each of these quotes was actually communicated
to a guest in a worship service. My guess is that all ten of them have
been said many times . . . too many times.
Wes Feltner: Jonah—Four
Signs of Spiritual Despair
Jonah’s downward spiral into sin
reveals to us a few signs of spiritual despair. Here are a few indicators
that you “have gone down” at some level in your relationship with God.
Signs that you have become a runaway – a sleeping Christian.
Eternal Viewpoint: Accreditation—The
What and The Why
We hear this word a lot during our
search process. So, what’s the big deal about accreditation? Hopefully
this will shed some light on this mysterious question and aid the decision
Aaron Earls: The
Most Dangerous Prayer I Pray as a Parent
I’ve prayed a similar prayer for
my two sons since before they were born, but recently the magnitude of
the prayer struck me as I knelt beside my two-year-old daughter’s bed.
Tears began to trickle down my face as I thought about what all that prayer
Ryan Shelton: The
Church Is Not Your Frat House
Sometimes we can treat Christian worship
like an insider’s club. And who doesn’t want to be included in a family-like
brotherhood and sisterhood? But the New Testament blueprint for worship
gatherings has little room for secrecy. Rather, hospitality rises to the
top of the values we want to characterize our Sunday morning services.
& Articles for Thursday, MAY 21st, 2015
World Watch Monitor:
63 Churches Topple as
to Destroy Christian Worship Centers
Sixty-three churches have been damaged
or destroyed so far during four years of civil war in Syria, says the Syrian
Network for Human Rights. In a comprehensive 21-page report, first published
in Arabic on 7 May and now in English, the rights group, known for being
anti-government, launches a withering attack on Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad's forces, claiming they were responsible for almost two thirds
of the attacks. The SNHR blames opposition forces for 14 and Islamic extremist
groups for seven (ISIS, six; Al-Nusra Front, one). Two are unattributed;
the remaining 40 are blamed on the "ruthless" al-Assad regime.
Franklin Graham Says American
Being 'Bullied Into Silence'
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that
atheist groups are attempting to "bully Christians into silence" after
the Military Religious Freedom Foundation called for an Air Force general
to be court-martialed for giving credit to God at a National Day of Prayer
event. "Are Christians the only group of people who cannot identify themselves
publicly in this country? Are we the only voices who cannot speak?" Graham
asked in a Facebook post on Monday.' "I guess this group would've
tried to court martial George Washington when he prayed at Valley Forge!
Come on —whose civil liberties are really being infringed on here? They
want to bully Christians into silence," he added. MORE
Pastor, Wife and At Least 70 Others in Brutal Attacks
Tribal Muslims have killed more than
70 Christians in Nigeria's Plateau state in recent weeks. Acording to Nigeria's
Daily Post, Fulani herdsmen attacked more than eight villages between April
25 and May 11. The worst attack took place May 2, when Muslims burned down
a church and killed 27 people, including the pastor and his wife.
Study on Changing Views of Same-Sex Marriage Retracted
Citing irregularities on the part
of his colleague, a prominent Columbia University professor has asked Science
magazine to retract a study he co-authored last year about the ability
of openly gay canvassers to shift voters’ views toward support for same-sex
Christian Post: Catholic
Bishop Says 11 Christians Are Killed In the World Every Hour
Bishop John McAreavey, chair of
the Irish Catholic Bishop's Conference, told the Joint Committee on Foreign
Affairs and Trade that Christian persecution is at an "unprecedented" high,
pointing to statistics that show 11 Christians are killed every hour of
Free Beacon: Ancient Heritage Site at
as Islamic State
Nears Full Control in Palmyra
Islamic State militants have gained
control of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria late Wednesday
afternoon, according to Reuters. Palmyra, which has been described as the
“jewel of the region,” has stood since the Late Archaic period of 2000
– 1001 B.C. and is credited for substantial influence on architectural
styles following its discovery in the 18th century, according to the The
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The World Heritage Site established by the UNESCO in the city said IS fighters
directly threaten the 2,000-year-old ruins, including an antique Roman
aqueduct and immense necropolises. “The site has already suffered years
of conflict,” UNESCO director general Irina Bokova said this month, referring
to Syria’s four-year civil war waged by IS and other factions opposed to
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. MORE
President Alec Hill Steps Down After Cancer Diagnosis
"I look to a future guided by His
Feud Pits Half of Town's Protestant Churches Against Another
Coordinated sermon series against
‘progressive Christianity’ seeks to ‘demonstrate the unity of the body
Make Old Brain Like Young Again In Mice
Back in 2013, researchers from Yale
University reported the discovery of a molecular switch that achieved this
result, and now scientists at the University of California, Irvine, have
managed to make an old brain young again using a different approach.
Cell ‘Wild West’ Takes Root Amid Lack of U.S. Regulation
More than 170 clinics across the
country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases
and conditions — a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little
evidence of its safety or effectiveness.
Intelligence Director Releases ‘Bin Laden’s Bookshelf’
The Office of the Director of National
Intelligence released the first list of English-language reading materials
secured during the 2011 raid on the Osama bin Laden compound Wednesday.
National Review: How
the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups Really Happened
group of lawyers who have been investigating
the origins of the IRS scandal for the past year-and-a-half say they’ve
uncovered the real roots of the IRS scandal — and they’ll surprise both
liberals and conservatives alike.
Majid Rafizadeh: How
the Islamic Republic Is Manipulating the U.S.
The key to the mullahs’ success
lies in a flaw in Obama’s character.
Victory for Free Speech, NAACP Loses Court Battle to Silence Black Pro-Life
Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The
Radiance Foundation, has a penchant for speaking the truth—on abortion,
civil rights, and a host of other social and cultural issues. If there’s
one thing the Left hates, however, it’s the truth.
Chelsen Vicari: The
Culture's War on Christian Women
Somehow, we have to balance both
"quiet" time and "noisy" time for the sake of the gospel.
Christian Today: Gay
Marriage and the Shaking of the Church In Scotland
For those outside Presbyterian circles
it is difficult to understand the importance of the annual General Assembly
of each Church. This is especially true in Scotland, where for decades
the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was considered the equivalent
of a national parliament. Of course, the times they are a-changin'...the
Church of Scotland has declined from 1.4 million members to fewer than
William Kilpatrick: The
Pope and the Palestinians
Are Vatican officials unaware that
Abbas has personally called for a Palestine that is Judenrein?
Matthew Vadum: Ferguson
Money from George Soros and others
fuels the racist, anti-cop violence.
David Cloud: Understanding
There is widespread rejection today
of the Bible’s teaching on eternal judgment. There is rejection of the
doctrine that only the born again believer in Jesus Christ has eternal
life. There is the idea that there might be other paths to salvation, that
an unbeliever might be saved because of his sincere response to “natural
light,” etc. For example, Don Richardson, author of Peace Child, Eternity
in Their Hearts, and Heaven Wins, says that natural light is “salvific,”
meaning that it is able to bring salvation apart from the knowledge of
Thom Rainer: Twelve
Reasons I Love My Pastor
I love pastors and others who serve
churches vocationally. But I must admit, I don’t verbalize or write about
that love very often. Shame on me. Allow me to take a few moments to articulate
some of the reasons I love my pastor.
Art Rainer: To
Keep or Not to Keep the Minister’s Salary Public?
There are certainly divided opinions
about this issue. Stated simply, should the minister’s salary be kept public
before all church members on a regular basis? For example, some churches
distribute the monthly budget receipts and expenses of the church. In that
monthly report you often see, to the dollar, exactly how much each minister
Gavin Ortlund: When
a Leader Lets You Down
....Whether it’s a moral failing, a
leadership blind spot, a deficiency of wisdom, or some other weakness—at
some point and in some way we will be disappointed by even our heroes.
In fact, because we are all fallen and flawed human beings, it’s not a
matter of whether our leaders will disappoint us—it’s a matter of when
and how much.
T.J. Addington: Pastoral
and Leadership Transitions Are a Precarious Thing
Pastoral transitions are a precarious
thing especially at the end of a career when pastors often don't want to
let go and boards or congregations wish they would. And, nobody wants to
talk about the elephant in the room so the issue simmers under the surface
often causing conflict in subtle ways. It is unfortunate and often hurts
the congregation who may start to feel that the church is adrift losing
its way and it seems that...
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