According to Associated Press reports, "California has become the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want." Additionally, The new law gives students the right "to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities based on their self-perception and regardless of their birth gender" (Emphasis mine).
At first glance you might be compelled to respond in anger or even disgust but when filtered through the lens of Paul's letter to the church in Rome, I submit that we may want to respond differently.
As Paul opens his epistle, he begins with a summary of the "good news," adding that he is "under obligation to both Greeks and to barbarians … to the wise and to the foolish" to make this good news known (Romans 1:14 ESV). In other words, no one is excluded from the hope of a new life in Christ. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of Republican lawmakers, urging a federal district court in California to save the 29-foot cross at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego.
"We have filed a critical amicus brief urging a federal district court in California on behalf of 18 members of Congress to permit a private group to obtain the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement Thursday. "This proposed remedy is an alternative to the plaintiffs' request for a court order requiring that the memorial's commemorative cross be removed."
The cross was declared unconstitutional by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2011 on the grounds that the federal government was operating the memorial. And after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take an appeal by the Liberty Institute in 2012, legal efforts have been focused on whether the cross must be removed. more >>
As many as 34,000 people heard Pastor Greg Laurie's message on how to start all over again on the second night of the Harvest event at Southern California's Angel Stadium Saturday. More than 3,000 people came forward to accept Jesus, who alone, as Laurie said, can change human beings.
"Tonight there were 34,000 people attending at the stadium and 3,059 made professions of faith in Jesus Christ!" the organizers tweeted late on Saturday, the second of the three nights of the evangelistic event in Anaheim.
"I have a question… do people change?" Laurie, pastor of Harvest Church in Riverside, Calif., asked the crowd as he began his message following gospel music by Flyleaf, Phil Wickham and for King & Country. "Is it impossible for you to change? …Do you need to change?" more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. – More than 28,000 people came out on a warm summer evening to hear evangelist Greg Laurie give the message of the gospel on the first of three nights of the SoCal Harvest event at Angel Stadium Friday. However, the Southern California pastor warned at the beginning that the subject he was about to preach on was not a comfortable one – death.
"My message title for this evening is 'I Don't Want to Talk About It," Laurie said. "That title is based on something my mom used to say whenever our conversation turned toward spiritual matters."
Laurie said his mother, who was a "dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe," had been married several times with several boyfriends in between and had problems with alcohol. He lived in a home that "was the opposite of a Christian home." more >>
Former megachurch pastor and controversial Christian author Rob Bell is celebrating his 43rd birthday by rallying supporters to join him in topping funds raised by the likes of celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and Depeche Mode by pooling together $43,000 to help provide more than 800 million people around the world living without clean water.
"August 23rd is my birthday and this year I'll be turning 43. Now we all know that the older you get, the less of a big deal you make about your birthday. But not me, and not this year," Bell shares in a note mailed out to supporters about the crowdfunding campaign. The same message is included on Bell's my.charity.org profile page.
The What We Talk About When We Talk About God and Love Wins author has joined hundreds of others in lending his support to charity: water, the nonprofit founded several years ago by photographer and committed Christian Scott Harrison (read CP's profile on Harrison). more >>
Pro-Life activists praised Biola University, a private Christian university in La Mirada, Calif., for publicly apologizing for a May incident where it denied recent nursing graduate Diana Jimenez the ability to display a graphic anti-abortion sign.
"I am very excited at the degree of humility exhibited by the Biola Administration," Marc T. Newman, president of Speaker for Life and Biola alumnus, told The Christian Post in a Thursday interview. "Once they realized they had made a mistake, they didn't try to cover it up – they humbly sought advice from trusted counsellors, and they not only sought it – they took it."
Newman said Biola contacted him, along with John Ensor, president of PassionLife Ministries, and Scott Klusendorf, president of the Life Training Institute, to advise them in developing a policy for pro-life visual aids. Testifying to the power of the Holy Spirit, the Biola alum said the school's new policy completely satisfied the complaints of their most vocal opponent in the Jimenez case, the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. more >>