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‘Sex over religion’: Legal scholars discuss America’s shifting religious freedom landscape

The above headline from The Christian Post caught my attention this morning.

CP contributor Emily Wood, reported on a recent virtual event hosted by the Religious Freedom Institute featuring legal experts in the area of religious freedom. The panel discussed the shifting religious landscape in the United States and voiced their concerns “about the impact of the nation’s increasing religious disaffiliation on the First Amendment” that has evolved over the past two decades. Continue reading

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#NotMyCaesar

“Politics have caused a vast divide in our country. Some Christians want to think that a president being elected by a suspicious or even illegal method means they need not recognize or honor him,” wrote Illinois gospel preacher David Diestelkamp in an article entitled #NotMyCaesar.

“Some conclude,” David continued, “that a president who is immoral, accepts the killing of babies (abortion), or condones the sexually deviant, is not ‘their president.’ And some are judging the validity of a presidency based on their perspective on law, rights, taxes, foreign policy, or free trade.” Continue reading

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A Chaplin’s Prayer for America

Barry Black is the 72-year-old Chaplin of the United States Senate. He was commissioned as a Navy Chaplin and holds the rank of Rear Admiral. Known for his colorful bow ties, he’s served as Senate Chaplin since he retired from the Navy in 2003.

In the early morning hours last Thursday, Black closed a joint session of Congress that had been marred by shocking, sickening and senseless violence with a powerful prayer. Delivered shortly after President-elect Biden’s victory was certified by lawmakers, it is said that “Mr. Black’s prayer cut through the chamber with force.”

In part, here’s Chaplin Black’s prayer for America. Continue reading

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9 Post-Election Things I Know

“Too Early To Call” was the news caption on key battleground states when I turned off the TV last night.

This morning I awoke to the same caption. Neither President Trump nor Joe Biden has captured enough delegates to truly claim victory. While each is obviously hopeful the outcome still hangs in the balance. It’s still undecided. We don’t know. And may not know for a few days.

The political pundits are perplexed over the unknown factors that have made this election the most unusual in American history. Even the experts don’t know how this is going to end. Continue reading

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Chaos or Calm?

While settling into my little corner in the Hampton Inn lobby to write today’s post, the lady working the front desk walked by and asked, “Are you ready for all the chaos that’s about to unfold today?”

I chuckled to myself. I already had decided to share a few thoughts about our attitudes and actions on this Presidential election day.

My new “friend” further opined that the chaos would not end today, predicting post-election problems, discord, and disorder. She may be right. Some businesses in downtown Indianapolis, as well as Washington, D.C., and a number of other major cities are boarding up their windows, fearing post-election riots, and looting. Continue reading

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The Divide Between Politics and Christianity

Susan Eisenhower has recently written a book about her grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower, entitled “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions.”

Cal Thomas recently reviewed the book in one of his columns and referenced Susan’s admiration for what she called Ike’s pursuit of “the middle way.” In the book is this quote from a letter that Eisenhower wrote to a friend in California in 1954. Continue reading

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What Should Be The Christian’s Attitude Toward Police Officers?

In the ensuing weeks since the tragic murder of a black man in Minneapolis by a rogue police officer, we’ve witnessed a great deal of societal upheaval.

There have been peaceful protests against racism and unfair treatment by law enforcement officers. This is an American right and tradition. And it’s lawful.

However, some of these protests or at least the occasion of them have given license for trouble makers to take advantage of this situation and engage in rioting and looting. This has resulted in buildings being burned. Businesses destroyed. Public and private property vandalized. And historical monuments being defaced and demolished Continue reading

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Reflections on America’s Birthday

As the USA prepares to celebrate our 244th birthday, it will be a day unlike any we’ve seen in our generation.

In many, if not most communities, there will be no fireworks or parades due to the COVID-19 pandemic that’s changed everything. Large gatherings are out. Beaches are being closed. And communities having fireworks, are urging people to stay home and watch them from the safety of their own backyard.

In fact, instead of this being an occasion to celebrate what’s right with America, we’re seeing an emphasis on criticizing what’s wrong with our country. Continue reading

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What Christians Can Do During Civil Unrest?

“Close call.” Posted my friend and former college classmate Nancy (Clendening) Reaves.

Saturday evening, Nancy and her husband, Brownie, a preaching colleague of mine, were driving through Atlanta. Suddenly, Nancy, recounted, “A young black man ran out onto Hwy 85 intending to harm whoever was in the next car. It. Was. Me. He threw a big rock at my car window. Brownie was driving. It hit the door rim and was two inches from hitting me.” Continue reading

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Law. Liberty. And License.

Do you know what today is?

With everyone “sheltering in place” it’s easy to lose track of both the days and the date.

Today, May 1st, might be remembered as the day for many when the “sheltering in place” restrictions expired in their state. However, if you access the National Calendar Day you will find some unusual and interesting celebrations in addition to our normal holidays.

Today is National Chocolate Parfait Day. National Mother Goose Day. National Loyalty Day. And National Principal’s Day. You can look them up to see what they mean. Continue reading

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