[Audio] How Pastors Can Preach about Religious Freedom

My friend Dr. McKay Caston (who happens to also be my pastor) preached a sermon recently that demonstrates how pastors can and should preach about religious freedom.It is fine example of speaking the truth in love and preparing a congregation for the rising tide of persecution in America.McKay has agreed to let me post the audio here and share his sermon notes below. You can follow his blog here.I encourage you to share them with pastors and church leaders and prayerfully encourage … [Read more...]

You Will Be Made to Care: CA Barber Sued for Religious Beliefs on Gender

The cultural wildfire is spreading, just as we predicted in You Will Be Made to Care. First they came for the bakers, florists, pharmacists, adoption agencies and fire chiefs. Now they have come for the barbers. Gender identity that is now being used to pressure a California barber to violate his conscience.Richard Hernandez only cuts men's hair. He interprets a passage from 1 Corinthians (pronounced First Corinthians, Donald) "if a woman has long hair, it is her glory" to mean that he … [Read more...]

#MadetoCare: Tolerance Terrorizes Texas Bakery

You know those times where you repeat a word over and over and over and it starts to sound like nonsense? It loses all meaning and you wonder what you were talking about in the first place. Today, that word resounding ad nauseum across FaceBook feeds, YouTube comment sections, and social issues articles is tolerant. Americans should be more tolerant! I can’t believe you’re such an intolerant bigot! You need to be more tolerant of his/her/its lifestyle choices! I sort of expect Inigo Mon … [Read more...]

Andy Stanley’s Ridiculous Attack on Families and Churches

I like Andy Stanley. His writing and teaching have been a help to me over the years. But his recent attack on families and churches leaves me wondering if he hasn't drunk too much of his own mega-church Kool-aid.I've enjoyed Stanley's leadership sessions at Catalyst and elsewhere. Although we've never met, we have a number of mutual friends. He is the pastor of the largest church in America.But his recent slam on any church that isn't trying to be a mega-church and any family that isn't … [Read more...]

Debunking the 8 Most Popular Myths about Christian Education

It would be sinful for me to send my children to a public school in America.I'm not saying it would be sinful for you to do so, but I could not do it with a clean conscience.And therefore, to do so would be sinful for me.My parents took great pains to ensure I received a distinctly Christian education and I am doing the same for my children.Over my dozen years in Christian education, I interviewed a lot of parents and students.And I do mean a lot.I got to hear just … [Read more...]

2015: A Bloody Year for Christianity

2015 was bloody year to be a Christian.With today’s media making such a fuss about Islamaphobia, homophobia or any other perceived slight against other groups, Americans may have been distracted from a very intense and ongoing persecution of Christians around the world.It shows no sign of weakening in 2016.In the words of Open Doors, an organization founded in 1955 to assist persecuted Christians, 2015 has been “the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern hi … [Read more...]

10 Topics Every Christian Couple Should Discuss before Marriage

How do I know the person God wants me to marry?My son asked me this question not long ago. It's a question I get often from readers trying to figure out what God wants them to do next.On the one hand, the question is much simpler than we make it. On the other hand, it is far more nuanced than we'd like to admit.Almost 18 years have passed since my wife and I said I do. Six kids later, we're rapidly approaching that time in life when our own children will be deciding when to get … [Read more...]

Why I’m Still Struggling to Sing in Your Church

A few years ago, I wrote a post finally just being honest about what I thought about modern church worship music in evangelical circles. It struck a chord as I discovered I was not alone in my frustration.I wanted to sing—and to sing in a way that didn't make me feel as if I were back in grade school—and a lot of other people did, too.Many people came out of the worship closet then, saying they had left the church entirely because of the pathetic state of music.Although I don't en … [Read more...]


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