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Jan 19, 2018
White House, Health and Human Services, Religious Freedom

Overreach Is the Part of Obama’s Legacy That Trump Should Undo. And He Is.

HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

Today, the Trump adminstration rolled back some Obama adminstration rules and changed how the government would approach religious and conscience objections.

The Washinton Post reported:

The document released describes an approach to conscience and religious protections that is ...

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Jan 18, 2018
opioid, addiction, national health crisis

The Church’s Response to the Opioid Crisis: Practical Tool Kit for Faith-Based Leaders

A new resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This past fall, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. This came in response to a commission report that stated the country was “enduring a death toll equal to September 11th, every three weeks.”

Overdosing on drugs, especially opioids ...

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Jan 16, 2018
persecution, persecuted church

What Persecution Is, and Isn’t, and How to Respond to Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List

Our misuse of 'persecution' disrespects believers for whom any public reference of their faith could mean death.

Having just come out of the holiday season, many of you will likely remember recent rhetoric surrounding a certain conflict—one that some have called the “war on Christmas.” For those of you who aren’t aware or haven’t heard the news, some Christians ...

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Jan 15, 2018
simone biles, harvey weinstein, meryl streep, me too

Simone Biles, #MeToo, and How Christians Must Respond

This is a problem we all must address.
Simone Biles, #MeToo, and How Christians Must Respond
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Just tonight, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles joined the chorus of women who’ve bravely brought their stories of abuse into the public light. Biles, 20, made this announcement detailing the ways her former team doctor, Larry Nassar, abused both her and other teammates.

#MeToo, ...

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Jan 15, 2018
king, graham, gospel, social justic

Billy Graham, Martin Luther King Jr., and Having a Dream

Lessons from the life of Dr. King
Billy Graham, Martin Luther King Jr., and Having a Dream
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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a Monday dedicated each year to celebrating the legacy of a man who labored tirelessly for racial equality.

As the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, I’ve naturally taken particular interest in a certain ...

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Jan 11, 2018
Andy Savage, Highpoint Church, Memphis, abuse, assault

If you are getting weary of more sexual assault allegations coming out every day, you are not alone. The #MeToo campaign is shining a spotlight on widespread misogynistic behavior, ranging from unprofessional to full-scale assault.

As overwhelming as this feels, it pales in comparison ...

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Jan 9, 2018
social media, facebook, twitter, instagram, cyberspace

We Are the Light of the (Cyber) World: Let’s Act Like It

Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly...online
We Are the Light of the (Cyber) World: Let’s Act Like It
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Dr. Ed Stetzer wrote a post not too long ago declaring that we are a sent people. He reminds us that Jesus “is calling for those who will go into their neighborhoods and communities to bring the liberating and reconciling message of Jesus.” To this, I say, “Amen!” ...

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Jan 4, 2018
FEMA, hurricane harvey, first amendment

Fairness for FEMA Funds: FEMA Changes Its Disaster Rules for Churches

Churches are now eligible for disaster aid.
Fairness for FEMA Funds: FEMA Changes Its Disaster Rules for Churches
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Many remember the three Texas churches that sustained structural damage during Hurricane Harvey who later sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for denying them disaster relief grants. The suit was heard in federal court and we finally have a result of sorts: FEMA ...

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Dec 31, 2017
sundry, assorted, disparate, divergent

Top 10 Posts of 2017

It's that time of year.

(10) Hank Hanegraaff’s Switch to Eastern Orthodoxy, Why People Make Such Changes, and Four Ways Evangelicals Might Respond

Let’s follow Jesus, keep sharing the simple gospel, focus on the Bible, and think like missionaries in order to translate that truth to our modern ...

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Dec 23, 2017
Christmas, Hanukkah, Messiah

Wait … Christmas Is Jewish?

Help Jewish people discover the real meaning of Christmas.
Wait … Christmas Is Jewish?
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When you think about it, isn’t it ironic that Jewish people think, Christmas isn’t for us? As I grew up in traditional Judaism, we observed Hanukkah, a celebration of Jewish survival against oppressors. And Christmas was just an American cultural festivity without ...

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Dec 19, 2017
hero, pro-life, down's syndrome, coffee

Amy Wright, CNN’s Hero of the Year, Points to God as Her Inspiration

We are called to be a people who love the gift of life and advocate for its preservation.

Earlier this week, the CNN Hero of the Year award was announced. The winner was Amy Wright, owner and operator of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee in Wilmington, North Carolina.

And although you don’t hear about her faith much during the CNN presentation, she points to God’s ...

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Dec 13, 2017
black women, voting, alabama, roy moore, evangelical

How #BlackWomen Saved Evangelicalism

For Black Christians, sexual harassment and assault are as much of a gospel issue as abortion.
How #BlackWomen Saved Evangelicalism
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The Alabama Senate election was many things to many people, but one of them impacts evangelicals directly. You see, yesterday’s election was a monumental moment for evangelicalism.

Yesterday, evangelicalism found itself at a cultural crossroads. A Roy Moore victory would ...

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Dec 11, 2017
raw story, Apocalypse, donald trump, Doug Broxson

Apocalypse Now? Evangelicals and a Raw Deal at Raw Story

Raw Story claims that a state senator “predicts Trump’s Jerusalem embassy decision may usher in Armageddon.” But, he didn't.
Apocalypse Now? Evangelicals and a Raw Deal at Raw Story
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Over the weekend, we witnessed yet another example of a visible (Christian) public leader saying something foolish. It was one more example in a long line of Christians saying stupid things that make the rest of us look bad.

Or was it?

Florida State Senator Doug Broxson gave the ...

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Dec 11, 2017
belonging, CQ, gospel, evangelism

How Can We Cultivate a Sense of ‘Belonging’ in Our Gospel Witness?

Belonging is one of the great longings of the human soul.

I am white.

And I am part of a community of ethnically diverse women who come together each year for five days for a spiritual retreat. This spiritual practice is life-giving, stretching, and enriching. Although I work in correctional ministry alongside a very diverse group of ...

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Dec 6, 2017
masterpiece cakeshop, baker, supreme court

No Matter Who Takes the Cake, What Christians Should Do Next Is Clear

Religious liberty and civil rights are key issues of our day.
No Matter Who Takes the Cake, What Christians Should Do Next Is Clear
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Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case, as you may have heard, involves Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who in 2012 refused to make a cake for the same-sex wedding of David Mullins and Charlie Craig. ...

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