Schools and the YMCA Allow Boys in the Girls Bathrooms

So which is it?On the one hand, we are constantly bombarded with the propaganda that one’s sexual orientation is not a choice. It is programmed into our genetic makeup from birth, even though there is no science to support such a claim and ample evidence that it is not true.Yet the Left is rallying around transgenders, those who are genetically unequivocally either male or female, pushing for the right to choose whether to live their lives as male or female and their right to use wh … [Read more...]

Will North Carolina Magistrates Be Made to Perform Same-Sex Marriages?

The religious freedom of some North Carolina magistrates is under attack.North Carolina is one of only two states to offer protection for those officials who cannot in good conscience—by the tenets of their Christian faith—carry out a marriage between same-sex individuals.The state law allows for magistrates with “sincerely held religious objection,” to recuse themselves from conducting a same-sex marriage, while local counties provide alternate magistrates who do not hold such object … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Help Syrian Refugees Right Now

When I wrote about Syrian refugees a few weeks ago, I said it is not bigoted or unloving — and definitely not un-Christian — to protect the safety of our families and our homeland.But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the families fleeing for their lives.  And whether they are Christian or Muslim should not matter one bit.Christ has called us to be wise and gentle, both protecting the innocent and generously giving to those in need. The two are not contradictory.The question no … [Read more...]

Rubio Is Right: Obey God, Not the Supreme Court

Senator and Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio turned some heads on the Left recently by saying we should obey God rather than men.The fact that such a simple statement would provoke controversy at all signals just how far our freedoms have already slipped.What Rubio said is nothing new. It is what nearly every Christian -- and people of every major religion -- have believed for two millenia:In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally … [Read more...]

One Thing Some Republicans and Modern Church Leaders Share

As I pondered a couple of seemingly unrelated things -- Establishment Republicans and Seeker-friendly Church Leaders -- I stumbled onto a similarity between the two -- a lack of moral courage. And a reason why.Establishment Republicans try to be liked by those they deem to be in the middle. They crave the acceptance of supposed Independents who they think are seeking likable, lovable politicians who just want to get along with everyone.They think that these Independent voters want … [Read more...]

Singing in Church with Elvis, Aerosmith, and Bonhoeffer

I once actually stood in church and sang the words, "Blah, Blah, Blah." And no one could tell the difference. No one could hear anything anyways because the music was so loud.  Just being authentic here, but with the lyrics as simplistic as they were, I couldn't even tell the difference.I have to wonder if God noticed.As some of you know from my post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church, I struggle to reconcile much of what passes for modern worship music with biblical passages … [Read more...]

What to Do When Church Leaders Sin

Pastors are perfect people, right? Church leaders don't sin do they?Some of you laughed when you read that. Especially you pastors and church leaders who know all too well how human you are.But others of you immediately thought of painful situations caused by a church leader's sin. You remembered the destruction caused by it and -- what makes it worse -- the frustration you felt when no one seemed willing to do anything about it.A recent comment by a reader identified as Dan Graves … [Read more...]

Singing in Church: Is It Time for a New Worship War?

Based on interest in my post "Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church," I thought FaithWalkers readers might enjoy this guest post from my friend Rich Birch. Rich serves as the Operations Pastor at Liquid Church, and blogs at about stuff you wish they taught you in seminary. You can follow Rich him on Twitter and Facebook. The first church I served at was in the middle of a worship war when I started there. It was like a cold war with a lot of passive-aggressive leadership on bot … [Read more...]