An atheist activist who brought legal action against a Texas church to stop the construction of a 230-foot cross on its property, has agreed to dismiss his case in a "settlement," after the church counter-sued the atheist.
Atheist Patrick Greene, who sued the Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, and its Pastor, Rick Milby, over their plan to construct the tallest cross in the Western Hemisphere, dropped the case and pledged this week not to file baseless lawsuits over the freedom of exercise of religion, according to KRISTV.com.
"We hope that Mr. Greene along with atheists everywhere that seem to file baseless lawsuits will now think twice about doing such a thing," Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute, which filed the counter suit on behalf of the church, was quoted as saying. more >>
Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer has responded to the news that Canada might be considering two-year prison terms for speech deemed as being anti-transgender by stating that the "gay gestapo" is on a "mission from the dark lord."
"The gay gestapo is on a mission from the dark lord to relentlessly harass, intimidate, punish, and silence every advocate of sexual normalcy," said Fischer, who hosts "Focal Point" on American Family Radio.
"Now the deviancy cabal intends to send preachers who speak the truth about transgenderism and transvestitism to jail for two years," he added. more >>
Eleven American states have filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama's administration and its recent directive to public schools calling for transgender students to be allowed to use the bathrooms of their choosing.
The Washington Post reported that the states of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin have joined the lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, which argues that Obama's guidance has "no basis in law."
It further warns that if students are allowed to use the restrooms based on their gender identity, it would turn educational settings across the U.S. "into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over common-sense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights." more >>
Hell exists because of the ultimate sin of choosing something else over God, John Piper says.
Piper, who serves as a pastor, theologian, and founder of DesiringGod.org, discussed the topic of hell's existence in a sermon published to the website, explaining that the fiery punishment of hell exists as a penalty for the ultimate, infinite sin: seeing God's glory and still choosing an alternative over Him.
"We look at [God's] glory. We look at his power. We look at his wisdom. We look at his beneficence. And we don't say, 'Thank you,' and we don't say, 'You are great.' We say, 'I am going to trade you for something that I really want," Piper explains. more >>
Pastor Perry Noble says there are two important and potentially life-changing questions Christians can ask themselves in order to move forward in their personal faith.
Noble, who heads NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, said during a recent sermon that the two questions are: "God, what is my next step?" Once this question is answered, the next important question is, "What am I waiting for?"
These questions are especially important to people who are currently feeling stuck in their spiritual journey and need some motivation to move forward, he explains. more >>
God is still God and in the end, Jesus always gets the last word. So don't panic. Be kind, loving and gracious to all. You can afford to be gracious if you worship Jesus the King. But also be an informed and active faithful witness of God's Word and wisdom in the world.
We've gone way off the rails as a nation, in a way that is quite rebellious against God. And it's at the expense of a very small but vulnerable segment of our population.
Here's a little bit of what I mean: more >>