ARLINGTON, Va. – A gathering of various Christian groups Tuesday focused on the need to offer legal religious liberty protection for non-church businesses and nonprofits, with one speaker noting that religious freedom concerns are a "spreading problem."
At the two-day spring meeting of the Common Ground Christian Network, held at Restoration Anglican Church, attendees heard from multiple speakers who talked about legal challenges facing parachurch groups and others. Stanley Carlson-Thies, founder and senior director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, spoke Tuesday morning about several points regarding religious liberty issues at home versus abroad.
"There are religious freedom concerns popping up all over the place," said Carlson-Thies to those gathered, calling it a "spreading problem." more >>
A few days ago I sent out an email to my blog subscribers asking them to send me their top questions about sexuality and the Christian faith. I've picked out the 7 most common questions I received and I'm going to answer one per day over the next 7 days. One of the hopes I had in attempting this blog series was that the discussion could go beyond the topic of homosexuality and encompasses the whole sphere of sexuality. And I'm happy to say that based on the questions I received, it will.
Here is today's question is:
Can someone be in a homosexual relationship and still be a believer? more >>
Baptists have long been champions of religious freedom, recounted mega church pastor Rick Warren and Southern Baptist spokesman Russell Moore, in a panel moderated by Judge Ken Starr, president of Baptist affiliated Baylor University.
Last week's symposium on "Proselytism and Development" was hosted by Georgetown University's Berkley Center, whose Religious Freedom Project is directed by IRD board member Thomas Farr.
Early champions of religious liberty included Rhode Island colony founder Roger Williams and Baptist clergy like John Leland who influenced Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. more >>
Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You'll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They're slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an "update"—and the change is not for the good.
It's painful for me to admit, but we can no longer rest carefree in our evangelical identity—because it is changing. No doubt you have seen the headlines declaring that evangelicalism is doomed because evangelical kids are leaving the faith. It is no secret that there is an expanding gulf between traditional Christian teachings and contemporary moral values. But the sad truth is that the ideological gulf between America's evangelical grown-ups and their kids, aka the "Millennials," seems to be widening too.
Somehow the blame for this chasm is being heaped on traditional churches. They are accused of having too many rules as well as being homophobic and bigoted. Yes, we've heard those false claims from popular culture in its desperate attempt to keep Christianity imprisoned within the sanctuary walls. But now popular culture is being aided by Christ-professing bedfellows whose message to "coexist," "tolerate" and "keep out of it" is more marketable to the rising generation of evangelicals. more >>
Shawn Michaels' recently released book Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar, has hit top 10 for the sports category of The New York Times' best-seller list.
Debuting at No. 6 in the sports section for the month of March, Wrestling for My Life chronicles Michaels' walk of faith and its intermingling with his professional wrestling career.
Ahead of Michaels on the list, from No. 5 to No. 1, are: Power Forward by Reggie Love; On My Own Two Feet by Amy Purdy; H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald; The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown; and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. more >>
Charisma News' Jennifer LeClaire recently reported on a live television sex show that apparently has a pastor—a pastor who holds a doctorate in counseling and leads a national Christian women's ministry—serving as a judge on the show. Then there's the other example of a pastor's wife who is reportedly employed as an exit counselor in an abortion clinic. Both claim that "God is leading them." God leading someone to be a judge on a secular sex show is like Him leading someone to join the pornography industry to lead some to Christ. This makes no sense.
Jennifer then asked, "Is the Church Compromising the Gospel in the Name of Impacting Culture?" I would say, "ABSOLUTELY!" Without genuine guidance from the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves in the same place as Samson—he knew not that the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him (cf. Judges 16:20).
Before asking if something is culturally relevant or permissible, we should ask, "Does it glorify Christ?" Is it consistent with our Christian character? Will it send the right message? Will it cause others to stumble or think less of the gospel? more >>