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The Pope, The President & Moral Clarity

With his approval numbers hovering in low 40s, President Obama probably hopes that his first visit with Pope Francis will redound to his benefit. It very well may, but perhaps not like the President was expecting. For the first time in person, the Pope and the President met earlier today at the Vatican. In a week where the religious liberty rights of all Americans — both Catholic and non-Catholic — were argued before the United States Supreme Court, Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak truth to power. I don’t often like to use that phrase, but I believe that Pope Francis, as did Pope Benedict XVI, shared truth with President Obama. Whether or not the President — a confessed admirer of the Pope — actually listens and acts that truth … Read entire article »

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Hobby Lobby & the Left’s Appeasement of the Abortion god

When it comes to the so-called “contraceptive mandate” provision of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration and the pro-abortion left will stop at nothing in their efforts to appease the abortion god. As anti-Christian as many of President Obama’s policies are, the current administration exhibits a religious fervor akin to the Crusades when it comes to advancing abortion-on-demand in this country. Hence, their dogged fight all the way to the United States Supreme Court in a herculean effort to force privately-held companies like Hobby Lobby to pay for abortion-on-demand and the morning-after pill. President Obama’s support of abortion, including late-term abortions, makes former President Bill Clinton look like the good Southern Baptist he once was. … Read entire article »

Orwell & World Vision’s Capitulation on Gay Marriage

URGENT UPDATE: Less than 48 hours after World Vision U.S. stunned the Evangelical Christian community with its decision to allow the hiring of gay Christians in same-sex marriages, the Christian charity reversed its decision. In announcing this reversal, Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S. acknowledged the mistake: Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy. The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.” (full text of World Vision’s letter here) As strongly as I took World Vision to … Read entire article »

Baking Cakes & Taking Pictures: Jesus, What Should I Do?

In the last few days, a kerfuffle has broken out between members of The Gospel Coalition (and their supporters) on one side (here and here) and Jonathan Merritt (and his supporters, including well-known Pastor Andy Stanley) on the other side (here). The two sides are debating whether or not Jesus really was/is a friend of sinners. Of course, that question comes within the context of gay rights, including whether or not Jesus would bake a cake for, take pictures at, or otherwise serve at a same-sex wedding. Mr. Merritt and some other Evangelical Christians, including Kirsten Powers (a Fox News contributor) apparently take the position that Jesus would indeed do those things. Contra, members of The Gospel Coalition, … Read entire article »

Fred Phelps: How Do We Respond When Wicked People Die?

“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? . . . For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn and live.”(Ezekiel 18:23, 32) If God takes no delight or pleasure in the death of the wicked, then how are we (particularly Christians) to respond to the death of those who have perpetrated evil in the name of the Lord? With the death of Fred Phelps, the leader of Westboro “Baptist Church,” that question is front and center today. Phelps, the founding pastor of the Topeka, Kansas church cult (Westboro could … Read entire article »