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What We Learned From the Arrest of Kim Davis

It is jarring to write the words "the arrest of Kim Davis," speaking of the Kentucky clerk who was remanded to jail for refusing to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples, but for years now I and others have been warning that committed Christians could soon face jail time in America for holding to our convictions. That time is now here, and the only thing that is surprising is that anyone is surprised. How could we not see this coming?

A Case for Contraception

Erica Wanis

In the wake of the most recent undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress, the pro-life community is reeling. Any remaining vestiges of doubt about the depths of depravity to which Planned Parenthood has sunk have been eliminated. Calls for the federal government to cut financial ties have never been stronger.

Why So Few Blacks at The Planned Parenthood Protests?

too many aborted, black is beautiful

Following the nationwide Planned Parenthood protests two Saturdays ago, I looked over as many photos of the events as I could find. Most images were from protesters themselves, published on social media. Some were from friends of mine; most were not.

Change in Iran Won't Come From The Ayatollahs

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Just several weeks ago we concluded negotiations with a bad faith partner in the form of the Islamic Republic of Iran, resulting in a nuclear agreement that has been met with skepticism by our Saudi allies and with fury by Israel.

The Good News of the Apocalypse

Wallace Henley Portrait

So what's behind that curtain? People everywhere are asking that question these days. Others want to avoid it because the thought of "apocalypse" is terrifying to them. However, there is also some very good news behind the curtain of history.

Zis Is What I Call Social Madness

Michael Brown

In the latest example of social madness, Rickey Hall, the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is calling on all students to use gender inclusive pronouns like "ze, hir, zir, xe, xem and xyr" in order to make the campus "welcoming and inclusive for all."

Miley Cyrus: From Purity Ring to Perversion

Miley Cyrus

Many who saw Miley hosting Sunday evening's MTV Video Music Awards show or her promo videos leading up to it, experienced both revulsion and heartfelt concern. Anyone dismissing her example for youth today as "edgy yet harmless" entertainment needs to wake up.

Pope Francis' Meeting With 9/11 Families and Multi-Religious Service at Ground Zero to Be Highly Symbolic

The U.S. flag flies as painters work on a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New York City Aug. 28, 2015. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia Sept. 22-27.

The eyes of the world will be on Pope Francis when he makes a visit to the western hemisphere next month, stopping first in Cuba before heading north to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. But his stop at the Ground Zero memorial in NYC amid commemoration of the deaths of thousands due to terrorism has been described by organizers as an "extremely important event for the world."

Slavery, Hitler and Planned Parenthood

Ken Connor

Human beings have always had an extraordinary capacity for self-delusion. We justify horrible things by telling ourselves that we are acting in the service of a noble cause, or by dehumanizing the victims of our unjust actions.

Love Warns

Michael Brown

Love wins. Understood rightly, it is gloriously true. But love also warns. In fact, love that does not warn is not love at all.

Environmental Protection Agency Does More Harm Than Good

Susan Stamper Brown

Like the road to Hell, liberal ideas are usually paved with good intentions. But, as Ronald Reagan once said, "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so." And all that vast un-knowledge births monster government agencies like the EPA, which end up doing more harm than good.

Should We Watch Murders on Social Media?

Russell Moore

I watched a video this morning that I'm ashamed to say I viewed. No, it wasn't pornography — at least not the kind of pornography we typically think of. The video was the live shooting of two television journalists as they were reporting in Virginia.

Will We Survive the Obama Presidency and the Iranian Bomb?

Barack Obama

When, in 2012, I authored a cautionary tale about the dangers of a nuclear Iran, I never imagined a U.S. president who would, just a few years later, actively try to strengthen Iran's geopolitical and financial position while providing international legitimacy to the Iranian nuclear program. But sometimes truth is scarier than fiction.

Did God Send a Prophet to Rebuke John MacArthur?

John MacArthur

A self-proclaimed prophet from Scotland disrupted a Sunday morning service on August 16th as Pastor MacArthur stood behind the pulpit, rebuking him for teaching cessationism and for being divisive, announcing that he was a prophet sent by God.

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Human Rights Group Demands US Take 65,000 Syrian Refugees to Help Europe With Migration Crisis

A human rights group has called on the United States government to step up its outreach to Syrian refugees and resettle 65,000 people before the end of 2016. While the U.S. has said that it will accept between 5,000 to 8,000 refugees, the International Rescue Committee said that is far from enough to really help Europe in its migrant crisis.

Pastor Saeed Abedini's Wife Pleads to Meet With President of Iran in New York to Discuss Husband's Release

Nagmeh Abedini, wife of American Pastor Saeed Abedini who has been imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith since 2012, has made an impassioned plea to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, when he travels to New York City later this month, in hopes to personally lobby the president for her husband's freedom.

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Jailed for Jesus: Kentucky Clerk Sent to the Slammer for Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

A county clerk in Kentucky has been found guilty of contempt and sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples due to her own religious objections.

6 Interesting Facts About the Christian Faith of Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio is often cited in the media as the second preferred choice as the presidential nominee for many Republican voters. The Florida senator initially emerged as the conservative dark horse candidate during the 2010 Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, eventually overtaking former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

Empower Parents to Choose Public, Private or Religious Education, Robert Jeffress, Ed Young, Other Pastors Tell Texas Supreme Court

Pastor Robert Jeffress

A coalition of conservative pastors including Robert Jeffress and Ed Young have sent an amicus brief to the Texas Supreme Court stating that it is "unconstitutionally inefficient" for the state to prohibit taxpayer dollars from going to religious-based private schools when there are students who want to attend such institutions instead of public schools.

J.D. Greear, lead pastor of the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Pastor With 9,000-Member Congregation Says Churches Should Stop Focusing on Numbers

J.D. Greear, lead pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, has been noted for taking a 300-member church and growing the congregation to more than 9,000, making it one of the 100 fastest-growing churches in the U.S. So perhaps Greear can afford to say that pastors should stop their obsession with "gathering and counting" and instead get excited about the possible impact of "raising up and sending out" their members.

Josh Wilson
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Acclaimed Singer Josh Wilson: You Must Let Go of Your Past to Truly Find Freedom Through Jesus

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Wilson says letting go of the past is essential in finding freedom through Jesus Christ, which is the message behind his latest album, "That Was Then, This Is Now."

Bible Epic 'Risen' Linked to Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ' Faces Questions of Anti-Semitism Months Before Release

Joseph Fiennes (L) and Tom Felton as Roman soldiers Clavius and Lucius in a scene from Risen

Sony Pictures Entertainment has closely linked its upcoming faith-based film "Risen," about the hunt for Jesus Christ's crucified body, to the controversial 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," claiming that the thriller picks up where Mel Gibson's top-grossing Christian film leaves off. But like its predecessor was accused by some critics of being anti-Semitic, "Risen" is also facing questions about perceived troublesome portrayals of some of its Jewish characters.

A man carries a girl as they rush away from a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria August 24, 2015.
(Photo: Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)

Syrian Church Leader Begs Christians to Stay Despite War and Persecution; Warns Christianity Is Disappearing

A senior Catholic leader in Syria is asking young Christians to stay in the war-torn country despite the ongoing violence and persecution they face, noting that parishes are being emptied and Christianity is disappearing from the region.

Scott Bakken
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The Socality Movement: How the Changing Role of Local Churches Inspired a 'New Form of Evangelism' (Video)

Christianity is said to be on the decline in the United States, according to a Pew Research survey, and 2 billion people around the world still haven't heard the name of Jesus Christ, according to David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Husband Plants 4 Miles of Sunflowers to Honor Wife Who Died From Cancer

the Jaquish family

If you take Highway 85 through Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you'll see a touching tribute from a husband to his late wife — thousands of bright yellow sunflowers lining the road for 4-and-a-half miles. Don Jaquish made it his mission to honor his wife Babbette's memory by planting fields of her favorite flower. Babbette died last November at 66, after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.

Mother Who Gives Birth to Conjoined Twins Gives Glory to God Even After One Baby Dies in Surgery

Hannah and Olivia McCullough

A Hastings, Minnesota, woman who gave birth to conjoined twin girls last week but is now grieving the loss of one which died during an operation to separate the sisters, is also giving thanks to God through her heartbreak. Amber McCullough, a 31-year-old U.S. Army Reserves captain and attorney, gave birth to Hannah and Olivia via Cesarean section at just 32 weeks into her pregnancy at Children's Hospital Colorado.