Why I’m Still Struggling to Sing in Your Church

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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...]

YMCA Bows to Bullies on Transgendered Locker Rooms

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OK. This is just hilarious. Or at least it would be if it were not true.The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap counties in Washington state had implemented a policy earlier this year not to allow people who are confused about their gender to choose their own locker rooms.But now they have reversed that decision. You are now free to move about in whichever locker room you choose.“In October we released a statement asking our transgendered members at our family facilities to use private ch … [Read more...]

Schools and the YMCA Allow Boys in the Girls Bathrooms

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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?

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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...]

Faith Under Fire: Kelvin Cochran Case Moves Forward

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The city of Atlanta is supposed to be the buckle of the Bible belt. But when their fire chief published a book in which he quoted Scripture, he was fired for doing so.Kelvin Cochran was made to care.I've had the privilege of interviewing Chief Cochran about his ordeal for the upcoming book I co-authored with Erick Erickson entitled You Will Be Made to Care.In fact, I will feature the interview in one of the first episodes of the You Will Be Made to Care podcasts launching in … [Read more...]

5 Books That Make Great Last Minute Gifts

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Merry Christmas, FaithWalkers!I pray the holiday ahead is a joyous one, no matter what mountains you may be facing right now.If you are like me, you've put off the whole gift-giving thing until the last-minute.If you're not like me, congratulations. You can relax a bit.If it's a help, here are 5 books I would recommend as great last-minute gifts (and yes, I am biased). 5 Books that Make Great Last Minute Gifts A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Help Syrian Refugees Right Now

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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...]

Pistol Packin’ Jesus: A Response to Shane Claiborne

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Jesus’ message was the Kingdom of God (Mt. 4:17, 23; Lk. 8:1). The Kingdom of God is the rule of God in the earth. [1] Near the heart of that kingdom-rule lies justice (=righteousness, [Mt. 6:33;  Heb. 1:8]). That justice includes (as I intend briefly to show) the defense, including lethal defense, if necessary, of judicially innocent life. [2] Therefore, Jesus, by implication, would have supported — and does support — carrying firearms to defend that life.The fact that this line of reasoni … [Read more...]


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