Religious Persecution Is Worsening Worldwide

Dictators are the worst persecutors of believers. This perhaps uncontroversial finding was verified for the first time in the Pew Research Center’s 11th annual study surveying restrictions on freedom of religion in 198 nations. The median level of government violations reached an all-time high in 2018, as 56 nations (28%) suffer “high” or “very high” levels ofContinue reading “Religious Persecution Is Worsening Worldwide”

You Figure It Out?

(Please read the following news report and comment on how you think this conundrum should be handled.) British police interfered with a baptism service held in England due to the religious event having more people in attendance than allowed by recently implemented lockdown restrictions. The London-based congregation The Angel Church held a baptism ceremony onContinue reading “You Figure It Out?”

O For Some Peace and Quiet

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Tim. 2:1-2 (The election had not been determined at the time of this article’s release) Lord Jesus, as I begin this dayContinue reading “O For Some Peace and Quiet”

Facebook Again Bans a Christian Ministry

Facebook has removed the page of an interdenominational Christian ministry that helps people struggling with unwanted sexual attractions and gender confusion. The Restored Hope Network said its Facebook page had been removed without notice or explanation by the social media giant. The organisation’s executive director Anne Paul said the suspension was a “chilling example ofContinue reading “Facebook Again Bans a Christian Ministry”

The Future of Same-Sex Marriage

The Story: Justices Thomas and Alito warn about the threat to religious liberty in the decision that cleared way for same-sex marriage. Could a conservative majority on the Supreme Court be on the verge of overturning that ruling? The Background: On the first day of the Supreme Court’s new term, Justice Thomas wrote a scathing critique of Obergefell v.Continue reading “The Future of Same-Sex Marriage”

As a Christian, Do I Have to Be a Pacifist?

At a time when the world is still divided by war and conflict, Christians have a duty and responsibility to examine our position related to the use of deadly force. As a homicide detective, this issue has been at the center of my professional life for over twenty-five years. In every case I investigate, IContinue reading “As a Christian, Do I Have to Be a Pacifist?”

Are You Still in Chains?

The misfortunes of the past and present can be undone by the powerful effect of God’s ever-present word. It’s fashionable in our time to attribute behavior to genes and family vices, temperament and educational opportunities, domineering parents and sibling rivalry. Certainly these all can leave their mark on our personality, but we must never lose sightContinue reading “Are You Still in Chains?”

Insights to the Next Supreme Court Justice

Christianity Today asked legal experts how a new Supreme Court appointment replacing Ginsburg stands to affect evangelicals outside of Roe v. Wade. Here are their responses, calling out issues such as religious freedom, racial equality, child protection, and free speech. Barry P. McDonald, law professor at Pepperdine University:As it stands, the Supreme Court is controlledContinue reading “Insights to the Next Supreme Court Justice”

The American Political Party System

In an election year, Christian citizens are confronted with choosing between candidates the two major political parties put before them. While some voters have enduring loyalties to one party or the other, voting consistently along partisan lines from one election to the next, it seems increasing numbers are dissatisfied with the options, wishing they couldContinue reading “The American Political Party System”