Protecting The Flock

The case for armed security at churches gains new momentum after Sutherland Springs

Churches are what the FBI would call a “soft target,” security consultant Mike Gurley said. They are an open-door, welcoming environment. And they don’t just open one door, they open all doors, to anyone who wants to come in.   Defenseless people. That’s how Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. described the members of... Continue Reading

The Research Proves The No. 1 Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage

For the last 20 years, marital status has increasingly become the central factor in whether our neighbors rise above, remain, or descend into poverty. The research is astounding.

“The increase of baby carriages coming before marriage is terribly alarming among the working poor. Working-class women are nearly three times more likely to have babies out of wedlock than upper-class women. Poor women are about five times more likely. These two groups are far less likely to be married overall and twice as likely... Continue Reading

African-American Leaders Defend Colorado Baker Amid Supreme Court Gay Wedding Cake Battle

Phillips was found guilty of violating state discrimination law by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission

“Although Phillips sells baked goods to anybody regardless of their sexual orientation, he objects to participating in certain events that violate his religious beliefs such as gay weddings and even Halloween cakes. The commission ordered Phillips to undergo sensitivity training and change his policies to conform to state law.”   A group of African-American rights... Continue Reading

All Hail The Godbot: In Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Just King, It’s Literally A New Religion

The Way of the Future has no church, no worshipers, no doctrine, no scripture and no rituals

“Knowledge has already separated from the human mind to be embodied in artificial intelligences like Siri. Navigation, once done by reference to the heavens, has become an exercise in submission to apps like Waze. Divine omniscience is replicated in the surveillance of life-tracking devices like the Fitbit.”   There are reasons to be skeptical of... Continue Reading

Pastor Whose 14-Y-O Daughter Died in Texas Church Shooting: ‘I Don’t Understand, but I Know My God Does’

The father said that his daughter, Annabelle, was "one beautiful girl," and a "special child."

“Heaven truly gained a real beautiful angel this morning along with many more. I lost a lot of friends and family this morning but that just means Jesus needed them more. I know all that have taken their last breath of dirty air and took their first breath of heavenly air with new bodies with... Continue Reading

Praying for More Reformation

Is there any substantial difference between the selling of indulgences and the call from Pentecostal pastors to gain God’s blessings through generous giving?

As we celebrate and appreciate the Reformation’s influence and success, we should be honest to recognize that success is limited and much remains to be done. At least in America, the Protestant church has largely abandoned Biblical beliefs and orthodox theology. With 77% of Americans believing that personal effort is a vital contribution to salvation and... Continue Reading

Eastern Upheaval

Understanding the resurgence of religion in China.

In China a lot of practices were derided as superstitious and outright banned throughout the 20th century, even before Communist rule. Now the government has allowed traditional folk religions to come back, but they call it traditional Chinese culture. Pilgrimages to holy mountains get support from government not as a religious movement but as a... Continue Reading

Researchers: Faith Helps Mass Shooting Survivors

Psychologists find support from community and trust in God make a measurable impact.

But researchers found that after a mass shooting, similar to what studies show in the wake of natural disasters, “religious support buffers the deleterious relationship between resource loss and negative outcomes.” That means, even when the suffering is greater, survivors with high levels of support from their faith communities don’t show the level of worsening... Continue Reading

Dangerous Intersections

Intersectionality is an academic theory invented by Black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw as a way to describe the unique challenges of black women.

Forms of oppression do exist, but intersectionality theorists mistake both the symptoms and the cause. Oppression doesn’t come from a conspiracy of whiteness. It’s the default mode of anyone in power, regardless of outward identity factors. We are defined equally by inward factors, and in our hearts we can all identify as sinners. Where sin... Continue Reading

In Secular Morality, The Majority Rules

Experiment shows people accept as right that which is common.

The study showed social conformity strongly influences beliefs about right and wrong, meaning changes in the social environment can quickly alter people’s moral compasses, the researchers said. But, lead researcher Andreas Olsson said in a statement, “The fact that a behavior is common doesn’t automatically mean that it’s right—this idea is based on flawed logic... Continue Reading