Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday in what was the first anti-war protest against President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine. Some protesters held up signs asking the Russian president to "stop lying."
"The Peace March," as it is called, came as Putin's government continues to deny any responsibility for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels in the eastern parts of the country have captured several cities.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has spoken about the new law concerning abortion facilities in the state and posited whether the same type of law might have saved the life of Joan Rivers, who died on Sept. 4.
"Clearly, the will of the Texas Legislature - which I agree with - that it is a state's right to put particular types of considerations into place, to put rules and regulations into place, to make a clinic be as safe as a hospital," Gov. Perry said at a press conference on Sunday.
Gov. Perry signed a law known as HB2 "to make this a safer place," in 2013. The law would have required more stringent requirements for abortion clinics, including a mandate that abortions be performed in ambulatory surgical centers. That led to numerous clinics being closed because they were unable to upgrade their facilities. However, a federal judge struck down the law after an appeal was brought by The Center for Reproductive Rights. more >>
This summer I had the distinct privilege of serving Matt Staver, President of Liberty Counsel, in hosting pastors and wives luncheons in 30 cities preparing the way for "Who Will Stand?" citywide events. These rallies will challenge attendees to make a choice to use our voice for righteousness amidst America's downward spiral.
Matt along with Mike Huckabee, David Barton, Sam Rodriguez, Ralph Reed and others are challenging us to make a difference. How? Simply by replacing the muzzle with a megaphone to charitably declare and demonstrate truth.
My travels and interaction with these shepherds of God's flock have been an enriching experience. In these tumultuous times, I commend these men and their helpmates for their dedication and hard work. I learned much from engaging in honest conversations during the luncheons, with these being the primary takeaways from this investment of my life. more >>
The Evangelical Alliance of Scotland and the Church of Scotland are calling on the nation to build up the country with Christian values, as the path toward reconciliation began following the historic vote that went against independence from the U.K.
"During this campaign all Scots have rallied around a flag. But as Christians our identity is not based on a flag or a national boundary but on the radical grace of being adopted into God's family," Scottish National Director Fred Drummond said in a statement.
"Scotland and the U.K. will not be the same after this vote. We, the Evangelical Alliance and our member churches, stand ready to play our part," he continued. more >>
It is a good thing the Scots voted against independence from England. The movement was not about freedom, but about increasing socialism. Both the UK Socialist and Green Parties, along with other left-wing parties, supported the referendum; the Conservative Party (Tories) and right wing UKIP opposed it. Here is an analogy that makes it easy to understand: if California secedes from the U.S. to become a communist state, is it really about freedom and independence?
What has been disturbing about the movement is a lack of informed analysis. Most supporters vaguely claimed it was about independence and freedom, but didn't get into specifics. There have been plenty of clichés and colorful flags, but little substance. "Yes Scotland" and "Better Together," the names of the two competing sides, were frequently bandied about with little more.
Reading deeper into the referendum, it becomes clear that proponents wanted to leave the UK in order to implement more socialism than currently exists there. One of the biggest reasons was so Scotland could keep its vast oil reserves all to itself - 90 percent of UK oil reserves are located in Scotland - and use the money to pay for even larger government welfare programs. Another reason was to ditch the current austerity measures being imposed across the UK as a result of too much government spending, and avoid the privatization of government functions. Additionally, proponents want to spend more money on childcare, which they propose to fund by putting 100,000 more women in the workforce, who will then pay more taxes. A final key reason for leaving the UK is to eliminate nuclear weapons. A Trident nuclear missile base is located in Scotland, and seceding would force it to relocate - of course many jobs would go with it. more >>
Attorney, author and columnist David Limbaugh is a man after my own heart. He's also a man after my own mind. That is to say, as both a fellow member of the bar and follower of Christ, I tremendously appreciate how David approaches the hot button issues of the day. He carefully probes them within the framework of an objective, lawyerly and evidential analysis. He is a master communicator and never fails, in any case, to deliver deeply persuasive closing arguments in the court of public opinion.
With his latest book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, Limbaugh remains true to form. In fact, having read nearly every manuscript he's penned, I believe this to be, hands down, David's best and most important work to date. While managing to make each sentence of each chapter in this page-turner fascinating, Limbaugh also provides proof beyond any reasonable doubt that Jesus Christ, in both His historical and spiritual respects, was, and is, exactly who He said He is: God incarnate, the living, physically resurrected Savior of the world and the only, yes, that means the exclusive, path to God the Father.
I'm one of those guys who regularly dines on a word diet cooked up by the master chefs – Christian apologists and theologians like C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Ravi Zacharias, R.C. Sproul and Josh McDowell, to name just a few. With Jesus on Trial, not only does Limbaugh chef-it-up with the masters, he prepares a multi-course meal that, if read with an open mind, will satisfy, both spiritually and intellectually, every consumer, from the most ardent skeptic to the most devout believer. more >>