A Church In Exile

From First Thoughts

Religion, and maybe Ebola, owned the news this week. From the confusion and public relations nightmare at the Vatican over the Synod’s Relatio, to the Caesarism of Annise Parker and the City of Housing subpoenaing sermons from pastors, it’s a been a busy week for the religion beat. Continue Reading »

InterVarsity Christian Ministry in Trouble for Acting Christian

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To protect against discrimination, liberals increasingly seek to discriminate. News broke over the weekend that all twenty-three schools within the California State University system have taken steps to “derecognize” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), a para-church Christian ministry organization that’s had a longstanding presence within university life religious settings. Continue Reading »

The Church is Wrong

From First Thoughts

So charge many of our fellow young Christians, most recently amidst the controversy over Matthew Vines’s God and the Gay Christian, which argues that the Bible and the Church are alike wrong on sexuality. Let us be clear, according to Vines, the tradition and reliability of the Church’s teaching throughout the ages on sexuality are both wrong. Not only are the Scriptures and the historic interpretation wrong, they are both active purveyors of injustice meted out towards homosexuals. Continue Reading »

Calling Out Our Own

From First Thoughts

It’s not often these days that we can note positive developments concerning religious liberty—especially when it comes to same-sex marriage.But something this week is worth noting and applauding. Fifty-eight supporters of same-sex marriage affixed their name to a laudable statement that . . . . Continue Reading »

A Root Beer Summit?

From First Thoughts

A few years back, you may recall a “Beer Summit,” held at the White House, where President Obama served as mediator between a notable college professor from Harvard who was wrongfully arrested by a local police officer due to the suspicion that he may have been involved in burglaries. . . . . Continue Reading »

In Praise of Evangelical Identity

From First Thoughts

Of all the back-and-forth that came from the World Vision imbroglio this week, there’s at least one other reason to be encouraged about their reversing course, aside from their board taking the necessary steps to correct a gravely wrong error.World Vision says something about evangelical . . . . Continue Reading »

Holding the Ropes

From First Thoughts

Before embarking on his missionary journey to India, William Carey famously told Andrew Fuller, “I will go down into the pit, if you will hold the ropes.” Most people remember Carey as one of the fathers of the modern missionary movement. But fewer remember Fuller as the man who organized, . . . . Continue Reading »

Of Consciences and Cakes

From First Thoughts

Political columnist Kirsten Powers has earned the respect of the Evangelical community. The story of her conversion was an unambiguous home run. She’s also responsible for helping raise attention about the atrocity of the Kermit Gosnell case.She’s a sharp, intellectually honest thinker . . . . Continue Reading »