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California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. California now restricts travel to Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Dear Friends,Why be Christian? Out of all the religions and philosophies in the world that vie for the God-sized hole in every human heart, why choose Christianity?For believers, there are a limitless amount of ways to answer this fundamental question, and we should “always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you,” as 1 Peter 3:15 entreats us. But where does one start in this defense? If one were to synthesize the most basic argument for Christ, what would it be?In pondering this question, I was particularly struck by a point that Regis Martin recently made in Crisis. He describes a Christian as “someone who carries within him the adamantine conviction that Another accompanies him every step of the way.” In other words, Christianity is tangibly human and personal because “in showing us the face of Christ, we are thus given a saving glimpse of Someone to whom we may entrust everything, including especially our brokenness and sin.”Martin goes on to quote Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI), who wrote that “the most fundamental feature of faith … [is] its personal character”:Christian faith is more than the option in favor of a spiritual ground to the world; its central formula is not ‘I believe in something,’ but ‘I believe in Thee.’ It is the encounter with the human being Jesus, and in this encounter it experiences the meaning of the world as a person.“…[T]he meaning of the world as a person.” It seems to me that this precisely encapsulates “the hope that is in us.” It captures a lightness of feeling that is almost impossible to put into words; it’s that serene trust that comes with the knowledge that no matter what sufferings we undergo in life, Christ suffered just the same, even to the point of dying for our sins. Because of this, we are and will always remain a child of God that was loved into being and will be loved for all eternity.God, who is one with Christ (John 10:30), is our Heavenly Father and we are his children. For many believers, therefore, the Christian faith beautifully intertwines with our natural experience of growing up under the protection of a loving earthly father. This is why the family must be strengthened, nurtured, and upheld in our society—it is the earthly reflection of God’s heavenly love for us.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesThe 'bigly,' and necessary, humility of Judge Neil Gorsuch – Travis WeberThink Slavery Has Been Eradicated in the 21st Century? You’d Be Wrong. – Travis WeberHopeful Signs of Resurrection in America – Dan HartThe Plight of Jews in Pakistan – Chris GacekGorsuch on International and Foreign Law – Travis WeberChristianity in Iraq Appears Doomed to Extinction – Chris Gacek Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareGOP Calls on Trump to Honor Promise to Defend Religious Liberty – ToddStarnes.comTexas Governor Abbott: Restore Religious Leaders' Right To Endorse Political Campaigns – Hank Berrien, The Daily WireAtheist Group Says It's Unconstitutional for College Football Coach to Tweet About God – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostSupreme Court readies for religious liberty showdown – Evan Wilt, WORLDInternational Religious FreedomExtermination of Christians in Egypt Not Getting Enough Attention – Susan Jones, CNS NewsChina Installing Spy Cameras in Churches – Kim Smith, Conservative TribuneJehovah’s Witnesses banned as “extremists” by Russia – John Burger, AleteiaUSCIRF to Launch Extensive List of People Imprisoned for Their Faith Worldwide – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostReligious Liberty Increasingly Under Threat in India Amid Surge of Hindu Nationalism – James Di Pane and Olivia Enos, The Daily Signal‘Fight for me’ – Mindy Belz, WORLDMilitary Religious Freedom‘I am not ashamed of my faith:’ Air Force officer punished for Christian view of marriage speaks out – Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNews LifeAbortionAbortion and Bodily Autonomy – James Gottry, MediumWhy Can Rivers Be Granted Legal Personhood But Not Human Babies? – Zachary D. Schmoll, The Federalist10 babies born alive after abortions in 2015 – in only 3 states – Carole Novielli, Live Action News40 Days for Life Ends With 437 Babies Saved From Abortion, 1 Abortion Clinic Closed and One Staffer Quit – Shawn Carney, LifeNewsArkansas Bans Sex-Selective Abortions – Brian Fraga, National Catholic RegisterPro-lifers Celebrate Huge Win at UN Commission – Stefano Gennarini, C-FamAdoptionSociety Can Never Make Up For The Husband Single Moms Don’t Have – Rebekah Curtis, The FederalistBishops back bill to let agencies opt out of adoption for same-sex couples – Catholic News ServiceBioethicsCanada harvesting the organs of euthanasia patients – Samantha Gobba, Baptist PressCharlie Gard case: Doctors can withdraw baby's life support – BBCOntario sets up ‘death hotline’ to force doctors to comply with having patients killed – Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNewsRent-a-womb – Mary Jackson, WORLD FamilyEconomics/EducationReligion and Inequality – Eric Metaxas & Roberto Rivera, BreakPointSurveying Sex, Denying Childhood – Carl R. Trueman, First ThingsThe Cancer Eating Away at College Campuses – Walter E. Williams, The Daily SignalMarriageA Gender-Neutral Marriage Is Not the Only Path to Equality – Ashley McGuire, Family StudiesFamily Trees and the Troubling Problem of Absent Fathers – Roland C. Warren, Care NetWhy Would Millennial Men Prefer Stay-at-home Wives? Ethnicity and Choice Feminism – W. Bradford Wilcox, Family StudiesHow a Man Loves a Woman – Ben Stuart, Desiring GodA Child of Divorce Speaks Out on the Importance of a Family – Jim Graves, National Catholic RegisterFaith/Character/Culture“Too many Christians have decided that the world is bad …” – Tom Hoopes, AleteiaLove People Enough to Tell the Truth – Ryan Bomberger, The Christian Post“The Case For Christ” and A Stubbornly Historical Religion – Bp. Robert Barron, Word On FireHuman SexualitySounding the alarm – Sophia Lee, WORLDNew Research on Unmarried Mothers and Family Formation – Naomi Cahn, Family StudiesSurveying Sex, Denying Childhood – Carl R. Trueman, First ThingsBoys Will Keep Winning Girls’ Sports Trophies Until We Are Willing To Re-Assert Sex Distinctions – Joy Pullmann, The FederalistProtecting Women from Sexual Assault Requires Acknowledging the Differences between Men and Women – Ashley McGuire, VerilyHuman TraffickingEyes of the highways: Raising a 'trucker army' for trafficking fight – Eoghan Macguire, CNNPornographyWhat If My Husband Looks at Porn? – Kara Garis, Desiring God12 Ways Pornography Just Doesn’t Show Enough – Dustin Murphy, The Federalist
What a blessing and encouragement it was this past Friday and Saturday to preach at the annual Baptist Men’s Recharge in Andover Kansas. Over 600 men from Kansas and the surrounding states gathered for a time of preaching and fellowship. It was my privilege to preach along with Pastor’s Sam Davison from Southwest Baptist Church [...]
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