This week, the NCAA ratcheted up the pressure on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal HB 2, "the bathroom law." The collegiate sports group has laid down a clear ultimatum – repeal quickly or forfeit championship events being located in the Tar Heel state through 2022.
It's bad enough when misguided citizens, those sunk deeply in the muck and mire of worldly values, come out against what's clearly an irrevocable law of nature. But it's nothing less than a scandal that reaches heaven itself when clergy do it in God's name.
Not long ago I had a speaking engagement at a relatively small church in North Carolina when five families moved their membership that Sunday morning from another church nearby.
There is a finding from a new national survey by the American Culture and Faith Institute (ACFI) that's very encouraging.
Certain lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly are in a tizzy to reach a compromise on HB 2 to satisfy the NCAA, and other sports entities.
During the late 1960s and early 70s my mother was a country music singer. She had one top ten hit on the Billboard charts — a country version of "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down" that went to number 9.
For more than 100 years, it's been the Boy Scouts. Its purpose was to grow and develop young boys into good men who become great citizens. Churches by the thousands have sponsored the Boy Scouts program because of its emphasis on being "morally straight."
Figuratively speaking, the ambient noise generators of our day trick us with their sophistication, half-truths, false comparisons, revisionism, and many other distractions of contention. Only people who truly listen can distinguish truth from falsehood.
Can you imagine how impoverished the world would be without people like Shawn Hessee?
It was April 1969. One hundred black students had taken over the student union on the campus of Cornell University in a protest for civil rights.
There is something fearfully wrong about President Obama. He has an affinity for those who despise the children of Abraham, as well as spiritual Israel, the church of Jesus Christ.
It was both disappointing and frustrating recently to learn what the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had done.
There are more than two thousand prophecies found in the Scriptures and 333 of them deal with the coming of the Messiah. The life of Jesus astonishingly fulfills every one of them.
How easy it is to take our blessings for granted – to grow so accustomed to them that they lose their beauty. Like the waiters and busboys completely preoccupied with their daily grind and no longer awestruck with Old Faithful - we can become unmoved by the wonders of life. Worse still, we can become oblivious to the faithfulness of God.
The votes for advancing alcohol sales across the Tar Heel state were alarming this year. A total of 27 alcohol referendums were held in Alexander, Bertie, Burke, Camden, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Gaston, Haywood, Johnston, and Stanly counties. Every referendum succeeded with votes in favor of greater access to alcohol besting limited sales by an average of 62.3% to a 37.1% margin.
It appears that we are at a juncture in American history where we've lost sight of civility in politics. We seemed to be shocked by the anger, the violence, and lack of restraint that we're witnessing. However, much of it, in my estimation, is the harvest we've been sowing for quite a while.
We mostly think of idolatry as something long abandoned to the past. But just as sure as the gods of the Egyptians, the Canaanites, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, and the Romans of yesteryear clashed with the bearers of true religion, it is no less true today.
This year's Presidential election presents a quandary for many Christian conservatives. The choice between the nominees for the Democratic and Republican parties leaves much to be desired. Both candidates obviously have character issues.
Barbara Bartocci, a Kansas City inspirational and motivational speaker, once wrote that betrayal can be like an earthquake. "The very ground beneath you is suddenly unstable," she said.
There has always been a deficit in the trust factor between the American people and politicians. According to recent Gallup polling, however, trust in political leaders is at its lowest point since 2004 — down 20 percentage points.
To argue that pastors should avoid all politicking and just stick to preaching, I suggest, is not only unbiblical but un-American.
Although we honor labor this time of the year, more often than not we see work as a negative rather than something positive.
The experience set me to thinking — thinking back to when Christians during the first century were thrown to the lions in the Roman coliseums. In the clutches of these mighty creatures, they were tossed about like rag dolls, disemboweled, torn from limb to limb, for not renouncing or compromising their faith in Christ's Lordship.
In Psalm 1, the Psalmist provides a beautiful picture of a tree bearing abundant fruit because its roots continually draw nourishment from the river next to it.
There is a quote from England's Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon, of the late 19th century that has been a guiding light for my work.