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When a Friendship With God Becomes Natural

dan delzell opinion page

It's not natural to know God as your friend. It just isn't. That is, until you enter a supernatural relationship with your Creator. Only then does it feel "natural" to talk to God as a friend.

Houston Mayor Drops Bid to Subpoena Pastors' Sermons

Todd Starnes

Subpoenas issued to five Houston pastors demanding all sermons and correspondence dealing with homosexuality, gender identity and the city's Equal Rights ordinance have been withdrawn, the city's first openly lesbian mayor announced at a Wednesday press conference.

How Do You Really Forgive Someone Who Hurt You?

perry noble

I was having a really great day…a REALLY great day… When all of a sudden "IT" hit me – the memory of what "that person" did to me over 30 years ago. Within a couple of seconds I went from happiness and joy to pain and anger ... serious anger, like I wanted to hurt someone anger.

ERLC Conference Discussion on 'The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage' Draws Plenty of Fireworks via #ERLC2014

ERLC conference

Day one of a three-day conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Commission discussing how Christians should react to the ongoing battle between those framing the homosexual lifestyle debate as a civil rights issue and those supporting what they believe to be biblical moral values, including traditional marriage, featured plenty of fireworks – most happening online through social media.

David Gushee's Gay-Switch, Biblical Scholarship, and Slanted Reporting

robert gagnon

David Gushee has recast bad scholarship as martyrdom. According to his FB post, there are only two kinds of people in the world: Those who care for same-sex attracted persons and those who don't. He feels that love for same-sex attracted persons demands that we twist Scripture to mean what it can't possibly mean, read in its historical and literary context, so that such persons can now enter into homosexual unions free of any societal reservation or stricture.

When Your Jewish Family Member Meets Yeshua

dan delzell opinion page

People generally don't expect to have someone in their family start down a new spiritual path. And so it's only natural for Jews to become fearful when a loved one becomes a follower of Yeshua (Jesus Christ).

Voting: How Hungry and Thirsty Are You for Righteousness?

Mark Creech

In his great Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled" (Matt.5:6). Bible commentator William Barclay once wrote that it is difficult for us to feel the full import of Christ's words in this text. Unlike the people living in Palestine at the time – people for whom hunger and thirst were a problem every day – few moderns living in a period of prosperity know anything about real hunger and thirst.

7 Things I've Learned from Joyous Pastors' Wives

Thom Rainer

For certain, I have learned from other spouses of ministers as well. But the most frequent comments have come from pastors' wives. In this article, I share with you the lessons I've learned from pastors' wives who tell me they have found great joy and meaning in their lives. Here are seven of those lessons:

7 Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Practice Fasting

Fasting with One Eye on the Pie

Fasting – not our favorite topic. We don't usually like to talk about not eating. In fact, nobody talked to me about fasting when I was a young believer. I didn't learn about this spiritual discipline until I was already a local church pastor.

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.

I Love Jesus Too Much to Call Myself a 'Gay Christian'

matt moore

There's a new kind of Gay Christian. Most of us are aware of the Justin Lees and the Matthew Vines, but, unlike those guys and like myself, these new Gay Christians hold fast to the truth of Scripture regarding the sinfulness of homosexual behavior.

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.

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Christian Leader With Same-Sex Attraction Says Parents Must Show Love for Their Gay Children

Sharing his own story of becoming a Christian as a same-sex attracted man at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's National Conference Tuesday, Moody Bible professor Christopher Yuan revealed how Christian parents can best love their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual children and guide them back to the Gospel.

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Annise Parker
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Conservatives Send More Than 1,000 Bibles to Houston Mayor Annise Parker's Office After Sermons Are Subpoenaed

The mayor's office of the city of Houston in Texas confirmed Thursday that conservatives sent in more than 1,000 Bibles to the city's first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, in protest after the sermons of five local pastors were subpoenaed in a legal dispute over a controversial ordinance some say will allow men to use women's restrooms in the city.

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Churches Should Shift Priorities From Defending to Re-Teaching Marriage, Say ERLC Conference Panelists

A panel of Christian leaders sounded off on the current state marriage and the distorted view young adults have of its meaning at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's National Conference held this week in Nashville.

NYC's Movement Day Highlights Amachi Mentoring Program; Church Partnership Is Helping 300,000 Children of Incarcerated Parents

Movement Day Conference: Civic Leaders Panel

This year's New York City Movement Day event for Christian leaders demonstrated the importance of effective partnerships between faith communities and civic leaders. Former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., president of the Palau Association, shared the success he's witnessed from a program he founded that mentors and builds relationships with the children of incarcerated parents.

Christian Bale
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Christian Bale Calling Moses Mentally Ill, 'Barbaric' Is Ignorant Bigotry, Says Christian Writer Brian Godawa

Christian writer Brian Godawa dismissed recent comments made by actor Christian Bale characterizing the biblical Moses as "schizophrenic" and "barbaric" as ignorant bigotry.

Pope Francis
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Pope Francis Says Evolution Is Not Inconsistent With God, Backs Scientific Advancements

Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday.

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Apple, Facebook Insinuate 'Mothers Are Not Welcomed in the Workplace' With Freezing Egg Benefit, Says Christian Theologian

Although some are praising Silicon Valley technology companies Facebook and Apple for offering to pay for their female employees to undergo egg freezing procedures that would allow them to put off childbirth until after the prime of their careers, a Christian ethicist is arguing that companies paying for such fertility treatments send the message that "mothers are not welcomed in the workplace during the prime of their careers."