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As I write, the television set in this motel room is running the results of last night’s Iowa caucuses. At some point I noticed something about the [male] candidates for nomination for president. All were wearing suits and white shirts and ties. Why?

... At the same time, drop in on the typical church and you may be stunned to see that the fellow who looks like a hitchhiker just in from a day on the highway turns out to be the preacher ... Some in the congregation actually take pride in the sloppiness of the preacher’s attire.

At one point, the call for pastors to “dress down” was well-intentioned, I will grant ... But that trend has run its course in my judgment. In fact, it has flat run in the ditch.

California elementary school students could soon be the targets of progressive sexual indoctrination if new health guidelines are approved.

The guidelines, listed under the California Department of Education’s proposed Health Education Framework, include educational resources that teach children to reject gender stereotypes and embrace a rainbow of possible gender options.

... What about parents who would prefer that their children not be exposed to errant gender ideology? Unfortunately, there would be no opt-out option.

The Democratic Party’s lurch to socialism led to a presidential rebuke at the State of the Union on Tuesday night. From Sen. Bernie Sanders’s call for “Medicare-for-all,” to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal of a “Green New Deal,” to Democratic presidential hopefuls’ hankering for stiff tax hikes, prominent members of the Democratic Party seem unwilling to miss any opportunity to advocate for greater government control of the economy.

Yet as Democrats justify grandiose proposals by decrying income inequality, many of us who immigrated to the United States from socialist countries see great irony. After all, unending income equality is what drove us to leave our native lands in the first place ...

New York’s new law allowing late-term abortion has resulted in the dropping of abortion charges against a man arrested for murdering his pregnant girlfriend ... This amazing woman’s life — and the life of her unborn child — was cut short after they were both stabbed to death in her Queens apartment building, according to Gothamist.

... The Post reports that the abortion charge was dropped because of a new state law that allows abortion up to the minute of birth. Even though Irigoyen wanted her baby, it was not considered a life under the new law. A spokesperson for the District Attorney told the Post the abortion charge “was ...

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is a network of Christian groups with a globalist, open borders agenda that supports amnesty for illegal immigrants and opposes traditionally conservative political ideology. Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) strongly endorses this organization ...

Interestingly, the supposedly conservative Christian association invited arguably the most liberal politician in any American political office today, Nancy Pelosi, to not only talk about immigration, but faith ...

The latest tax on nonprofits has many churches and ministries wondering if it applies to them. Most nonprofit organizations have parking lots, and many churches have reserved parking spaces for the church pastor or first time visitors. Although it’s a small gesture, reserving parking for first time visitors can have a positive impact on a visitor’s experience. However, the latest tax on parking lots may have some churches rethinking its use.

Under the Tax Cuts and Job Act, nonprofit organizations like churches, colleges, hospitals, ministries, and others may be responsible to pay ...

If recent headlines are any indication, it seems that masculinity is destined to be the word of the year. Between shaving commercials, official guidelines from the American Psychological Association, and viral videos depicting “disrespectful” teen boys, the idea of what it means to be a decent man has become rather confused.

This confusion about manhood is true not only for young boys and men asking who they are and how they should behave, but also for young women struggling to discern what type of behavior is acceptable to receive from men and how to fairly evaluate potential mates.

Given this confused state of society, I found it interesting to ...

The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday voted to keep "so help you God" in the oath administered to witnesses testifying before the panel, a day after Republicans denounced an apparent effort to strike the language.

A draft of a new committee rules package obtained exclusively by Fox News this week indicated the committee planned to omit the phrase from the oath "Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?"

The relationship between church members and their pastor is special. Pastors often serve long hours and make themselves available at a moment’s notice in times of need. It is common for members to show honor and recognition to their pastors by giving a love offering.

Many churches and pastors alike fail to understand how to appropriately account for those love offerings. With good intentions, members give a love offering thinking their gift is precisely that— a gift ... But the IRS doesn’t view love offerings in the same way. Two pastors in Minnesota recently learned about taxable income the hard way.

My generation of believers loves the idea of radical Christianity. It’s edgy, compromises everything, it’s dangerously transparent and it’s simple. Phrases like “I just want Jesus” are its slogan—its very breath. Verses are tattooed on our backs, and Greek words are penned into our wrists and biceps. Our sweatshop-free clothes are ripped and dirty. Our coffee is fair-trade. Our books are doctrine-heavy and well-worn. And maybe we’ll even have a drink or a cigar here and there over a deep theological conversation.

... This kind of Christianity is dangerously cool. And that’s the thing…it’s dangerous ...

Andy Stanley and Beto O’Rourke have beckoned us recently to consider an untethered walk through the chasms of darkness that are the contemporary world.

“Participants in the new covenant are not required to obey any of the commandments found in the first part of their Bibles,” Stanley has opined. “Participants in the new covenant are expected to obey the single command Jesus issued as part of his new covenant: as I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

The strong principles that have kept civilization from spinning off into chaos are, according to Andy Stanley, apparently applicable only to ...

Hosted by Houston Baptist University’s Global Center for Mental Healthcare and Ministry, the American Association of Christian Counselors is offering an Opioid Addiction Crisis Specialized Training in Houston, Texas, featuring the United States Department of Health & Human Services Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative on Saturday, February 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Houston Baptist University. This is a must-attend event for Christian ministry leaders, mental health providers, concerned family members, community leaders, and more. The opioid crisis has left no demographic untouched. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that opioids were responsible for around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017.

Attendees will learn how to identify an opioid addiction, support family members, begin and strengthen local programs, and advocate for pain management as an alternative to opioid prescriptions. Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, commented, “The AACC is honored help lead the way with these specialized trainings for counselors, pastors, and more.”

A federal appeals court has vacated a lower court ruling striking down Texas’ plan to defund Planned Parenthood and said that undercover sting videos purporting to unmask illegal practices of the abortion giant and its partners were authentic and not doctored.

A three-judge panel on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down last week a federal judge’s February 2017 ruling barring the Texas Department of Health and Human Services from stripping the nation’s largest abortion provider of millions in Medicaid funding. The panel has sent the case back to U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, who previously shot down Texas’ claim that it stripped Planned Parenthood of state funding in part due to ...

Quick,somebody please remind Democratic Senators, Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono, that they’re members of what’s supposed to be the tolerant party. Based on the bigoted questions they recently posed to a judicial nominee, they may think that Democrats are the heirs of the anti-Catholic Know Nothing party.

Senators Harris and Hirono challenged federal judicial nominee Brian Buescher about his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, an international Catholic charitable organization with nearly 2 million members ...

Senator Harris asked the nominee whether he agreed with the leader of the Knights, who once said that abortion is ...

As multiple bills are filed for the 2019 Texas Legislative session to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) to state discrimination laws, a diverse coalition of pastors are speaking out strongly in opposition.  Texas Pastor Council, a statewide organization of local pastor councils such as Houston Area Pastor Council which led the defeat of a similar ordinance in Houston, are warning legislators and Texas citizens that bills such as ...

In the span of less than 24 hours, CNN inadvertently helped President Donald Trump make his case for funds to build a new barrier at the southern border not once, but twice.

On Thursday, the network’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, posted a video showing viewers how an already-walled section of the border is “crisis-free.” In doing so, he showed how barriers act as a deterrent and facilitate safety and order along the border.

The night before, CNN’s Don Lemon helped ...

President Donald Trump made the case Tuesday night for the $5.7 billion he wants Congress to approve for a wall expanding the physical barrier along the southern border to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. The Daily Signal examined five of the president’s claims in his 10-minute speech from the Oval Office.

1. “All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African-Americans and Hispanic Americans."

... Click to read all five claims!

Five women lawmakers have decided to form the Texas Legislature's first LGBTQ caucus. State Rep. Mary González will serve as the group's chairwoman. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, the El Paso Democrat said she hopes the caucus will advance bills that are "transformative" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans across the state.

"We want to honor the moment," González said, just minutes before her staff planned to file the paperwork making the caucus official. "We want to have an intentional and strategic agenda."

When González was first elected in 2012, she was just ...

If you ask anyone, regardless of their political views, who they would rather have behind bars awaiting trial: Someone who poses a threat to society but can afford to pay their way out of jail, or someone who poses little to no threat to society but can’t afford to get out jail? It’d likely be the former.

Currently in most jurisdictions in Texas, bail determinations generally hinge on the ability to pay for release, not whether someone is a threat to our safety. However, there are validated risk assessment models that can more accurately predict whether someone will fail to appear for court appearances or commit another offense while awaiting trial. These are tools that ...

The recent action by the boards of two organizations that have been nationally visible as representing conservative evangelicals is “The Great Evangelical Sellout” for a number of critical reasons, not the least of which is wrongfully capitulating to one of the most deceptive straw men of modern cultural and politics. The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) are supporting the inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in federal civil rights protections, a patent rejection of biblical truths, moral law and sound constitutional principles.

As reported by World magazine, “(CCCU and NAE) have formally ...

... As one year ends and another begins, one new responsibility that nonprofit and religious leaders must consider is a surprising new tax on their buildings’ parking lots.

This change in policy to levy a tax on nonprofits - including houses of worship - is certainly surprising. According to congressional leaders, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was supposedly passed with the goal of cutting taxes for families and increasing economic opportunities. Yet in one small provision, now Section 512(a)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code, a tax was created on charitable organizations for the cost of ...

For years I have seen and heard Ray Comfort and the Living Waters team going out onto the streets proclaiming the gospel. Often, we see them jeered and mocked as they lovingly answer critics and point to hope in Christ. I watched Ray’s latest movie, “The Fool,” and I was greatly encouraged by how Ray used the way he was mocked for even more ministry zeal.

How do people exhibit so much confidence in what they are doing that their motivation increases when they face opposition and accusation? If you asked Ray, you may find a similar answer to what you might get simply by reading Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth. Paul answers his own critics by

A week ago Monday, my friend Joni Eareckson Tada had surgery to remove a cancerous nodule. This less than three years after being declared cancer-free. I’m thankful to say that the procedure seems to have been a success.

Soon after she received this new diagnosis, Joni wrote me about what it means to “suffer well.” And I thought: If there’s a category of life more alien to the secular, progressive mind, I don’t know what it would be. A dominant message in our culture is that suffering is irredeemable, worthless, and to be avoided at all costs—even at the cost of life itself. That’s the thinking behind doctor-assisted suicide for instance, something Joni has fiercely opposed. Still what continually stuns me, and convicts me, is how Joni ...

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez on Wednesday complained that voters are influenced by what they hear in church on Sundays. Perez claimed that Republicans have an advantage because “people buy” what they hear at church.

“And we all have to make sure that we’re fluent in what’s happening across our ecosystem so we can come to each other’s defense because we need to build a bigger orchestra. They’ve had a big orchestra for some time and they’ve got the megaphones to amplify it, whether it’s Sinclair at the local level or Fox at the national level,” Perez said at an event for Demand Justice, a left-wing political group.

90% of the African American vote in Atlanta went to the Democratic Party. We know that there are many black mega churches in Atlanta. It is impossible that only non-Christians voted last Tuesday. We are left with the inescapable conclusion that born-again and Spirit-filled Christians in large numbers voted for the Democratic Party. That is not racist it is simply a fact.
This is not just true in Atlanta. It is also very true in Houston. For that matter every city in America.
It is no surprise how this happened. It is the pulpit’s fault. Believers are fed ...

Chief Justice John Roberts has been drawn into President Trump's web.

Last week the president criticized the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, calling it "a lawless disgrace." The New York Times writes, "Mr. Trump's remarks came after a federal trial judge ordered the administration to resume accepting asylum claims from migrants no matter where or how they entered the United States." The judge issuing the ruling was Jon S. Tigar, of the United States District Court in San Francisco, whom Trump quickly singled out as an "Obama judge." This prompted a rare pushback from Chief Justice John Roberts, who said in a statement ...

The city of Austin, Texas, is now on the front lines of the culture war between religious freedom and LGBT rights. Early in October, the U.S. Pastor Council (USPC) filed a federal lawsuit challenging city ordinances that say employers cannot refuse to hire people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. According to Austin’s KXAN News, the ordinance the lawsuit is targeting has existed since 1992, although it has been updated in the following years.

The USPC filed the lawsuit on behalf of 25 member churches in the city of Austin, and the council represents over 1,000 member churches across the country. According to the USPC, the city’s ordinances directly contradict Christian beliefs about sexual behavior and therefore ...

The city of Austin, Texas defended the lack of a religious exemption for churches in its new LGBT anti-discrimination law in response to a lawsuit, arguing that the law "reflects our values and culture."

The U.S. Pastor Council, which has over 1,000 member churches across the nation, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 25 member churches who say that a city law prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity restricts their "freedom to hire."

"Any law that purports to regulate church hiring decisions inflicts injury in fact by ..."

Early this month, Saturday Night Live hit a new low in our country’s already abysmal political discourse. Just after the midterm elections, SNL comedian Pete Davidson made the awful decision to mock some of the winners over their appearance ... Davidson cracked an obscene joke about Crenshaw’s eye patch and flippantly described the explosion that caused his injury as “war…or whatever.”

This was a week before Veteran’s Day. If anyone in our outrage climate has a right to be outraged, it’s Lieutenant Commander Crenshaw. Instead, he chose a different reaction ...

It was over for Benjamin Netanyahu.

He’d agreed on an informal truce with Hamas after 500 rockets had been fired at Israel, and his defense minister, the volatile Avigdor Liberman, had resigned in a seething firestorm of anger and recrimination. Two of his more quiescent coalition partners, Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu and Aryeh Deri’s Shas, had concluded that the coalition, now reduced to 61 of the 120 Knesset seats, could no longer function effectively and were calling for elections ... Many politicians might have caved to the seemingly inevitable. Netanyahu did not ...

Chasco Middle School in Port Richey, Florida ... unilaterally decided to sexually integrate the boys’ locker room with no notification to either the boys or their parents. The boys, and shortly thereafter their parents, learned about it when an objectively female student who seeks to pass as a boy humiliated them when she entered the boys’ locker room while they were in their underwear. The boys immediately left the locker room and sought help from two P.E. teachers ...

Liberty Counsel further outlined the outrageous nature of the Chasco administration’s decision ...

Weeks before a denomination-wide resolution takes effect allowing same-sex marriages in any U.S. Episcopal church, a New York bishop has banned such ceremonies in his Albany Diocese. On Saturday, Bishop William Love read an eight-page edict prohibiting such marriages in his jurisdiction, warning that the issue might cause the Episcopal Church’s demise.

Love’s statement is a response to Resolution B012, a directive made by ...

Mega church Pastor Dr. Ed Young called Democrats "some kind of religion that is basically godless" during an impromptu speech at Congressman John Culberson’s election watch party Tuesday night.

... His comments came after Rep. Culberson’s concession speech. Members of the crowd asked Dr. Young to lead a closing prayer. Before doing so, Dr. Young spoke. He told a story about ...

Donald Trump’s new attorney general once said that judges should be Christian and proposed blocking non-religious people from judicial appointments.

Matthew Whitaker, who was made acting attorney general on Wednesday after Trump fired Jeff Sessions, said judges needed a “biblical view of justice” and questioned the judgment of secular lawyers.

Whitaker made the remarks at a conservative forum in April 2014, where he appeared as ...

As always, of course the KHOU 11 story involving Dr. Ed Young’s remarks on election night are just clips of his overall comments and prayer, however even with their typical spin they could not mask the legitimate principles that Dr. Young presented and the issues raised. Because of his courageous and biblical stand ...

The Ohio House floor vote was taken just before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15th. The tally came in 58-35--two votes short of the veto-proof margin needed to protect unborn children from another heartless veto by Governor John Kasich.

But that wasn't the final tally. Minutes later another vote was cast by Democrat Rep. Glenn Holmes, who joined fellow Democrat and pro-life champion Rep. Bill Patmon in voting for Sub. H.B. 258, the Ohio Heartbeat Bill. Until yesterday, Patmon had been ...

As of November 2018, Wish is the #2 shopping app on iPhones.

Unfortunately, Wish’s meteoric rise in the world of retail rests on sex dolls, spycams marketed for filming women nude without their permission, and misogynistic apparel.

Collective Shout, one of our allies in this movement, successfully ran a campaign to remove child-like sex dolls from Wish’s online marketplace. However, many headless sex dolls remain. These dolls are deeply objectifying and dehumanizing of women. It turns the female body into ...

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is suing the Boy Scouts of America for trademark infringement after the organization dropped the word "boy" from its name in an effort to attract girls.

The Boy Scouts changed their name to "Scouts BSA" this year to accommodate girls into the program.

The Girl Scouts argued in their claim filed Tuesday that ...

"This is by far the largest sanction I've ever been a part of or ever heard of being imposed against CPS," said attorney Dennis Slate.

Family Law Judge Mike Schneider says he would have made Child Protective Services pay even more but didn't want to burden taxpayers.

The judge found CPS case worker Levar Jones and his supervisor Niesha Edwards lied in order to ...

Officials say they will prioritize anti-discrimination legislation that would establish widespread equal rights protections for LGBTQ individuals.

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said she would introduce the "Equality Act" as one of her first orders of business.

The act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which already bars discrimination on the bases of race, color, sex, religion, and nationality. The Equality Act would expand ...

The prayers of Christians around the world for Asia Bibi have been answered, but many more are needed for her and for all Pakistani Christians.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. The acquittal was not only a just ruling, it was an incredibly courageous act by the Court. And still, we should be clear that until Asia Bibi is out of the country, she’s not out of danger. Even more ...

Rev. Dave Welch, representing the pastors of HAPC, demands the protection of children by terminating Drag Queen Reading Hour in Houston Public Libraries in a letter to Mayor Sylvester Turner.

In a near Orwellian manner, Amnesty International’s leadership appears to have actively suppressed attempts by local coordinators to amend or overturn the new policy, while promoting “sex worker activists” to speak at local conferences.

Members were then notified via memo that, while not required to agree with the new policy, they “are obligated to not convey a different message in the public arena”. Lieberman, frustrated over the events taking place, took her story to The New York Times ...

Given the past history of Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOB) to simply move into unincorporated Harris County, outside Houston city limits, when restrictive ordinances have been adopted by the city, the likelihood that the owner of KinkySdollS to move his “sex robots” business outside the city seemed very high.

Immediately following the adoption by Houston City Council last week of an ordinance that prohibits the on-site “rental” or “pay to play” of robotic sex dolls, Houston Area Pastor Council reached out to County Commissioner Jack Cagle, Commissioner Jack Morman and County Judge Emmett with a request that ...

A conservative Christian organization has sued the city of Austin in federal court in hopes of overturning a nondiscrimination ordinance that offers employment protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Houston-based U.S. Pastor Council argued that the ordinance is unconstitutional and invalid because it does not include a religious exemption for 25 member churches in Austin that refuse to hire gay or transgender people as employees or clergy.

Spiritually active Christians who hold politically conservative views believe that churches should be more involved in the political process. In particular, they are eager for their pastors to teach them what the Bible says about today’s social and political issues. While most conservative churches have provided some biblical teaching on current issues to congregants, it clearly has not satisfied the appetite of those adults. In fact, a majority of these church-goers said it is extremely or very important for their church to teach them biblical truths related to each of the 22 different issues studied in this research!

However, the survey of pastors revealed that most conservative pastors ...

A generation of Americans has given itself to erroneous and destructive beliefs: anti-biblical thinking; humanism (humans are their own god); secularism (the view that education and civil policy should be conducted without a religious element); and death (abortion). As a result, we are now ruled by the spirit that produced these beliefs. The reality of this was on full display at ...

In response to pressure from Congress and pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has terminated a contract with Advanced Biosciences, a company that procures aborted baby remains from abortion facilities and sells them.

According to a press statement released late yesterday, “HHS is now conducting an audit of all acquisitions involving human fetal tissue to ensure conformity with procurement and human fetal tissue research laws and regulations. In addition, HHS has initiated a comprehensive review of all research involving ...

A mega-pastor of one of the largest “evangelical” churches in the U.S. is attacking the Old Testament again, this time insisting Jesus rendered the Ten Commandments null and void, issuing one new law “as a replacement for everything.”

Andy Stanley, pastor of the 34,000-member North Point Community Church in suburban Atlanta, who famously advised his flock to “unhitch” from the Old Testament in a sermon last spring, has now penned an article promoting his new book saying laws such as “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and “Thou shalt not kill” are no longer relevant to Christians living in the New Covenant era.

At the Sept. 11 Magnolia City Council meeting, Dave Welch, president of the Texas Pastor Council—a group encouraging engagement in social and cultural issues that is representing churches in the city of Magnolia—addressed council members during the public comment portion of the meeting agenda and brought forth a petition to reverse the new utility structure that City Council unanimously approved in April.

The new structure adjusted ...