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City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

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Houston Feels the Pressure After Subpoena Response

In a lawsuit filed in August against Mayor Parker and the City of Houston, the plantiffs (two Missionary Baptist pastors, a former Republican party leader, and another citizen) allege that Parker’s office failed to follow proper procedure when counting and verifying their petition’s signatures, unfairly dismissing their request for a referendum. Opponents to the ordinance say they brought in 50,000 signatures, triple the amount needed. The city says that many of the signatures were illegible or not verifiable.

What Mark Driscoll Teaches Us About Grace and Accountability

Thanks for writing an article balancing grace with consequences. Having been a member of places where toxic faith trumped grace (Teen Challenge in particular), obfuscating the truth with a veneer of denial is never healthy. Silencing those with a valid opinion to express by proof-texting Scripture is a common ploy used by those in leadership that have something to hide. I forget the exact address, but there's one that likens "rebellion as a form of witchcraft." The TC in Michigan outside Muskegon, loved using that one on any "student" who dared challenge the Challenge... which I did, earning me an early "graduation." Later on, in my home church that had exploded with growth, two of the pastor's sons became embroiled in sexual stuff. At a service where the father and Sr. Pastor was giving, ostensibly to come clean, the first words out of his mouth were; "We've been selected by the enemy as a target." Whatever. It was time to break camp and boogie. I rose from my seat, shot my pastor (who I loved and respected) a smile and a wink, walked out, and never looked back. All I know about Driscoll is what I've read.

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There’s More to Africa Than Just Problems to Solve

I am from Kenya. I always planned if i ever did go to Europe or America, i would use a heavy stereotypical African accent, find a group of guys and tell them how am a son of a chief of an African tribe but was kidnapped by a warlord and forced to be a child solider where I was this close to dying of hunger after running away from being used as a sacrifice to bring victory by the shaman. Also that I have scars on my back from when a crocodile nearly killed me and to top it all of, I came to America/Europe in the basement of a pirate ship to escape Ebola....... then just burst out laughing once the 'you're going to have a bright future' speech begins.

God's Not Dead: Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus: Demonstrated and Integrated with Assured Proof

Scholars researching the resurrection of Christ should not presume the entitlements of the all-knowing God. Man is fallen. People have sinned. Acquiescing to the actuality of sin is requirement for real conversion—one must repent from sin and trust in Christ. The accurate researcher must consent to his finitude and its limitations. He must understand himself in light of who God is and what He has revealed. Nevertheless, many academics scrap both. Too often writers tackling the subject of Christ and His resurrection approach the subject with naturalistic presuppositions. Naturalism denies the fallen nature of man and effectively makes human reason the controlling authority, the rational zenith used to analyze the truth of God’s word. The positions are then reversed, for the reason that God is then at best an unnecessary idea. He is vulgarly dismissed as a superfluous invasion into naturalism's domain.

How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Contra Bart Ehrman: Jesus Christ Claimed to be God

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross (Colossian 1:15-20).

Marriage on the Edge of Eternity

Eternity changes how we enjoy marriage and everything else in this life. Eternity changes how we love. It would be unloving to get my wife and kids so focused on this life that they are unprepared for the next. Some Christians emphasize marriage so much that it might lead some to believe the goal of Christianity is to have a happy marriage, and God becomes a means to that end. I hear many Christians thank God for their families more than they thank him for the cross. Obviously God wants us to love our families, but let’s be careful.

What the Church Should Look Like

I have two beautiful children; my daughter is a freshmen in college—Wow, did I just write that!?—and my son is in eighth grade. We currently live in North Carolina, although currently all Transformation Church campuses are in South Carolina—exactly where God wanted to start a church that reflects the diversity of heaven. (Revelation 5:9-10)

Can revival come?

I remember the first time I came here Dr. Duke McCall was president. And he and I had become very close friends. I remember the thrill and the joy it was to stand before that student body and faculty and talk about Christ and realize that they were going to the ends of the earth with the gospel of Christ as professors and as evangelists and as pastors. That’s what happened. Wherever you go throughout the world you’ll see Southern graduates and people that have come from here. Dr. Roy Honeycutt followed along with the same pattern and now comes Dr. Mohler. Now he has come young enough to be here at least 40 years. I’ve tried to figure out how old I will be 40 years from now. I will have been in heaven a number of years. But if we’re able to look down here, I will be watching and praying up there for him and for you and for all of us because I think he’s laid out a tremendous vision of what can be done with the largest Protestant denomination in this country. It’s making an impact all over the world.

Bill Dembski's New Book Is Out and Ready to Order; Pre-orders Are in the Mail

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Ask R.C. Jr: What have we lost in the lost art of letter writing?

Which brings us perhaps to the best feature of the internet — it is unreal. There is no actual world in the world wide web. Though there is a web. Just like buying with a credit card is easier because it doesn’t look or feel like money, so communicating via the web, where there is no ink, no paper, no hands touching, feels like not communicating at all. Which means none of the rules of communication apply. We aren’t lying if we aren’t actually saying something. We certainly can’t be held accountable if no one knows us, or knows our name .

Investigation launched into shamed bishop – Premier Radio

The Catholic Church has ordered an inquiry into the former Bishop of Arundel and Brighton after he resigned admitting he'd broken his vow of celibacy.

Archbishop to pray at Festival of Life – Premier Radio

Revd Yemi Adedeji, Associate Director at Hope Together who is both an Anglican Priest and an acknowledged minister with RCCG said: "Over the years the Festival of Life has hosted a number of prominent Christian and civic leaders.  I felt it would be a good thing for RCCG to have the Archbishop of Canterbury attend Festival of Life.

Materialism for the Masses with Casey Luskin, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank interviews Casey Luskin, attorney with graduate degrees in science and law. He is also research coordinator for the Discovery Institute, and co-founder of the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center. Hank and Casey discuss his article in the current edition of the Christian Research Journal titled, “Materialism for the Masses: Cosmos Reboot Distorts the History of Science and Scrubs the Evidence of Intelligent Design.”

Sistine Chapel visitors limited – Premier Radio

The number of tourists who’ll be allowed to visit the Sistine Chapel is to be limited to six million a year.

Methodist Council agrees new Secretary – Premier Radio

Revd Gareth Powell has been nominated to serve as the Secretary of the Methodist Conference from next September.

I.S. “once in a millennium” threat, says archbishop – Premier Radio

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Ebola challenges America’s ability to adapt

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All law is imposed morality

I have been pointing out the totalitarian impulse of progressives for some time, but they are not totalitarian because they want to impose morality. They are totalitarian because they want to impose an immoral morality. They are not totalitarian because they want to suppress something.

22 Is the Shroud Evidence for God’s Existence?

Some interesting philosophical points, Dan. Not for the first time, I think, I am somewhat at odds with Fr Longenecker’s cursory ideas about scientfic, historical and sindonological facts, but most of all, and he is not alone in this, I strongly object to the idea that anybody who does not believe in the authenticity of the Shroud is an atheist. I do not believe that I am any less a committed Roman Catholic than Fr Longenecker himself, but, in common with many other equally committed Roman Catholic scientists, I believe that universe is supremely rational, and do not believe in all his “angels or aliens, demons or devils, goblins or gods.” The sly way he has coupled this bunch together says a lot about his argument. He will jump down my throat, I am sure, with: “Aha, so you don’t believe in angels or god!” but will no doubt claim that my riposte “Aha! so you do believe in aliens and goblins!” should not be taken seriously. This is not the place to discuss the theology of angels, but clumping them together with goblins is simply trite. Sure, “if atheistic materialism is right there are not intelligent, reasonable, personal exterior forces superior to the natural world who might interfere or interact with the natural world,” but I believe that even if atheistic materialism is wrong the world is not beset with “personal exterior forces” who interfere with the natural world.

Mental Health First Aid Training | HeadHeartHand Blog

The Michigan Department of Community Health are offering free Mental Health First Aid training days – one for adults and one for youth. The aim is to train Mental Health “First Responders” throughout Kent County. More details including sign up  here .