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Robert P. George: Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom Cannot Coexist

Robert P. George

Gay marriage proponents will not allow for religious freedom of their political opponents because their belief system does not allow for the fact that dissenters can be reasonable people of goodwill, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, argued at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture.

Re-Heroizing Missions Work to the Next Generation

Greg Stier

I believe youth ministry is facing mission-drift when it comes to missions work. Far too many of our younger youth leaders view the "missionary" as an ancient relic of a bygone era whose place is as a dimly lit picture in the foyer of a steepled church on a "Go ye into all the world" wall. Missionaries are either ignored, marginalized or viewed as a necessity to pacify older tithers in the church and keep them happy.

How Do You Really Forgive Someone Who Hurt You?

Perry Noble

Forgiveness is MUCH DEEPER than a feeling (if we wait until we feel like forgiving we will never actually forgive) but rather a choice I have to make over and over again when the pain from what was done to me hits me out of nowhere.

Who Are the 5 Pastors in the Houston Sermon Subpoena Scandal?

Steve Riggle

Although much has been reported regarding the ethics and legality behind the city of Houston's subpoena of five Houston-area pastors that had asked them to turn over all of their sermons that address homosexuality, gender identity, and the city's first openly-lesbian mayor, little attention has been given to who those five pastors actually are and the ministries they operate.

Why Are These Pastors Being Threatened With Fines of $1,000 Per Day?

Focus on the Family president Jim Daly recently spoke on same-sex marriage on NPR\'s

People of faith do not forfeit their freedoms of speech and religion when they go into business. Public accommodations laws that elevate homosexual behavior to a protected status have been used to punish churches, wedding photographers, bakers, florists, wedding venues, faith-based adoption agencies, and even t-shirt makers in various states for refusing to participate in or promote an event or message that violated their conscience.

Are You Tired of Negative Political Ads?

Jim Denison

If you live in one of the 11 states where a Senate race is closely contested, you may be thinking of leaving home until after the November election. One study found that voters are seeing an attack on a candidate in 3 of every 4 Senate ads. You and I can't do much about the negative ads we must endure for another two weeks. But we can do something about our response to the anger they reflect.

Climate Change, Creation Care, and the Cosmic Glue

Paul de Vries portrait

In 2014, the agenda for right action when it comes to the creation, our environment, is still best described by the Scriptures. Creation-care guidance includes four vital Biblical teachings, all four of them introduced early in the Bible and then repeated significantly throughout its pages.

8 Causes of Pastoral Ministry Slump

Thom Rainer

The "slump" metaphor is used often in sports. The baseball hitter is in a slump because he has not gotten a hit in 15 at bats. The football quarterback is in a slump because he has only completed eight passes in the past two games.

Suicide, Self-Absorption, and Men

Kenny Luck

After spending a decade on the phones counseling depressed, down, and suicidal people I have come to the conclusion that suicide (in some form) is a thought all men have pondered.

The Single Greatest Civil Rights Threat of Our Time

samuel rodriguez

We live in a time where the very freedom to express our respective faith values stands threatened – a road we have never been down before. From the HHS mandate requiring religious organizations to sacrifice conviction on the altar of political expediency to the failed attempt by Uncle Sam to require businesses, such as Hobby Lobby, to abandon conscience or suffer the consequences of continued litigation, our freedom to worship stands threatened.

Secular Jihad in Houston

Wallace Henley Portrait

Secular jihad – that's the best way to characterize the subpoenaing of sermons and other communications from pastors opposing the Houston city regime and their "bathroom law."

Would the Pope Choose the Middle Chair?

dan delzell opinion page

In an article I wrote last week entitled, "Three Chairs at the Gate of Heaven," I laid out how a person can be assured of entering heaven when he dies. I encourage you to read it and see if you think it's what the pope believes. The Gospel message is the foundation of the Christian faith. And it's a message which all people, including Catholics, need to hear.

Seven Good Things About the Houston Subpoena Controversy

Thom Rainer

I share the outrage of millions who were stunned when the city of Houston issued subpoenas to five area pastors. I am stunned and angered by this massive encroachment upon local churches by a governmental body. But there is an additional perspective to this horrendous act.

Learning to Manage Anger and Walk in Peace

Joyce Meyer

We have all experienced anger at some point in our lives, and it can be a real problem. Though it starts as a harmless feeling, it can quickly grow into something dangerous that's hard to control. But with God's help, we can learn how to deal with our feelings and walk in His peace

Hand Over Your Sermon, or Else

Eric Metaxas

In America, a city government has demanded that religious leaders turn over their sermons or face contempt of court charges, even possibly jail time. Words fail me. This is beyond outrageous. We have been warning for years that our religious liberties are in peril in every aspect of life.

Why Not Just Hand the Sermons Over?

russell d. moore

The controversy in Houston rages on, after City Hall subpoenaed sermons from pastors and churches on issues of sexuality and gender identity. The obvious violation of basic American principles of religious liberty and separation of church and state here have united even those who are opposed to one another on all sorts of other issues, including sexuality and gender. But there are some who wonder why not simply comply with the subpoenas and hand the sermons over?

A Collective Hope for Persecuted Christians in November

David Curry Open Doors USA

Just a few months ago, I visited Tiananmen Square. It is a place where, 25 years ago, a lone protestor stood in front of a tank—an image that captured the imagination of the world—to protest the suppression of freedom in China. It was a powerful illustration of the power of social movements. In January 2014, I stood in Tahir Square in Cairo on the eve of Egyptians voting on a new constitution.

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Tim Keller to Christian Leaders at Movement Day: Call Out City's Sin Without Boasting, Help Bring Peace

Pastors and Christian leaders should be unashamed to call out a city for its sin while at the same time working towards peace, said Tim Keller, the lead pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, at the Christian leadership conference called Movement Day.

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Nina Pham
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Dallas Nurse Thanks God After Being Declared Ebola-Free; Receives Hug From Obama

Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola after treating Liberian national Thomas Duncan in Texas, said she believes in the power of prayer, after she was declared virus-free and released from Md. hospital Friday. She also met President Obama at the White House, and received a hug.

Mark Driscoll
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Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll Reports Death Threats, Attacks at His Home

Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll told the audience at 2014 Gateway Conference Monday that his family is going through "a very trying season" of death threats, physical attacks, and night terrors.

Crescendo
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Award-Winning Short Film 'Crescendo' Released on YouTube; Producer Hopes Pro-Life Themed Film Becomes Most Watched in History

The award-winning short film "Crescendo" was released on YouTube Tuesday and its producer said that he hopes the pro-life themed movie becomes "the most watched film in history over the next 12 months."

Fighters of the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant carry their weapons during a
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ISIS Rakes in $800 Million in Black Market Oil Sales Per Year, $2 Million Daily, Report Estimates

The Islamic State terror group is raking in an estimated $800 million per year, or $2 million per day, in crude oil sales which is produced in oil regions the group captured in the past year in Iraq and Syria, a U.S.-based global analytics group reported on Monday.

ISIS Security Official Claims Virgins Separated From Captured Women, Given as Award to Fighters

ISIS

information on the man's identity, and issued an appeal for help in identifying individuals heading overseas to join militants in combat. An Islamic State security official revealed that when ISIS seized the Yazidi religious minority region of Sinjar in northern Iraq in early August, ISIS militants separated virgin girls from the rest of the captured women for the sole purpose of designating them to be given away as sex prizes to ISIS fighters, a group of anti-Islamic State activists reported.

nik wallenda
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Christian High-Wire Artist Nik Wallenda Plans to Walk the Tight Rope Blindfolded in Windy Chicago Next Month

High-wire artist Nick Wallenda said he plans to walk a tight rope 65 stories off the ground between the west and east towers of Chicago's Marina City building blindfolded next month in the hopes of encouraging others to challenge themselves.