The Cult of Death and California’s Physician-Assisted Suicide

Christians have always been staunch defenders of the immutable value of human life

The California law goes beyond even “passive euthanasia” by having doctors intentionally recommend death to still functioning people. The Catholic Church in California issued a statement condemning the law when it was passed in 2015 and again last month when it was overturned.   Last month, a Riverside County Judge put a hold on California’s... Continue Reading

Fairfax County School Board Votes to Change Sex Ed References to Sex, Gender

The school board claims that biological sex is meaningless, that children can transition to a different sex than the sex “assigned” to them a birth; parental permission to teach this not required.

Currently, Fairfax County Public Schools students in eighth, ninth and 10th grades are taught that “the development of individual identity occurs over a lifetime and includes the component of sexual orientation and gender identity.” The current curriculum says “biological sex” is one of four parts of individual identity. The change to the Family Life Education... Continue Reading

Canadian Supreme Court Restricts Secular Court Oversight of Church Discipline

Decision: “Religious groups are free to determine their own membership and rules; courts will not intervene in such matters save where it is necessary to resolve an underlying legal dispute.”

When it comes to churches and religious organizations, however, Justice Rowe made a further, significant conclusion. He acknowledged that, in religious contexts, procedural rules may actually involve the interpretation of religious doctrine, which is something that Canadian courts have never wanted to touch.   Today [May 31, 2018], the Supreme Court of Canada released a very significant... Continue Reading

Persecution in the Early Church: Did You Know?

Beginning as a despised, illicit religious sect, Christianity endured 300 years of hostility to emerge as the dominant force in the Roman Empire.

Late in 302 the emperors visited the shrine of Apollo at Didyma and the oracle complained of the baneful influence of the Christians (“the just on earth”) in its pronouncements. The die was now cast. On February 23, 303, the Feast of Terminalia, repression would start. Churches were destroyed, Christian services banned, and the Scriptures... Continue Reading

Debunking 4 Myths About Religious Freedom

Here are four popular myths about religious liberty I commonly encounter

Believe it or not, most religious people in this country have no desire to withhold their friendship, much less their business, from people with whom they disagree, even on serious issues. Some have suggested that bills spelling out religious freedom rights give businesses the “right to discriminate,” especially against gay and lesbian persons. This is... Continue Reading

Supreme Court Agrees to Arkansas Abortion Regulations

The Supreme Court refused to review a ruling from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the Arkansas law, passed in 2015, to take effect, according to Washington Examiner.

“The Supreme Court’s action today means that Arkansas will have another chance to defend its chemical abortion regulations in court,” pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List said in a statement. “That’s positive news.”   The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a plea by the Planned Parenthood to challenge an Arkansas law that regulates medication-induced abortions, which... Continue Reading

Study: 1 in 5 Deaths in Young Adults is Opioid Related

1.68 million people died in 2016 alone, according to the research, with most deaths happening between the ages of 24 and 35.

It’s hard to write this article — honestly — without having some sort of emotional reaction to the numbers. It’s easy to read 1.6 million people, but that doesn’t quite touch upon those affected – be it friends, families, teachers, students, colleagues – by these deaths. How much of this is being pushed upon by... Continue Reading

The War Against Abstinence: Blockers, American Pie, and the Last Great Sexual Taboo

There may be no greater social shame today than the humiliation young adults feel when they are discovered to be virgins.

The last great sexual sin of our time is not related to any specific sex act or forbidden partner. The greatest sexual sin of our time is not a sin of commission but of omission: the sin of not doing it at all. The last great sexual taboo is the taboo of virginity.   With... Continue Reading

The Church and Cultural Power

Times are definitely changing—we’re watching the rise of a generation for whom religious freedom, and indeed freedom of speech, are not the self-evident social goods which they were once considered to be.

Yet for all of the furore concerning society’s current anti-Christian moral tendencies, it is worth pausing for a moment to ask if Christians themselves have been complicit in the formation of this culture. Take marriage, for example—as Robby George argued in What is Marriage?, marriage was redefined as a sentimental attachment to last only as long... Continue Reading

A Royal Wedding Images THE Royal Wedding

Each human marriage is an image of the divine union between Christ and the church.

Harry and Meghan formed a covenant through the making of vows. Jesus Christ forms a covenant relationship of marriage with his bride, the church. The covenant unites not only the man and woman but also their families. Harry and Meghan made covenant vows before God and witnesses that united them in a one-flesh union. That... Continue Reading

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