Opening Blind Eyes to the Truth about Sex-Trafficking in America
The "blind eye" problem remains an issue: people still don't see what is happening right under their noses.
Blind Eyes Opened is a unique Christian documentary in that it is an in-depth examination of the sex-trafficking industry in the U.S. The film shows the dregs of depravity that drives the industry, but more importantly, it shows the transformations that are possible through Christ. Further, it shows the interconnected roles of law enforcement, policymakers, organizations, ministries, and... Continue Reading
Living Faith Church is a small congregation pastored by a husband and wife team, Stephen and Angela Dela Cruz. The salacious part of the story is that she was (is?) a porn star and he is a business coach.
There is such a thing as a message of “cheap grace” and the Dela Cruzes would seem to be the poster children for it. Any preacher who only offers “free salvation” but who omits “take up your cross” as a consequence (not a prior condition) of that grace is a preaching a false, antinomian, Gnostic, therapeutic gospel.... Continue Reading
“This Is Not What I Signed Up For.” Unsettling Exodus of Pastors Leaving the Ministry
Why Are Pastors Leaving Ministry?
A professor from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Christopher B. James, gave his thoughts as to why he believes the trend of pastors leaving ministry is occurring. James said, “In addition to being a hard job with mediocre pay, many pastors don’t think it’s worth it to try to maintain dying churches and are curious what... Continue Reading
The History of American Evangelicals’ Opposition to Abortion Is Long
Pro-choice advocates push a new talking point that it isn’t. Let’s look at the record.
[The] account of Evangelicals being late to the pro-life cause isn’t meant to convince the serious pro-lifer but to poison the well against pro-life advocacy. If the public can be convinced that pro-lifers are disingenuous, and hiding racist motivations, then it can more easily disregard discomfort about the ethics of abortion. As the pro-life movement... Continue Reading
My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit.
The more I spoke out against the illiberalism that has swallowed Portland State University, the more retaliation I faced.
I wish I could say that what I am describing hasn’t taken a personal toll. But it has taken exactly the toll it was intended to: an increasingly intolerable working life and without the protection of tenure. This isn’t about me. This is about the kind of institutions we want and the values we choose.... Continue Reading
Remedial Education for All
Public education, today, is far more concerned with raising the grades and test scores of its lowest achieving students than with pushing all students towards a higher standard.
When we prioritize the least successful students over their more well-prepared peers, we invariably lower standards for all students. Educators focus on gaming the system to produce “high” grades and graduation rates and in the process, everyone loses sight of why learning matters in the first place. Schools only work when teachers believe in the... Continue Reading
Asbury Sermon on ‘Therapeutic Self’ Prompts LGBTQ Twitter Rage
Asbury Theological Seminary President Dr. Timothy Tennent is facing a social media backlash for preaching a an orthodox sermon at Asbury’s convocation for the 2021-22
The result of these shifts has been the elevation of sexual satisfaction to the apex of our culture and making sexual identity our deepest source of self-knowledge. He concluded with an account of how Christianity enables a proper sense of identity; one rooted in the transcendent law of God instead of authentic individual expression. ... Continue Reading
American Homeschooling Goes Boom
Hundreds of thousands of moms and dads across the nation who have decided to become the principals of their very own, very small elementary schools.
The number of kids going to school at home nationwide has doubled over the past two years. In 2019, there were about 2.5 million students learning at home. Today there are nearly 5 million. That means more than 11 percent of American households are educating their children outside of traditional schools. In March 2020, as the coronavirus engulfed... Continue Reading
Critical Race Theory is on the Ropes
CRT has become such a heated issue that even state and local governments are getting involved—and they’re not coming down on the side of CRT.
Now that parents realize the schools have been indoctrinating their kids, will they remain vigilant for other forms of indoctrination? Using our children as fodder in a political fight was a line the left shouldn’t have crossed—but they did. Now they’ve triggered the immune system of the body politic. Protests against Critical Race Theory... Continue Reading
Inside the Underground Railroad Out of Afghanistan
A list of 500 Afghans was shared with me. Then I was asked to choose five.
I struggled with this intensely, especially after reading hundreds of emails with personal pleas, and poring over documentation of entire Afghan families with real faces and identities. I could not do it. But I had to do it. Along with my co-worker, Faisal Al Mutar, I ultimately did pick just five based on a basic evaluation of... Continue Reading