I'm pleased to see that the Southern Poverty Law Center has come to its senses and apologized to Dr. Ben Carson, removing him from their "extremist" list. But they need to apologize to me too, since I'm still on their list, along with a number of other Christian leaders whom they have branded anti-gay extremists.
To be sure, I have considered it a badge of honor to be on the SPLC's list, actually writing an article in 2012 thanking them for placing me in their elite category of "30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right."
And, needless to say, I am not a famed children's neuro-surgeon and potential presidential candidate. In other words, I am not Dr. Ben Carson. more >>
WASHINGTON — Construction has officially begun on the Museum of the Bible, a longtime project spearheaded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, which is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C. in 2017.
"In many respects this is the kickoff of a three year project. We've been working on it for two years, this is the first time that anything major will be exposed to the public," Cary Summers, president of the Museum of the Bible, said Thursday flanked by artistic renderings of the 430,000-square-foot-building.
"Hopefully, it will be a great addition to this city. As you know, Washington, D.C. is the capital of museums in the world." more >>
Thanks to the efforts of one Oregon suburban church, a public school in inner-city Portland that was once on a short list to be shut down due to frequent gang violence and had a reputation of being one of the most underperforming schools in the state, has been transformed and is now thriving at its highest academic level in years.
"Roosevelt High School was well known as the most under-resourced and failing school in the state. It had become a metaphor for failure, with a capital 'F,"' pastor Kip Jacob of SouthLake Church in West Linn told The Christian Post.
Although Roosevelt High School in north Portland and its surrounding neighborhood used to be considered relatively safe and family friendly, all of that changed in the late-1980s when gang members from Los Angeles traveled north looking for a new stronghold to claim. more >>
As I stumble through the awkward limbo of single, yet soon-to-be-married, I've tried to read every resource tagged within the "marriage," "love," and "relationships" genre. This, and the fact that I was desperate to escape the zillions of online articles dissecting Fifty Shades of Grey from every possible angle (though I'm grateful for their messages), prompted me to download a copy of Pastor Andy Stanley's new book on romantic relationships to my Kindle. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Geared towards the young, unwed, and culturally savvy, Stanley explains in the introduction that his purpose for writing The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating (Zondervan, January 2015) is to "increase your relational satisfaction quota." What does that mean? Red flags started to rise. Still I pressed onward with hopes of encountering helpful gems of wisdom and Christian counsel over the next 200 pages. After all, the author is the Evangelical pastor of the largest church in America.
I'll start with the positive. more >>
I'd like to set the record straight about my recent headline-making trip to Israel and clarify that Bryan Fischer's remarks do not represent David Lane, and most importantly do not represent the pastors to whom he ministers or the many Christians like myself who follow Jesus Christ.
Let me also clarify, I am neither a Republican National Committee member nor a registered Republican. As I have already written, I went on the "much ado about nothing" Israel trip and met people from all backgrounds, races, religions and non-religions, ages, and economic and educational backgrounds. Many who went had little knowledge about Israel or Jesus Christ—yet—they were open-minded enough to come and learn. more >>
I am totally on board with those who, out of pure, gospel-loving and people-loving motives, press back against the legalization of same-sex "marriage." The family dynamic is a dynamic thoughtfully and carefully designed by God Himself, and the preservation of that design is ultimately what is best for the welfare and flourishing of a society – whether it's citizens are Christian or not. Children need a mom and a dad, not two dads or two moms. And marriages need a husband and a wife, so that God's covenantal, gospel love for the world can be effectively depicted through it. I understand that even among heterosexual relationships and families, these ideals are often not met. But this is not reason to not stand for and pursue the ideal.
I am for traditional marriage. I am against the idea of same sex "marriage." But, I think it's time that the church begins to think beyond the political battle. Not to be a pessimist, but I think it's pretty clear that sooner, rather than later, same-sex "marriage" is going to be a legally instituted reality in all 50 states. I truly believe, because of the shape that things are currently taking, that this is actually going to happen whether we like it or not. I'm not saying that the church needs to raise its white flag and to faithlessly bow down to evil, satanic propaganda. But what I am saying is that we need to immediately begin to envision how we are going to continue to engage a post Christendom, same-sex "marriage" culture with the gospel when our current democratic and legislative options are no longer options.
I believe that there are two vital, culture-engaging ways of life that the American Body of Christ needs to begin to pray itself toward. more >>