An Apologetic Without An Apology
An important and essential question we must ask about any ministry we engage in: “Is it worth it?”
I am not intimidated by the question since there has been much good fruit to show for the effort. I am not intimidated by the critics of our evangelical faith.. I am downhearted and brokenhearted every day by the statistics, the newspaper accounts, the gunshots, the blood on the street, the caskets at the funerals,... Continue Reading
Court ‘Win’ for Nonprofits Has A Lot Of What-Ifs
The Supreme Court’s strange Little Sisters ruling gives religious nonprofits a significant reprieve, but the fight is long from over
The court’s ruling vacated and remanded to lower courts all the religious nonprofits’ cases challenging the Obamacare requirement that employers provide health coverage for contraceptives and abortifacients. It was a qualified victory and the best outcome the nonprofits could hope for if the court was divided 4-4 on the merits of the case—as seems likely.... Continue Reading
How A Small, Country Congregation Became A Megachurch Overnight
Worshipers from realms seen and unseen, all mixed together in the adoration of the Lamb whose kingdom is without end.
The following Sunday it would happen again. And then again. This tiny rural church would bulge at the seams with worshipers from realms seen and unseen, all mixed together in the adoration of the Lamb whose kingdom is without end. That’s how a small, country congregation became a megachurch overnight. Without even trying. They gathered... Continue Reading
Faithful Evangelism Begins With Clear Sight
The glory of Christ motivates faithful proclamation of the word of God.
God is an infinitely holy God who desires and deserves worship from all. When we have been made to see our sin and be cleansed from it, we cannot do anything but be willing men and women for his service. If we ever lose sight of who God is and who we are, then we... Continue Reading
Gordon College Prof Sues Over Sexuality Policy Spat
Gordon College is facing a lawsuit from a professor who claims she was punished for making comments about the school’s stance on sexuality.
Gordon did not terminate tenured philosophy professor Lauren Barthold but did deny her a scheduled right to apply for a promotion, according to an ACLU statement. Barthold also claims she was demoted from her position as director of gender studies minor and that Gordon threatened to fire her over her comments. According to school officials,... Continue Reading
ACLU Renews Attack Against Catholic Hospitals Over Abortion
The American Civil Liberties Union launched a renewed attack against religious hospitals, claiming they should not be allowed to base the care they provide on the dictates of their beliefs.
In a report released in May, titled “Health Care Denied,” the ACLU targets Catholic hospitals, saying they jeopardize women’s lives because they “prohibit a range of reproductive health services,” including abortion, when something goes wrong during pregnancy. Grazie Pozo Christie, a Miami-area radiologist and a Catholic, said claims of care being denied are false. “When... Continue Reading
The Pensacola Theological Institute Back Again After 15 Years
The new Pensacola Theological Institute will be inaugurated and held June 24-26, 2016 at McIlwain Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, Fla.
The speakers will be Dr. George Grant, the author of more than 60 books and Pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tenn.; Rev. Jason Helopoulos, Associate Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Mich., and author of several books on pastoral ministry and families, including A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian... Continue Reading
Christian Colleges Targeted For Gender Views
Department of Education releases list of schools not bending to LGBT agenda
Title IX is the federal law enacted in 1972 to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex. For years, the law was used primarily to give women equal access to intercollegiate sports. But in 2014, without a single move from lawmakers in Congress, the Department of Education expanded the definition to include gender identity. Now,... Continue Reading
The Importance of the Choir in Today’s Church
We must not discount the richness the choir brings to the church’s worship experience.
We must not discount the richness the choir brings to the church’s worship experience. I think many would be surprised by the long-lasting effect a choir program can have on their local church. If your church is anything like mine, the choir is a long-held tradition, and traditions enrich the life of the Church. Just... Continue Reading
Do Short-Term Mission Trips Produce Long-Term Missionaries?
Does participating in short-term mission trips influence members to serve as long-term missionaries?
One informal study completed within Mission To the Word (MTW), the mission sending agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, found that between 2010 and 2016 eighty-four percent of new long term missionaries indicated they had previously served on a one – two week mission trip prior to signing up for long-term mission service. In... Continue Reading