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Listen: Do Intelligent Design Scientists Do Research?

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Righteous or repugnant? Religious responses to the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision - Religion News Service

(RNS) They hailed the Supreme Court's decision as righteous and holy. They deplored it as an affront to God. Religious leaders around the world reacted Friday (June 27) to the court's ruling that makes gay marriage a constitutional right.

Find Your Life at Urbana 15

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This Boy Was Born With No Limbs and Abandoned by His Mother, but God Had the Perfect Plan for Him!

Despite being born with no arms and no legs, Gabe Adams believes he can do it all with a smile on his face. When he was baby, he was left at the hospital with no one to take him home. Once one family found out, they didn't think twice about letting him join their family.

Same Sex Marriage Ruling: My Quick Thoughts

SCOTUS just rules in favor of the legality of same-sex marriage in all 50 states. How should Christians respond? Two quick thoughts.

Obama Sings 'Amazing Grace' at Memorial for Charleston Shooting Victim Rev. Clementa Pinckney

President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina state senator killed during a Bible study last week at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, and at the conclusion of his remarks, sang the negro spiritual "Amazing Grace."

Here’s a Terrifying Vortex on a Lake in Oklahoma

The Tulsa District US Army Corps of Engineers recently posted a video of a 8-foot-wide hole that opened up in Lake Texoma. The lake is one of the largest reservoirs in the U.S., and recently, the water has reached record highs due to rain, so the Army Corps is draining some of the water into the river. The vortex is a natural result of water being drained, but it’s terrifying nonetheless, apparently capable of “sucking in a full-sized boat,” according to the Army Corps. Happy Summer!

You Won't Believe How Flawless This Boy Sounds When He Sings A Famous Whitney Houston Song!

Whitney Houston was considered one of the greatest voices we ever heard in American music. Her beautiful four-octave range and tireless breath control helped her stay on top of the charts for a long time. The young singer in this video does an incredible job of duplicating her voice and it will give you the chills!

Reasons To Believe : The Creation-Evolution Controversy in “Jurassic World”

Adding further credibility to a creation interpretation is the amount of knowledge and insight into the developmental process that was required to carry out these (and other) reverse evolution experiments. Equally impressive was the care required to alter the influence of the two growth factors. To transform a beak into a snout required coordinated, coherent, and precisely localized changes in growth factor levels. The researchers intelligently designed the conversion of the chicken’s beak into snout-like structures. So, is it reasonable to think that unguided, historically contingent processes could carry out such transformations when such small changes can have such profound effects on an organism’s anatomy? Because evolutionary mechanisms can only change gene expression patterns in a random, haphazard manner, the best such processes could achieve would be the generation of “monsters” with little hope of survival.

U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Decision

How will you, your family, your community, and your church be impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage?

Does the Kitzmiller v. Dover Ruling Show that Intelligent Design is Academically Substandard?

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

SES Conference

Welcome to the 2015 annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA). Every year, Southern Evangelical Seminary hosts one of the largest apologetics events in the country. Join us on October 16-17, as we discuss this years theme, "Ideas Have Consequences."  Every consequence, whether good or bad, ultimately begins with an idea. This year's conference will equip Christians to engage in today's most prevalent ideas, encouraging attendees to speak words of grace, so they may "know answer each person" (Colossians 4:6). Help us spread the word by sharing your thoughts on our facebook page --

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Guilt Is Not Just a Feeling

No therapist, no psychiatrist can relieve you of guilt. He or she may help you to resolve feelings of false guilt that can arise for a variety of reasons. Prescription drugs may provide certain kinds of ease. But no therapy, no course of drugs, can deliver you from real guilt. Why? Because being guilty is not a medical condition or a chemical disorder. It is a spiritual reality. It concerns your standing before God. The psychiatrist cannot forgive you; the therapist cannot absolve you; the counselor cannot pardon you.

Obergefell v. Hodges [full text]

However, the dissenters, who do not believe that there is a constitutional right for same sex couples to marry,must address the question of how to treat a lawful marriage from another state. This portion of the decision should have been 9-0 in favor of recognition because of the full faith and credit clause, which requires legal decisions by one state to be recognized in all. This clause is the reason that a marriage between first cousins in a state that permits them to marry is recognized in states that do not permit such marriages — state A cannot tell two first cousins who lawfully married in state B that they are not married in state A. As a result of this clause in the Constitution, if a couple lawfully married in Maryland travels through Virginia, they must still be recognized as lawfully married, whether they are members of the opposite sex or the same sex, even though Maryland permitted marriages (such as between members of the same sex) that Virginia barred. Unless there are other opinions not reproduced on this web site, the dissenters ignored the effect of the full faith and credit clause on legal marriages from another state.

New paper from Michael Licona on historical methods and miracle claims

Most biblical scholars and historians hold that the investigation of a miracle report lies outside of the rights of historians acting within their professional capacity. In this essay, I challenge this position and argue to the contrary. A definition of history should not a priori exclude the possibility of investigating miracle claims, since doing so may restrict historians to an inaccurate assessment of the past. Professional historians outside of the community of biblical scholars acknowledge the frequent absence of a consensus; this largely results from conflicting horizons among historians. If this is the present state among professionals engaged in the study of non-religious history, it will be even more so with historians of Jesus. Finally, even if some historians cannot bring themselves to grant divine causation, they, in principle, can render a verdict on the event itself without rendering a verdict on its cause.

What is moral relativism and how can Christians respond?

Have you read anything about tolerance or morality lately in the news? It seems to be everywhere and one of the main “hot-button” topics today. Why is one group being so intolerant towards another? Why don’t they just change what they view as immoral so that we can all get along? The prevailing belief seems to be that each person has a right to their own opinion and that morality depends on the person. Each opinion is correct as long as you don’t force your opinion on someone else; then you are intolerant. The main problem is that there are two different views of morality. One view is that morality is relative and the other is that morality is objective. Relativism holds that moral values are subjective and no different from what you think about your favorite ice cream, movie, or sports team. Everyone deserves to have their own opinion on good and evil just like our opinion on our favorite ice cream flavor; I can like vanilla and you can like chocolate. Objective morality holds that moral laws do not change and are true for all people, at all times, and in all places. We

Supreme Court Says States Must Recognize Gay Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down four state constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman in a landmark decision.

Here's What Supreme Court Says about Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom

"Many good and decent people oppose same-sex marriage as a tenet of faith, and their freedom to exercise religion is—unlike the right imagined by the majority—actually spelled out in the Constitution," he writes. "Respect for sincere religious conviction has led voters and legislators in every State that has adopted same-sex marriage democratically to include accommodations for dissenting religious practice." But he says the Supreme Court is too much of a "blunt instrument" to do likewise. [Thus the evangelical argument for " if you can't beat them, amend them ."]

7 Heavenly Adoption

send to a friend #1  Posted by Shawn  |  Friday, June 26, 2015at 11:15 AM Thank you for your wonderful reflections on our adoption. I like the Martin Lloyd Jones quote: "If God has adopted you into His family, if you are a child of God, your destiny is secure, it is certain. . . . It is a guarantee. If God has taken me into the family I am not only a child, I am an heir, and nothing, and no one can ever rob me of the inheritance." I also especially like what MLJ says after that quote: "As I said at the beginning, this is a most consoling, comforting and encouraging doctrine. Is it not a tragedy that it is neglected, that men and women stop at forgiveness, or even at sanctification, and fail to realize that this is the thing that ever reminds us, directly, of our relationship to God and to the wonderful inheritance, the indescribable glory for which we are destined? We are saved unto this adoption of children.

The World Beyond Your Head

Almost all of us can relate to Marshall’s fragmented state of mind. Multiple secondary and tertiary obligations buzz around in our heads, preventing us from being truly present to the people and concerns that matter most.

Top 10 Quotes from the Dissenting Justices on Same-Sex Marriage

But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today’s judicial Putsch. The five Justices who compose today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003. They have discovered in the Fourteenth Amendment a “fundamental right” overlooked by every person alive at the time of ratification, and almost everyone else in the time since… These Justices know that limiting marriage to one man and one woman is contrary to reason; they know that an institution as old as government itself, and accepted by every nation in history until 15 years ago, cannot possibly be supported by anything other than ignorance or bigotry. And they are willing to say that any citizen who does not agree with that, who adheres to what was, until 15 years ago, the unanimous judgment of all generations and all societies, stands against the Constitution. -  Justice Scalia

Most churches are still uninterested

Those who believe in the existence of God, yet reject Christianity, can still be reached for Christ. I sometimes think this group of “nones” has rejected their experience in the Church rather than their belief in Jesus. That may simply be a reflection of the sad, non-evidential nature of the Church rather than a reflection of the strong evidential nature of Christianity. Some of those who have left our ranks may never have heard anything about the evidence supporting the Christian worldview in all the years they were attending church with us. My own anecdotal experience, as I speak at churches around the country, supports this uncomfortable hypothesis. Most churches are still uninterested in making the case for Christianity, while more and more Christians want to know why Christianity is true.

Six reasons why you should believe in non-physical souls

I am not afraid of losing the notion of “free will” since any decision made that is absolutely free from some sort of natural feedback loop (from blatant to subtle types of feedback such as the butterfly effect in the latter case) is a decision that makes no natural sense and is more like spinning of wheel of fortune than making an informed decision. What one wants to make are INFORMED decisions, one WANTS TO MAINTAIN CONNECTION to remain in the loop always learning more, feeding the human mind more information, enlarging and enriching the mind-brain system. Humans have come a long way in exactly that direction, via what we have learned via telescopes, microscopes, experiments in chemistry, neurochemistry and cognitive science. If that is short of “absolute” or “libertarian” “free will” so what? It’s still given us a lot wider and more knowledge-based options to chose from than jellyfish or even the latest model orangutan. Also, freedom and determinism are relative when one realizes one is part of the cosmos and though everything is determining one’s choices, it’s still your full brain-mind system making such choices as it interacts with not only an external environment but an internal one as well, the internal cosmos of the human brain-mind that is built up via a lifetime of experiences and endless feedback loops of internal thoughts, not just endless feedback loops of external sensory data.

The Briefing 06-26-15

1) Supreme Court affirms Obamacare, exposing serious responsibility of interpreting texts

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“Audacity” Movie – Love Can’t Stay Silent

Many people are very familiar with the gift of sex, but are not so well informed about the Giver. This 32-page ebooklet will help you understand God’s wonderful design for sexuality—and for you. Featured in the movie, the ebooklet tastefully offers answers to several tough questions, such as:


A quick read of the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, as well as the…

3 Misconceptions about Human Trafficking We Need to Change

Human trafficking is one of the worst of these dark issues, because it consists of so many crimes wrapped into one—sometimes kidnapping, almost always rape, along with confinement, torture and coercion. We’ve met survivors whose victimization started as young as 12—one girl was forced to service men in the back seats of cars in parking garages. For four years, she had lived every moment under the watchful eye of a pimp, and she'd only been out of the industry for a year when we met her. Her care worker told us she was finally learning she could go to the bathroom without asking for permission. The invisible chains are often the hardest to shed. When we don't perceive a problem to be present to be in our neighborhood, it's easy to ignore. And sometimes, we choose ignorance on purpose, shielding ourselves from the realities of complex, dark stories.

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“I will come again.” It was a promise given to Jesus’ disciples—and all believers. So what will Jesus’s second coming be like, and how should you get ready? Find out in John MacArthur’s study titled When Jesus Comes .

Read the Most Brutal Paragraph From Clarence Thomas’ Same-Sex Marriage Dissent

Justice Clarence Thomas has a fervent dissent of the Supreme Court’s historic decision to invalidate same-sex marriage bans . His argument, joined by Justice Antonin Scalia, quibbles with the definition of liberty itself. “Since well before 1787, liberty has been understood as freedom from government action, not entitlement to government benefits,” Thomas writes. Working from this principle, Thomas insists that the petitioners in the case “have in no way been deprived” of their liberty. “They have been able to travel freely around the country, making their homes where they please. Far from being incarcerated or physically restrained, petitioners have been left alone to order their lives as they see fit.” And yet he takes the argument even further—because human dignity “has long been understood in this country to be innate,” here’s who else Thomas thinks hasn’t been deprived of it:

It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy

Welcome to the exciting new world of the slippery slope. With the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling this Friday legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states, social liberalism has achieved one of its central goals. A right seemingly unthinkable two decades ago has now been broadly applied to a whole new class of citizens. Following on the rejection of interracial marriage bans in the 20th Century, the Supreme Court decision clearly shows that marriage should be a broadly applicable right—one that forces the government to recognize, as Friday’s decision said, a private couple’s “love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.”

The slaying of Charleston leader Clementa Pinckney is also hitting gay rights advocates hard.

Last week's massacre at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church has thrust South Carolina politics to the forefront amid a painful, contentious national debate about racism and the legacy of segregation. As President Obama prepares to commemorate the life of the Rev. Pinckney on Friday, another struggle for equality—the one for gay rights—will be close at hand, and in its own right marked by Pinckney's legacy as an influential civil rights leader . With a ruling imminent on gay marriage, the US Supreme Court could potentially clear the way for same-sex couples across the country to wed, just an hour before Obama is due to deliver a eulogy for Pinckney at his funeral, making for an extraordinary confluence of national narratives around civil rights.

How Andy Stanley and Tim Keller Preach with Non-Believers in Mind

Enjoyed the article. Both of these godly men are serving Christ’s church. I’m from the “south” and we do use “churched & unchurched”, but I think we should go further like Keller and qualify the real issue of believers & unbelievers. Part of the problem we can experience with cultural contextualization is that to often preaching starts in the middle of the Gospel or even at the benefit of the Gospel, which is often egocentric in presentation & appeal. The Gospel is all about God’s Glory found in His gracious redemption of a people. We need not contextually apologize for God’s command be a holy people and to love Him in repentance & faith, nor diminish His righteous wrath & justice. Press on Brother Keller & Stanley, press on.

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We’re on board. Diversity strengthens us all & today we celebrate #MarriageEquality & the landmark #SCOTUS decision.

May Grace and Peace Be Multiplied to You

With Peter, there is no doubt what he means. He makes it explicit with a verb. The word “be multiplied” means “be increased,” “be more,” “be expanded.” He assumes we need more grace and peace. And we do. In this life we will never be able to say, “I have arrived. I have all the grace and peace I can use.” No you don’t. If there is more coming, you can have more. And you need more.

Michael Brown - When The Supreme Court Rules On Same-Sex "Marriage"

How should we respond if the Supreme Court rules to redefine marriage in June? What do we do if same-sex “marriage” becomes the law of the land?

Up For Debate | Moody Radio

Up for Debate Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.

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The only decision that matters

I am excited. While I would not choose this direction for our country or our culture, and though I lament the very real harm that this Supreme Court decision will do in millions of lives, I also believe that a sovereign God rules supreme in human affairs and He is at work making of the nations a heritage for His Son. The Triune God has not called an emergency session and will not be announcing a strategy of response to the latest development. He is working all things—even and especially this—to His glory for our good.

Ask Pastor John

Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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The Supremes got it right - It's no longer 'gay marriage.' It's 'marriage.' And we're better for it: Editorial

On Friday, the United States took another step toward the ideal of equality envisioned by its founders. And we are all more free as a result.

Has NASA Found A Pyramid On Mars?

The mission's entry, descent, and landing (EDL) phase begins when the spacecraft reaches the top of Martian atmosphere, about 81 miles (131 kilometers) above the surface of the Gale crater landing area, and ends with the rover safe and sound on the surface of Mars. During the approximately seven minutes of EDL, the spacecraft decelerates from a velocity of about 13,200 miles per hour (5,900 meters per second) at the top of the atmosphere, to stationary on the surface.

Werner Heisenberg vs. the New Atheists Despite the desperate rants of the "new atheists," many of history's greatest scientists were Christians. Many of them even claimed that their belief in God motivated their research, or that God's existence was confirmed by their findings. Werner Heisenberg won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of quantum mechanics. Having plumbed the depths of reality, he declared that God was waiting.

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“ @NYTNational : President Obama sings 'Amazing Grace,' a beloved church song, to those mourning at the funeral. ” AMEN.


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Should We Change How We Think About Missions?

I’m writing primarily to encourage the Church. I look at the Church landscape and I’m encouraged on some levels: Christians, particularly younger evangelicals, are passionate about issues like poverty and sex trafficking—issues that we should be passionate about; the Gospel compels us to be passionate about. But what I’m concerned with is when I see those same Christians not passionate and more passive about issues like marriage and abortion. So what I want to show to the Church is that we just don’t have that option of picking and choosing which social issues we’re going to address based on what’s most comfortable and least costly to us. I really want to strengthen and call the Church to action through the book. But then, at the same time, hopefully, non-Christians in our culture will see why Christians who actually believe the Bible are so passionate about social issues and hopefully see a compassion behind why we believe what we believe.

The Danger of Being a Cynic

Look at the companies that aren’t only incredibly successful, but are also changing the world with their innovation—companies like Apple, Tesla or Google. The one thing they have in common isn’t just great products. It’s that they are led by people who genuinely believe the things they are doing can make the world a better place—or, as Steve Jobs famously aspired, they can leave “a dent in the universe." The same could be said of many leaders in politics, faith and activism: Often, the ones with the most influence carry themselves in a way makes others believe things will get better.

A Biblical Response to Homosexuality - The Master's Seminary

Abstract: Through following a distorted meaning of “love,” some in the present day have condoned homosexual practice, without realizing that biblical love excludes homosexuality because of its sinfulness. Christians can best share the gospel with homosexuals by calling their lifestyle what the Bible calls it—sin. Genesis 1–2, Matthew 19, and Ephesians 5 describe clearly the way that God has instituted marriage as a monogamous, heterosexual relationship. Genesis 19, Jude 7, and 2 Peter 2 illustrate how the Fall almost immediately eroded the purity of human sexuality, including a devastation of the divine institution of marriage. Leviticus 18 and 20 and Romans 1 lay out very plainly God’s instructions about how repulsive homosexuality is in God’s sight. Yet Isaiah 56 and 1 Corinthians 6 make plain God’s plan for homosexuals to find freedom and forgiveness through a life-changing faith in Jesus Christ. The door is wide open for homosexuals and lesbians to accept God’s invitation.

How the Supreme Court's Same-Sex-Marriage Decision Will Affect Religious Liberty

Those were isolating  days. A young fellow named Evan Wolfson who had written a dissertation on the subject in 1983 got in touch, and the world immediately felt less lonely. Then a breakthrough in Hawaii, where the state supreme court ruled for marriage equality on gender equality grounds. No gay group had agreed to support the case, which was regarded at best as hopeless and at worst, a recipe for a massive backlash. A local straight attorney from the ACLU, Dan Foley, took it up instead, one of many straight men and women who helped make this happen. And when we won, and got our first fact on the ground, we indeed faced exactly that backlash and all the major gay rights groups refused to spend a dime on protecting the breakthrough … and we lost.

Time to Move Beyond “Defending” Marriage to “Rebuilding” Marriage

First, we need to repent for not upholding marriage. Same-sex marriage is only the latest example of how marriage has failed, and it’s not the most important. We have not taught clearly what marriage is. We’ve had seminar after seminar on how to have happy marriages, “godly” marriages, and great sex lives. But because we’ve not taught what marriage is, we’ve essentially decorated a wrong view of marriage with Christian lingo. We’ve also not modeled marriage well. It’s not lost on the larger culture that there were no marches against no-fault divorce or cohabitation, which have been more destructive to marriage than same-sex marriage.

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

If Ethel keeps stealing your bologna and cheese sandwiches from the communal fridge every day, don’t complain to everyone but Ethel. If there’s a problem, exercise the biblical principle of addressing the person with whom you have a problem with first. Make every effort to listen, seek understanding, speak the truth in love and make amends. If the problem persists, bring in a boss or professional mediator. Be the person that seeks to resolve conflict well, not stir it up or let it fester.

Doctrine of God Part 13: Systematic Study of God's Omniscience

For more resources visit: Defenders is Dr William Lane Craig's weekly Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. This video is Part 13 of the Doctrine of God. Be sure to check out more doctrines as well as the audio of Defenders: We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page:

'Korean Evangelicals on Steroids'

UBF maintains high demands for its missionaries. They hold full-time jobs rather than receive support, and missionaries use their off hours, holidays, and vacations to evangelize on college campuses. Their training is military-like, requiring a “soldier spirit.” Missionaries described training as “boot camp,” complete with jogging and pushups, but also intensive Bible study and evangelism. Early missionaries had to report in public meetings the number of students they invited to study the Bible, how many accepted, and how many students were currently studying the Bible with them. Missionaries who had the most “sheep” were raised to leadership positions.

There Is A Difference Between Absolute and Objective Moral Values

For more resources visit: The Bethinking National Apologetics Day Conference: "Countering the New Atheism" took place during the UK Reasonable Faith Tour in October 2011. Christian academics William Lane Craig, John Lennox, Peter J Williams and Gary Habermas lead 600 people in training on how to defend and proclaim the credibility of Christianity against the growing tide of secularism and New Atheist popular thought in western society. In this session, William Lane Craig delivers his critique of Richard Dawkins' objections to arguments for the existence of God, followed by questions and answers from the audience. In this clip, Dr Craig addresses a question about objective moral values and distinguishes them from absolute moral values. To watch the full video: We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.

WORLD | Is your nonprofit ready? | Emily Belz | June 13, 2015

The extent of the threat to Christian churches, schools, and nonprofits will turn on how the Supreme Court rules on the marriage cases at the end of June. Even if the court does legalize gay marriage nationwide, as many expect, it could rule in different ways that would be more or less threatening to religious groups. And in the months after the ruling, much will turn on how aggressive federal and state governments decide to be toward nonprofits and churches. The main thing organizations can do now to prepare is to state their religious stances on sexuality and marriage clearly in writing in anticipation of potential lawsuits (see sidebar).


“In the heated atmosphere that currently surrounds discussion of every aspect of homosexuality, the most important domain where we need careful thinking and constrained rhetoric is what the Bible does and does not say on the matter. With his customary directness and clarity, Kevin DeYoung has now met this need. For those interested in careful exegesis of the relevant passages and patient discussion of the issues that arise from it, packaged in brevity and simplicity, it would be difficult to better this book.” D. A. Carson , Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

When Leaders Fall, All Are Punished

We see this reality, for instance, when God wields Assyria against Israel’s wickedness. God punished the nation, “for those who guide this people have been leading them astray, and those who are guided by them are swallowed up” (Isaiah 9:16). When Israel wandered, they were being led by the decisions and declarations of leaders, men who sacrificed the good of the people for their own personal benefit (Isaiah 10:2). They were more concerned about their reputation, their success, and their profit than they were for the safety, faith, and holiness of the men and women God had put under their care. And so the flock was “swallowed up,” swept up into the resistance and rebellion, into the pain and destruction of God’s hatred against sin.

On Obamacare, John Roberts helps overthrow the Constitution

The court’s decision flowed from many decisions by which the judiciary has written rules that favor the government in cases of statutory construction. The decision also resulted from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s embrace of the doctrine that courts, owing vast deference to the purposes of the political branches, are obligated to do whatever is required to make a law efficient, regardless of how the law is written. What Roberts does by way of, to be polite, creative construing (Justice Antonin Scalia, dissenting , calls it “somersaults of statutory interpretation”) is legislating, not judging.

Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: The Grand Weaver

Introduction Zacharias introduces The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives ( Paperback , Kindle , Audio CD ) by preparing an analogy. He takes the reader on a descriptive journey to a place in India where saris are made. These large masterpieces are woven thread-by-thread, line-by-line in a pain-staking process. These can take weeks and even months to complete. The entire time, the weaver has a single design in his mind that he wishes to create. Every weave that he does, though individually they may seem insignificant, contribute to the whole. Over time, the design takes shape and becomes more evident. As the title of the book indicates, Zacharias wishes to use the weaving of a magnificent sari to illustrate God's design and purposes for what He has chosen to and allows to take place in our lives. Chapter 1: Your DNA Matters In the first chapter, Zacharias focuses on the physical attributes that God has chosen for each person. He explains how our DNA allows for each person to be physically unique. He explains that even certain outcomes that we believe to be crippling (physically or mentally) are not flaws in the design, but are set for a reason- all part of God's design for the individual's life.

US Churches Receive Less Trust Yet More Money Than Ever

While the overall growth is indicative of robust philanthropy to a wide spectrum of nonprofits and, thus, of all boats rising with the tide, we would be remiss to gloss over what is happening with giving to religion. Although 2014 donations reached a new high of $114.90 billion, and, as always, accounted for the largest percentage of donations, the fact is, this category is continuing its 30-year dramatic downward slide as a share of total giving. In fact, it has dropped from 53 percent of all donations in 1987 to 32 percent of the total in 2014.

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