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For-Profit Religious Organizations

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Two pastors in Utah who were faced with jail time and/or imprisonment for not agreeing to marry a same-sex couple finessed the question by re-organizing their “Hitching Post” wedding chapel as a not-for-profit religious organization. The law was written to exempt religious non-profits, but not any for-profit.

This raises the question, can a for-profit corporation have a religious purpose? Asked differently, could there be any such thing as a religiously-motivated entrepreneur? If he started a business, could it have a religious purpose? Would it have …

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Religious Freedom and SSM: Pastors Being Forced To Wed Same-Sex Couples

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Fresh on the heels of outrageous government encroachment into religious liberty on Sunday mornings in Houston, now we’re hearing of pastors being forced under threat of fines and imprisonment to violate their religious beliefs by performing weddings for gays:

Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal.

Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of …


Genocide in Iraq

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

My friend Eric Chabot gathered this information. Click links with caution.

Remember, this famous quote: — ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Unless you’ve been living on a desert island the last few weeks, you probably know that our brothers and sisters in Christ are getting butchered in Iraq. Hence, there is a mass genocide going on, the attempt to wipe …

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Hobby Lobby and the Freedom To Be Wrong (Or Right)

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

I’ve been appalled at the criticisms leveled at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Hobby Lobby this week. Frank Schaeffer called it a “Victory For Ultra-Right Roman Catholic Co-Conspirators With Chuck Colson’s Ghost.” Brooklyn Magazine breathlessly , bemoaned, “Less Than Human: How the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Reduces Women to Nothing More than Baby-Incubators.”

I could have listed dozens more reactions like those. They’ve got the whole thing wrong. I’m thankful they have the freedom to get things wrong. Are they?

There’s no …


Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead | Ratio Christi

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

From the Ratio Christi website:

Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead | Ratio Christi: “Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead ”

I saw the movie in a pre-screening several weeks ago, and I can only tell you that it’s very, very good. I recommend it highly.

I’ve been asked whether it resorts to cheap or cheesy plot manipulations, and whether the circumstances portrayed in the trailer are realistic. I’ve addressed both of those questions in a BreakPoint article that should …


Re Phil Robertson: Beyond Anger To Grief

Friday, December 20th, 2013

I learned an important lesson several years ago about a way to move beyond anger, to a more godly and healthy response to upsetting events. I’ve thought about it again in light of A&E’s dismissal of Phil Robertson. In short, it’s about moving beyond anger to grief.

A Life Lesson Learned

I can explain it best by the story of how I learned it. I was a director of Human Resources at Campus Crusade for Christ (now “Cru”). One of our staff members, whom I …


On Phil Robertson’s Suspension: So It Begins

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

My initial response to Phil Robertson’s suspension by A&E is best expressed by Theoden, at the beginning of the battle of Helm’s Deep, in The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings Trilogy. They, too, were fighting to defend their families against powerful aggressors.

The “it” that I sense beginning (accelerating, actually) now is not some new culture war. It is the culturally- and legally-mandated suppression of Christian religious liberty, with people losing jobs and being faced with fines and jail time for their beliefs.

It’s …


“Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks”

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

They said the gay rights movement wouldn’t harm those who didn’t go along with it.

A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ.

[From ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks]

Related: “So It Begins: On Phil Robertson’s Suspension From Duck Dynasty


Five Crucial Questions: Live Streaming From Five Campuses This Week!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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