Houston Mayor Annise Parker
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Seven Good Things About the Houston Subpoena Controversy

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.

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  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    Rob Schwarzwalder

    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point.

  • LGBT: The 'T' Is for Tyranny

    Matt Barber

    Tranny tyranny. Strike that. "LGBT" tyranny. Lesbian, gay, bisexual tyranny. That, generally speaking, is what's on display in Houston right now. But trust me: Unlike Vegas, what happens in Houston will, most definitely, not stay in Houston – not if Democrats continue to have their way.

  • Houston's Mayor Parker Is a Villain, Not a Hero

    Jeff Crouere

    This week the country learned that in the politically red state of Texas is the liberal, blue city of Houston, which is led by Mayor Annise Parker, an avowed lesbian.

  • Kansas Senate Race Is a National Election

    Star Parker

    Former Democrat House Speaker Tip O'Neill's political wisdom that "All politics is local" has been a staple in political thinking for many years. But the truth of the matter is that, regarding elections for national office, politics is really, today, a national business

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  • Nicolas Cage Prefers Channeling Energy Over Acting

    dan delzell opinion page

    Nicolas Cage doesn't like to act. He would rather become the character than pretend he is the character. And Nic has discovered the craft of channeling energy as a means to reach for that goal.

  • 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.

  • On Gay Marriage and the Hillsong Movement: Did Jesus Call Us to be Relevant or Biblical?

    Michael Brown

    Last week, Michael Paulson of The New York Times asked Pastor Brian Houston, founder of the Hillsong movement, "Can your pastors preside at same-sex marriages?"

  • Does Islam Oppress Women? A Feminist Says No

    Chelsen Vicari

    It's hard to believe that a young woman growing up in America's Deep South would choose to convert to Islam because she is a feminist. With bad news focusing on ISIS' enslavement and torture of women, Hamas' use of women and children as human shields, and Boko Haram kidnapping young Christian girls from their schoolyards all with the common quest to implement Sharia Law, Islam just isn't the religion that comes to mind when I think of women's rights and equality

Editorial

  • The Tax Code Is Public Policy

    Yes, the tax burden the U.S. government imposes on its people is more onerous than those imposed by the governments of such "progressive" countries as Sweden, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

  • Our Savior's Strategy of Communication

    In the book of Revelation the risen, ascended Lord Jesus Christ appears to the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos and, among other things, gives the Beloved Apostle a letter to each of seven churches in Asia Minor. In each of the letters if the church was doing something right He always told them what they were doing well before He told them what they were doing wrong. Would it not revolutionize our churches if Christians applied Jesus' strategy in discussions and disagreements with our brothers and sisters in Christ?

  • IS (Islamic State): A Civilizational Threat

    This is what makes IS such a grave threat to the civilized world. The closest analogy to IS in modern history is the U.S.S.R. (The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), which was dedicated to imposing communism worldwide, heedless of national boundaries.

  • The American Revolution vs the French Revolution

    Today, July 14th is Bastille Day. On that day in 1789 the French people stormed the Bastille, thus igniting the spark that led to the French Revolution.

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