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Oregon Declares War on the Christian Faith and Aaron and Melissa Klein

Michael Brown

In one of the most egregious anti-Christian acts committed by a state official in recent memory, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian not only upheld the ridiculous $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony, but he ordered the Kleins to "cease and desist" from making any public comments about their religious convictions relative to this case.

Movie Review: 'Faith of Our Fathers' Is Solid Tribute to 'Forgotten' Vietnam Veterans; Showcases Faith on Battlefield

faith of our fathers

As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a new movie that hit theaters Wednesday – just in time for Independence Day – seeks to honor the men and women who served in the war that so deeply divided America that we often ignore it. The movie is called "Faith of Our Fathers," and it spotlights the Vietnam War in a way that other movies have not.

Was June 26 a Day of Celebration or Infamy?

Wallace Henley Portrait

The day the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision compelling all the states to redefine marriage was considered among the darkest days in our history for some, while others danced and celebrated.

Never Give Up!

Joyce Meyer

It is said that in the heat of a battle during World War II, Winston Churchill gave a speech that consisted of one sentence. He said, "Never, never, never, never give up!" I don't know if that's really the only thing he said, but I do believe the Holy Spirit is speaking that one thing to many of us today.

20 Questions for Christians Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

dan delzell opinion page

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has imposed same-sex marriage upon every state in the nation, it would be wise for each of us to think through this issue a little deeper. And so here are 20 questions for anyone who supports this newfangled definition of marriage:

'The Jesus Experience' Book Review: A Brutally Honest Christian's Testimony Highlights the Shortcomings of Works-Based Faith

The Jesus Experience

In his latest book, "The Jesus Experience," Christian author and filmmaker Bill Myers attempts to reignite faith in older believers and help new ones avoid the traps of works-based Christianity through a narrative on how his walk with God was transformed when he finally realized he didn't need to impress God with deeds and good behavior.

SCOTUS Has Put an 'Air Hammer' to America's Foundations

Wallace Henley Portrait

There is a stunned silence in the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court of the United States' assault on the Constitution inherent in its ruling on same-sex marriage — even though most knew it was coming. Nevertheless, let us now pause and consider the enormity of the decision.

Supreme Deception

Tony Perkins

In one breathtaking move, the nation's highest court took for itself the power reserved for its people—overturning the votes of millions of Americans and demanding that they walk away from millennia of human history, human nature, and the explicit teachings of Scripture in the process.

Time for the Confederate Flag to Be Retired

Richard Land Portrait

The tragic events of recent days have once again focused the emotions of much of the nation on the Confederate flag and what it stands for and what it does not. I understand that for many people the Confederate flag stands for history, heritage, and the bravery and courage of their ancestors. However, the flag has been despoiled and sullied by the KKK and other white supremacists who have cloaked their evil deeds and beliefs with the "Stars and Bars."

A Helpful Guide to Cultural Unity: Leadership Culture (Part 3)

The Lessons of Mars Hill\'s Fall

As a leader and pastor of a church, you need to understand what type of culture exists in your church leadership. And though it may seem that all should agree on the essential natures of sin, repentance, and forgiveness, slight differences during the good times turn into massive chasms when crisis comes.

The Eternal Victory of the Charleston Martyrs

Mark D. Tooley

The nine Bible study attenders murdered in Charleston were targeted for their race but they can rightly be honored as Christian martyrs, slain in their church while examining God's Word and offering hospitality to the disturbed visitor who became their killer.

7 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall

Shane Idleman

Within weeks, two of my heroes have fallen from grace, and some of my friends in pastoral ministry have taken detours in their destiny as well. Moral failings among leaders are becoming an epidemic

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Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State kneel in front of armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli, in this still image from an undated video made available on social media on February 15, 2015.

Saudi Sheikh Who Taught ISIS Fighters 'Jihad 101' Asks for Bible After Growing 'Sick of the Killing,' Missionary Claims

An Islamic theologian responsible for teaching ISIS militants "jihad 101" has turned to the Bible after growing "sick of the killing" and finding himself yearning for something "better," according to a Christian missionary who works in the Middle East.

Greeks Reject Europe's Bailout Terms; Atheist Prime Minister Hails 'No' Vote a 'Victory of Democracy'

As Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject Europe's latest bailout offer with severe austerity as a condition, the country's atheist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called it a "victory of democracy." The Eurogroup chief, on the other hand, expressed concern, saying the result is "very regrettable for the future of Greece."

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Franklin Graham Slams 'Outrageous' Attack on 'Freedom of Speech' Following Ruling Fining Oregon Christian Bakers $135K for Refusing to Make Gay Wedding Cake

The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out against what he calls an "outright attack" on freedom of speech after Oregon's Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner Brad Avakin upheld an earlier ruling that forces Christian bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 for refusing to participate in a lesbian wedding.

Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Texas preaching in front of the congregation in an undated photo.

Ed Young's Megachurch Says Glenn Beck Is Headlining July 4 'Freedom Experience' Because He's an American Patriot Who Loves God

Glenn Beck, conservative radio host and television personality, is the featured guest at pastor Ed Young Jr.'s Texas megachurch over the July 4th weekend because Beck, long affiliated with the Mormon Church, "is a man who is undoubtedly an American patriot, loves this country, and has shown his love for God in many ways," according to a spokesman.

Si Robertson
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'Duck Dynasty's Si Robertson Says There's No Such Thing as an Atheist; Talks New Film 'Faith of Our Fathers'

'Duck Dynasty' star Si Robertson, who's known for being an outspoken Christian, told CP Voice earlier this week that as a Vietnam veteran he knows there's no such thing as an atheist because when people find themselves in a life-threatening situation they cry out to God, saying, "please help me."

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ISIS Executes Over 3,000 Men, Women and Children in First Year of Islamic Caliphate, Part of 'Apocalypse Ideology'

In the first year of its self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate, ISIS jihadists executed over 3,027 people, among them being at least 86 women and 76 children, as reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Some analysts have suggested such executions are part of an "apocalypse ideology."

Naghmeh Abedini, Pastor Saeed Abedini and their two young children in this undated family photo.
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Pastor Saeed Abedini's Wife Shares 'Excruciating Pain' in Letter to Husband Imprisoned in Iran, Marking 11th Wedding Anniversary

The wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini sent a letter to her husband on the day of their 11th wedding anniversary, describing the "excruciating pain" she's in without him while he's being held inside an Iranian prison because of his Christian faith.

Is Plastic Surgery a Sin? Doctor Argues 'Jesus Performed Plastic Surgery'

Plastic surgery

Cosmetic surgery procedures are on the rise across the United States, with an estimated 15.6 million procedures in 2014, a 3 percent increase from the previous year. While it remains unknown what percentage of Christians make up the millions undergoing these vanity procedures each year, believers who've suffered from botched surgeries are now declaring the practice sinful, but not everyone agrees.