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The Fundamental Reason Why Anna Should Dump Josh Duggar

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

This past weekend, the Duggars’ pastor, Ronnie Floyd, preached a sermon about Josh. Go figure. In it the pastor, who previously defended the eldest Duggar’s molestation of his sisters with the statement, “things like [the scandal] have happened before and will happen again,” explained that Josh’s infidelities via the Ashley Madison website were the result […]

Satanic Temple of Detroit Mocks God in Bizarre Ritual at Planned Parenthood Protest

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

The Satanic Temple of Detroit staged a pair of bizarre, God-mocking rituals outside Planned Parenthood clinics in Detroit and Ferndale, Michigan, on Saturday in support of abortion on demand. The group was there to “interrupt” the anti-Planned Parenthood protests in those two cities, which were part of a movement of hundreds of organized protests across […]

Militant Atheists Are Going After College Football Coaches

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 - by Chris Queen

They’re at it again. Those super-tolerant folks at the Freedom From Religion Foundation are going after Christian believers who share their faith with others. This time, their target is college football and the coaches who use their belief in Jesus Christ as a springboard to improving the lives of their players. The Freedom From Religion Foundation […]

Christianity and Social Networks: A Lesson from China

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 - by Tyler O'Neil

Friendships Trump Arguments When it Comes to Conversion That street preacher may not convert you — but your best friend will. Perhaps contrary to popular opinion, people rarely actually convert based on rhetoric or arguments. Social science hints that social networks, more than persuasive pastors or even good arguments, explain the phenomenon of choosing a […]

Can an App Foster Altruism in the Local Community?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Two Israeli app creators have claimed to develop the solution to the growing disillusionment with the false pretenses of social media: Angels Nearby. According to the Times of Israel: Among the tools Angels Nearby employs is a search engine that connects people based on the type of help needed (lifts, loans, housing or feeding newcomers […]

Jewish Artist Banned from European Music Fest

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Formerly Orthodox, still Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu was denied the ability to perform at the Rototom Sunsplash music festival in Spain because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood. According to the Times of Israel: Festival organizers were driven by intense pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the reports said. Artists scheduled to […]

By 2030 China Could Have 294.6 Million Christians–Nearly Equaling Population of U.S.!

Monday, August 17th, 2015 - by Tyler O'Neil

Are we seeing China transform from a mission field to a bastion of Christianity? Faith in Jesus Christ has spread like wildfire in the world’s most populous country — and A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China puts this remarkable trend in concrete numbers. Missionary work in the Far East goes […]

Pastor Takes Big Ministries to Task for ‘Watered-Down’ Truth

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

We live in the age of “church growth,” a time when many pastors and church leaders focus on marketing tactics meant to fill pews and stuff coffers. Writing for the Christian Post, Pastor Shane Idleman of Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, California, exhorts his colleagues to rethink their approach to ministry. The truth is often watered-down […]

No, Jesus Does Not Love Unconditionally

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Last week, I wrote about “unconditional love.” I claimed that it was a myth. In truth, love as such cannot occur absent conditions. All emotions are a response to preconceived values, and values are by nature conditional. We love what we love because it is what it is. Reaction to the piece was mixed, as […]

Cecil the Lion: Idol for a Child-Killing Culture

Friday, July 31st, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

We’re better than the people who came before us. That’s the built-in claim embraced by the evolutionary paradigm. We’re more evolved. We’re more developed. We’re more sophisticated. We’re smarter and more capable. We would never suffer atrocities like slavery or human sacrifice. Such horrors are relics of the past, or at least tucked away in […]

Boy Scouts Capitulate on Gay Leaders — Liberals Still Angry

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 - by Tyler O'Neil

In yet another act of conservative capitulation, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted to reverse its policy against openly gay scout leaders last week, with an important exception for church-based troops, who can choose to keep excluding them. Unfortunately, this may alienate the Boy Scouts’ huge conservative constituency, without satisfying the Left. As an Eagle […]

The Meaning of Ramadan to Me: An Enlightened, Modern and Western Sufi Muslim

Friday, July 17th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is a teacher of Islamic law, jurisprudential principles and the prophetic tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley. He has taught at that school since 2007. This week, he decided to write an opinion piece for Patheos about Ramadan, the 30-day fasting period for Muslims, ending in the Sugar Feast. Since I’m […]

A Word of Encouragement to Christians

Sunday, July 12th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Recent events and trends explain why people of faith feel frustrated and even hopeless with the direction of the country. The shifts in our culture, both minuscule and tectonic, have marginalized many faithful Christians. But the truth is, Christians should have less reason than anyone else to feel hopeless and frustrated if they remember Jesus’ words. […]

Are You Ready for a Christian Streaming Service?

Friday, July 10th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

If the name Pure Flix rings a bell, it may be in connection with the Christian production company’s standout commercial hit God Is Not Dead. They also have a film in theaters right now, Faith of Our Fathers. Pure Flix has recently jumped into the streaming entertainment space, creating a Netflix-style service featuring “faith and […]

Christian Pastor: ‘We Have Reached the Limits of Democracy’

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Responding to the recent Supreme Court ruling mandating that marriage licenses in all 50 states be issued to same-sex couples, Christian pastor Jesse Johnson warns that the American church will soon be confronted by persecution. It may not entail the sort of physical danger faced by many believers in other parts of the world. But […]

Christians Don’t Owe Gays That Particular Kind of Apology

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

In his July 3 article for PJ Media Lifestyle, “Christians Owe Gays a Particular Apology,” Christian brother Walter Hudson makes three true and extremely important claims about how American Christians have approached same-sex marriage (SSM) and responded to SCOTUS’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Concurrently he makes several claims with which I cannot agree. In […]

Christians Owe Gays a Particular Apology

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

It’s been a week since the Supreme Court ruled that all states must issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples. The initial social media eruption has simmered down. Regardless of our opinion, we have each had time to digest what has happened and consider how to move forward. As a Christian who looks to the Bible […]

An Open Letter to Pretty Much Everybody About the Marriage Debate

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Dear America (and any of my international friends who may be reading this): Since Friday, I’ve seen many opinions on the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage everywhere in the nation. From the viewpoint of social media, people have never been so divided over any single issue. In the light of these […]

Is Obama Disappointed by the Christian Response in Charleston?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 - by David Forsmark

Barack Obama seems awfully disappointed by how Christians in Charleston have used the Charleston atrocity to glorify God from the pulpit of Emanuel AME Church instead of looking to his Bully Pulpit. I would wager that he said more favorable things about the Brown and Martin families than those courageous relatives of the Charleston 9.  […]

Secular Media Could Not Ignore Charleston’s Powerful Expression of Christianity This Week

Sunday, June 21st, 2015 - by David Forsmark

This year’s Juneteenth would have been the saddest in recent memory, if not for the most remarkable example of Christian witness in this generation. Dylann Storm Roof’s stated aim was to divide the nation, but despite the best efforts of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, he was unable to do so. Largely thanks to the victims’ […]

Golden State Warriors MVP Andre Iguodala: ‘God Has a Way for You — a Purpose for You’

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

  After the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, Warriors star Andre Iguodala was awarded the MVP trophy. During the postgame interview he was asked about his approach to the game. “First of all, God is great. God is great,” Iguodala said. Then he thanked […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth – Part 2

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

From Part 1: Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and a confirmation 10 days later with a polite, “See you in nine months.” Today we’re slammed with monthly, bi-monthly and eventually weekly doctor or midwife appointments, several rounds of bloodwork and ultrasounds, and let’s not forget the bevy of paranoia-inducing […]

Live Like an Immortal

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” That’s what the Apostle Paul suggested we should say if there is no resurrection. If our lives truly flame out after a few short years on Earth, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy the time we have. To this day, the world echoes that sentiment. We […]

The World Where Being an Odd Mom Means Loving Your Kids

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Watching a four year old boy jiggle his mother’s underwear’d-rear end was an odd way to open a TV show. Then again, it was the perfect kind of quirk for Bravo, a network devoted to mocking worship of all that is rich, fake, and wannabe-famous. This, of course, makes the “odd” in Odd Mom Out the […]