We recently had a guest contributor at BarbWire.com link to an article that, to our disgust, calls for the "lawful execution" of homosexuals. It went unnoticed by our editors and was removed once discovered. As we fully expected, a handful of especially virulent homosexual and atheist bloggers had a heyday with it nonetheless. They implied, knowing full well that it wasn't true, that Christians in general and BarbWire in particular want homosexuals executed.
Of course, Christians, as does the Christ to whom we belong, desire nothing of the sort. We want nothing short of eternal life for all humanity, including homosexuals. We are "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (see 2 Peter 3:9).
Now, Muslims, on the other hand … more >>
At least 14 people have been killed and nearly 80 others were injured in two church bombings carried out by a Pakistani Taliban splinter group on Sunday in the Christian neighborhood of Youhanabad, Lahore. The Catholic faithful are marking a "day of prayer for the innocent lives of the martyrs" on Monday to honor the victims.
Reuters reported that the death toll might've been higher, if it wasn't for the quick actions of a security guard who attempted to prevent one of the suicide bombers from entering one of the churches.
"I was sitting at a shop near the church when a blast jolted the area. I rushed toward the spot and saw the security guard scuffle with a man who was trying to enter the church. After failing, he blew himself up," said witness Amir Masih. more >>
A number of years ago there was a character featured on Saturday Night Live which just celebrated it's 40th anniversary on TV. A depressed-looking, bug-eyed, frumpy woman named Debbie Downer had a knack for sharing negative information when others were trying to celebrate. Hang with me for a moment as this commentary starts with a Debbie Downer moment.Patrick was not Irish. As a young man he had no interest in God. He never drove out any snakes because there were none in Ireland. His use of a shamrock to teach the Trinity is cute for children but it's just a myth. There is no such thing as a leprechaun. Patrick didn't drink Guinness beer because it didn't exist.
Now I'm not a party-pooper. I enjoy a celebration but enjoy it even more when I understand what's legitimate and what's legend. With St. Patrick's Day and all the green, the parades, parties with Irish stew and toasts to the "luck of the Irish," let's get behind the blarney to focus on an incredible man of God who transformed a nation through the proclamation of the Gospel and the planting of churches. more >>
Today's question is: "Is sex a human right?"
I think it's really important to clearly state what we mean when we say "human right." So many arguments dividing both the church and the culture are rooted in miscommunication and careless use of language. And this could be easily avoided if we'd just make sure that the things people hear us say are the things we are actually saying. more >>
Today's question is: "Should Christians attend the gay marriage ceremonies of their loved ones?"
This is a really tough question, and it's not one that I'm going to pretend even for a second to have the universal 'right' answer to. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least two ways that a devout Christian could be motivated by seemingly good intentions to attend their loved one's gay marriage ceremony. So I really do understand the thought processes of those who do. more >>
A new Pew survey of 44 countries reiterates what other surveys have shown for years: Americans are more religious and Americans are more hopeful about their ability to improve their future than are other wealthy countries.
Americans are more prone to think hard work will uplift, to reject thinking that outside forces control their destinies, to be happy and to prioritize religion. Over half of Americans say religion is very important to them, twice the rate found among Canadians, Australians, British and other wealthy nations.
In fact, Americans have more confidence that hard work will uplift than any other country. And Americans reject fatalism more than any country than, interestingly, Venezuela, which is perhaps Venezuelans subversively rejecting the nonsense rhetoric of their socialist regime. more >>