The restrictions are massive. Any "public accommodation" must allow patrons to use men's or women's restrooms -- and locker rooms and changing rooms -- "consistent with their gender identity." Such places must also "use names, pronouns, and gender-related terms appropriate to employee's stated gender identity in communications with employee and with others."
These are not small asks for churches, Christian schools, and other organizations which operate on Christian principles.Read more
The three-day conference with over 100 speakers from over 30 countries expressed the tension between advocates of religious freedom and ideologues for human rights. Dr Cole Durham, founding director of ICLRS and himself a Mormon asked whether provision should not be made for a pharmacist who objected to giving the morning after pill if a nearby pharmacist would.Read more
Too often a once-off altar call is seen as the be all and end all of Christian salvation. But an emotional reaction decades ago is not what biblical conversion is all about. A changed life is. Too often folks will sing a dozen choruses of "Just As I Am" and leave a gospel meeting just as they were.Read more
About 8 in 10 Americans (79 percent) say it is inappropriate for pastors to endorse a political candidate during a church service, according to a 2015 phone survey by LifeWay Research published Thursday (Sept. 8).
"Americans already argue about politics enough outside the church. They don't want pastors bringing those arguments into worship," LifeWay Research Executive Director Scott McConnell said in a written statement.Read more
"Half a century ago," Jacobs tells his readers, "such figures existed in America: serious Christian intellectuals who occupied a prominent place on the national stage. They are gone now. It would be worth our time to inquire why they disappeared, where they went, and whether--should such a thing be thought desirable--they might return."Read more
This is the reality we now face, and the onslaught is coming fast. Major LGBT organizations are now pressing their demands and gaining traction. A host of politicians are ready to support any legislation that will make them appear, by their calculation, on "the right side of history," not to mention on the winning side of the ballot box.Read more
This study, conducted by world renowned Johns Hopkins University scientists Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, is a meta-analysis of data from over 200 peer-reviewed (and left-leaning) studies regarding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." It was published in the fall 2016 edition of The New Atlantis journal and is, far and away, the most objective, exhaustive and comprehensive study on the topic to date.
The research established, among other things:Read more
About half of current religious "nones" who were raised in a religion (49%) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion. This includes many respondents who mention "science" as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said "I'm a scientist now, and I don't believe in miracles." Others reference "common sense," "logic" or a "lack of evidence" -- or simply say they do not believe in God.Read more
Eichenwald also charges that modern English translations of the New Testament are notoriously unreliable. The truth is that there are today a dozen or so fairly reliable translations. Eichenwald cites as his key example of translation inaccuracy renderings of the Greek verb proskune? (?????????) as "worship" when applied to Jesus.Read more
In 1878, Mark Twain, travelling up the Rhine on a barge, came to the small town of Dilsberg, whose 700 inhabitants, Twain learned, were all 'blood-kin to each other' and 'have been blood-kin to each other for fifteen hundred years'.Read more
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