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Religious Liberty

If you haven’t read Michael Gerson’s Washington Post opinion piece in which he lists a few terrible examples of recent, intensifying persecution of Christians in some nations where followers of Jesus are in the minority, I recommend you do so. In light of the command of Hebrews 13:3 that Christians remember their fellow believers who are […] Read More

In the book “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” C.S. Lewis takes us to the land of Narnia. When it is living under the authority of the White Witch, it is “always winter, never Christmas.” There are people living today who are living in a kind of winter because Christmas never comes to them. […] Read More

A few weeks ago, I had driven a woman and her children to my church service. She had escaped to Lebanon from a North African country following persecution. She had come to faith in Jesus Christ and became a Christian, but her family could not accept this. On the way to church, she explained to […] Read More

Called Alongside

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost II Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 November 10, 2013 Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; Luke 20:20-38 Did you have any trouble getting to church this morning? It was simple: I got in my car and drove myself over just like […] Read More

When sessions of a legislature or court, at whatever level of government, open with prayer, what is really going on? To be clear, I’m a Baptist Christian and, therefore, oppose all public prayer in political settings universally. I’m also a proud citizen in a democracy in which the government, by definition, must not impose religion […] Read More

A school calendar prepared by the general superintendent of schools of the province of Mendoza, Argentina, was denounced last July by Argentine Baptist Association (ABA) as a clear act of discrimination and a lack of respect for the freedom of conscience of non-Catholic students. The superintendent’s calendar stated that “with the participation of the whole […] Read More

I am the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, seeking to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Jim Huff, executive secretary of the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is also a plaintiff.  Last year, I filed a complaint […] Read More

Islamists have burned churches and attacked Christians in Egypt in recent days, alarming Christians worldwide. Buddhist hard-liners have targeted the minority religious communities of Christians and Muslims in Sri Lanka, alleging that they have engaged in efforts at conversion. BBC News reported that in recent weeks Buddhist groups threw rocks at Muslims during their evening […] Read More

Sociologist Rodney Stark’s article in the Wall Street Journal, “The Myth of Unreligious America,” is his well-stated rejoinder to other sociologists, demographers and religious leaders who imply that the “game is all over” for religion and religious believers in America today. He does not deny that there has been a decline in most forms of […] Read More

The Cyrus Cylinder, one of the ancient world’s most iconic objects, went on display March 9 at the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., where it sits at the heart of a small but priceless exhibition that seeks to inspire people to learn from the past for the sake of a better future. Julian […] Read More