Stream: 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.”   MORE
Jon Bloom: 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
Headlines & 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 planet.    MORE
Jerusalem Post: 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
Federal Court 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.   MORE
Gallup: 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.   MORE
Daniel Darling: 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.   MORE

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
Christian Today: 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
James Agresti: 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.   MORE
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?
Obama 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.
Joshua 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.
Church 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 gender transition.
France 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
Headlines & Articles for Friday, MAY 22nd, 2015
Erik Raymond: 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
Castro 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
CBN News: 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
USA Today: 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 and 
its ancient ruins, activists said Thursday.  MORE
Ireland’s Gay 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...  MORE
Gallup: Americans ‘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 it.    MORE
Christianity Today: 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.   MORE
UK Telegraph: 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...  MORE
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."    MORE
ABC News: 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.
Common 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. 
Government 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, Metroxpress reports.
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 illustration.
Pastor 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 sexuality.
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 Hopeful
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 and internationally. 
Edmondson: Seven 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: JonahFour 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: AccreditationThe 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 making process.
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 could entail.
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.
Headlines & Articles for Thursday, MAY 21st, 2015
World Watch Monitor: 63 Churches Topple as 
Muslims Move 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.   MORE
Christian Post: Franklin Graham Says American
Christians Are 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
Muslims Massacre 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.  MORE
AP: Widely-Published 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 marriage.
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 the day.
Washington Free Beacon: Ancient Heritage Site at Major Risk 
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
InterVarsity President Alec Hill Steps Down After Cancer Diagnosis
"I look to a future guided by His hand."
Theology Feud Pits Half of Town's Protestant Churches Against Another
Coordinated sermon series against ‘progressive Christianity’ seeks to ‘demonstrate the unity of the body of Christ.’
Scientists 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. 
Stem 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.
National 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. 
In Victory for Free Speech, NAACP Loses Court Battle to Silence Black Pro-Life Activist
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 400,000.
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 Rent-A-Mobs Exposed
Money from George Soros and others fuels the racist, anti-cop violence.
David Cloud: Understanding Eternal Judgment
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 the gospel.
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 makes.
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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Robert G.

Payday Someday    I Kng 21:18,19,23  Mat 10:28
Is Hell a Myth?      Mat. 10:28
Prepare To Meet Thy God    Amos 4:12
The Meaning of Christmas    Luke 1:78
Ichabod: Goodbye To Glory     1 Sam. 4:18-22

Charles H.
I Would, But Ye Would Not!    Mat 23:37
Open House For All Comers   Luke 15:2
Why Some Seekers Are Not Saved   Is 59:1-2
Fathers in Christ    1 Jn 2:13,14
The Fatherhood of God     Mat 6:9
The Drawings of Divine Love    Jn 6:44-45
The Saint's Horror at the Sinner's Hell   Ps 26:9

D. Marytn

A Living Hope of the Hereafter    I Peter 1:3-5
Faith On Trial   Psalm 73:1-2
The Christian & the Non-Christian   Eph. 4:20
The Breadth, Length, Depth, Height of God's Love
God Or Mammon    Matt. 6:19-24

G. Campbell
Christ's Call To Courage    Matt. 9:2, 22
The Optimism of Faith    Heb. 11:1
Christ's Vision of Jerusalem    Luke 9:51
As An Eagle...The Lord Did Lead    Deut. 32:11-12
How To Succeed In Life    Prov. 3:6

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