NASHVILLE – Public policy experts at this year's National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville asserted that the government religious liberty and freedom issues facing Christians today are fundamentally and intrinsically tied to the future of culture in America.
Janet Parshall, host of the daily radio talk show "In the Market," moderated a panel on Tuesday that included Todd Starnes of Fox News, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and NRB Sr. VP and Chief Legal Counsel Craig Parshall.
Janet Parshall said finding the subject matter for this year's event was not difficult. "It took us about three nano-seconds to decide what we were going to discuss here today," joked Parshall. "It's the most important issue Christians are facing today." more >>
I'm not referring to Hobby Lobby's theology, but rather to a common Protestant mistake that's plagued Christian life for generations.
The Internet is aflame with discussions of whether private businesses have sufficient grounds for resisting state efforts to tell them which contraceptives they must provide employees or which customers they must serve. Underlying the entire discussion is the virtually unquestioned notion that for-profit businesses should enjoy less liberty than non-profits. When it came to the abortion-pill mandate, for example, the Obama administration at least went through the motions of providing religious accommodations, but private businesses enjoyed not even this false grace. Regarding same-sex marriage, the law is not (yet) requiring religious participation in homosexual unions. Why the distinction?
I wonder if, oddly enough, the distinction is in part the result of lingering Christian influence in our culture - part of a legacy of an old yet popular theological mistake, the sacred/secular distinction in work and life. more >>
To the Christian, a job is more than a job; it is a calling. Whether as a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker (or even a lawyer), we are to use the gifts God has given us for His glory. It is a grand opportunity and responsibility.
And the government has no business interfering with this faith-driven view.
In recognition of this important concept – applicable not only to Christianity but other religions as well – last week, the Arizona Senate and House both passed landmark legislation protecting the religious freedom of small business owners. more >>
According to megachurch pastor Andy Stanley, if your religious convictions conflict with your ability to serve those you differ with, that's your business, but you should "leave Jesus out of it."
What exactly did he mean by this? And has he thought through the implications of his statement?
Since I have been unable to reach Pastor Stanley directly and since he expressed his views publicly, I want to take this opportunity to raise some questions for him – really, for all of us – to think through carefully. more >>
Michigan pastors representing about 1,000 churches gathered in Detroit on Monday to affirm their stance on marriage in light of a federal court trial that began Tuesday involving a lesbian couple who is seeking to reverse the state's gay marriage ban and adoption law.
The group met to discuss their support of a 2004 Michigan amendment, approved by the majority of voters, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and they are now concerned that the trial will undermine that law.
"We, over 100 pastors and Christian leaders from not only Detroit, but across the State of Michigan want to send a message that there are yet still pastors in the city and state who stand by both our Michigan Constitution and our Judeo Christian values," said Pastor Lennell Caldwell of First Baptist World Changers, in a statement. more >>
British newspaper Telegraph's U.S. editor, Peter Foster, has written a blog post to follow up on his previous article on the rise of atheism in the country, saying that research data shows evangelicals succumbing to the forces of secularization in America.
While mainstream Protestantism has declined in the U.S. over recent decades, Evangelical Christianity appeared to be immune to that wider trend with the continued growth of megachurches and George W. Bush as president, writes Foster on the blog of his newspaper.
However, Mark Chaves, a divinity and sociology professor at Duke University and author of America Religion: Contemporary Trends, found that Evangelicals are now succumbing to the same forces of secularization, the writer adds in his post, titled "America is turning secular much faster than we realise." more >>