In one of the most egregious anti-Christian acts committed by a state official in recent memory, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian not only upheld the ridiculous $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony, but he ordered the Kleins to "cease and desist" from making any public comments about their religious convictions relative to this case.
If marriage is not the union of a man and a woman, then why should it be limited to two people?
I feel like that umbrella salesman today, except that for years now, I've been selling these umbrellas in the desert, knowing that a massive storm was coming and that soon enough, the umbrellas would become hot items.
What do we do when there's a perceived conflict between the two and when it feels as if we have to decide between loving God or loving our neighbor?
In a moment of time, you have done more to energize our side than a string of political victories for us could ever have done.
I had some remarkable interaction on Twitter this past Tuesday night. Not only was it eye-opening, it also provided a window into the mass confusion that is affecting our society.
As a white, Jewish American (and committed follower of Jesus), I have learned much from my black brothers and sisters, among whom are some dear friends and colleagues, while some of my fondest memories of worship and ministry are in the context of black church services.
Over and over again we are told that we have lost the culture wars and that it's time for us to throw in the towel and capitulate, especially as the Supreme Court's decision on redefining marriage is about to be announced.
For the last few decades, our culture has warmly embraced moral relativism, where right and wrong are determined based on our feelings, and so there is nothing absolute.
A 34 year-old female has redefined coming out of the closet. People Magazine announced it would feature her story in their upcoming August issue highlighting her honesty and courage.
I do not for a moment want to minimize the very real struggles of those who identify as transgender nor do I want to ignore those individuals who have genuine biological or genetic abnormalities. I simply want to state once again – really, I want to shout it from the rooftops – that perception does not change reality, and so Bruce Jenner is no more a woman than Rachel Dolezal is black.
An Appeal to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory: Please Honor Your Christian Roots, Especially on Marriage
Are you the same man who stood so strongly against gay activism when you were the mayor of Charlotte?
In the spirit of your public statement released yesterday, urging churches to welcome same-sex couples, I'm writing this open letter to you, appealing to you to reconsider your decision before you bring further reproach to the gospel and hurt those you want to help.
What is God's answer to the moral insanity of the world? Jesus the Messiah, crucified and risen. Jesus the Messiah, the Lord of all.
To all those celebrating the transition of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner, I have a word of warning: Be careful watch you wish for.
You know the hour is late when God uses a gay atheist to bring a sobering wake-up call to the Church, but that's exactly what happened after Ireland, traditionally a bastion of Catholicism, voted to redefine the marriage.
I have been terribly grieved by some "Christian" responses to Josh Duggar, as if there are some sins God cannot forgive or some people that He cannot transform.
What can we learn from the vote to redefine marriage in Ireland, a traditionally Catholic country?
I have no desire to pile on with more comments about Josh Duggar, who appears to be a very serious and committed Christian who has made no excuses for the sins of his youth and who deeply desires to make a positive impact for the Lord in the years ahead. I simply want to share some redemptive thoughts.
With due respect for your office and the tremendous responsibilities you face, I must take strong exception to comments you made at a recent Evangelical-Catholic leadership summit.
It seems that everyone in America today knows that Jesus said, "Judge not, lest you be judged." But how many people know that Jesus called us to make righteous judgments and that Paul called us to judge fellow-believers?
My purpose in writing this article is not to judge Mr. King. Instead, it is to raise the question of what our society means when it says "Christian."
My big question is this. In my view, any solid evangelical teacher or preacher should be able to say without hesitation, "God's Word clearly forbids all homosexual practice, even in a loving, monogamous context, but our church is absolutely committed to loving and serving the LGBT community and offering them a place they can call home as come to know the Lord."
I really appreciate Pastor Andy Stanley's call last month for Christians in America to live like real Christians, but he was way off in his call for Christians to take one year off from the culture wars, as if the only way we could live like real Christians was to refrain from engaging the culture. Quite the contrary.
Abortion, Same Sex Marriage, Religious Freedom: Don't Tell Me I'm Overacting When Liberals Challenge the Gospel
After all, if our religious liberties could be eroded so dramatically in a matter of years, who can predict what's coming next – unless we wake up and start doing what is right today. Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote that, "The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children."