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Notable Quotable: “Religious Liberty is the Price for Citizenship in the Same Sex Marriage Debate” – Al Mohler

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“Compromise, Justice Bosson argues, “is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the moving parts of us as a people.” That compromise, Justice Bosson wrote, is just a fact of American life: “In short, I would say to the Huguenins, with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.”

“So the price of citizenship is the denial of religious liberty when the Christian convictions of this couple run into a head-on collision with the “contrasting values” of others. This is a “compromise” that requires the Huguenins to give up their convictions or go out of business. What does the “compromise” require of those who push for the normalization of same-sex relationships and the legalization of same-sex marriage? Nothing.

“Some compromise.

“The same-sex couple in this case did not contest the fact that there were many other professional photographers available to them. Indeed, they hired another photographer after Elane Photography declined. But they still pressed for the force of law to require all commercial photographers to provide services for same-sex ceremonies. And they got what they demanded.

“That is the true nature of the “compromise” that Justice Bosson argues is “the price of citizenship.” His language about the Huguenins and their plight is moving and respectful, almost an elegy. But the decision itself is a denial of religious liberty and the constitutional guarantees of religious expression and free speech.

“Justice Bosson asserts that “there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.” The New Mexico Supreme Court has now made clear that the price to be paid by many is the forfeiture of their religious liberty.”

(Al Mohler, “It is the Price of Citizenship”?—An Elegy for Religious Liberty in America , AlbertMohler.com)

News of Note: “Gay Couple Files Lawsuit Against Kentucky for Marriage Discrimination”

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1. “Kentucky Sued in Federal Court in Effort to Force State to Recognize Homosexual ‘Marriages’” – Gay couple files lawsuit against state of Kentucky for marriage discrimination. (Christian News)

“Two homosexual men from Kentucky have filed suit in an effort to challenge the state’s current ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed both out of state and out of the country. Attorneys for Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon, both 55, filed the legal challenge on Friday in federal court, contending that Kentucky’s statute violates the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.” – Heather Clark, Christian News

2. “The First Step of Leadership” – John MacArthur on the roles of men and women in the church, and the first steps of leadership. (Grace To You)

3. “‘Ex-gay is OK’” – Former homosexuals demand recognition and equal rights in Washington D.C. (World Magazine)

4. “10 Surprising Reasons Our Kids LEAVE Church” – Marc Yoder gives ten reasons why Christian kids are leaving church. (Church Leaders)

5. “Adoption’s quiet secret” – What is adoption’s quiet secret? Wretched’s Todd Friel gives us the answer. (YouTube)

News of Note: “Gay Couple Believes That British Gay Marriage Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough. Plans To Sue British Churches Who Refuse to Host Gay Weddings” (UPDATED: Gay Couple Is Planning to Sue Churches Because They Claim To Be Christians)

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1. Gay couple plans to sue British churches who refuse gay weddings (UPDATED: 8/2)

“Gay dads set to sue over church same-sex marriage opt-out” – The Essex Chronicle reports that gay couple planning to sue churches over gay marriage op-out are Christians. (The Essex Chronicle)

“We are happy for gay marriage to be recognised – in that sense it is a big step. But it is actually a small step because it is something we still cannot actually do. “We need to convince the church that it is the right thing for our community for them to recognise as practising Christians. “I am a Christian – a practising Christian – my children have all been brought up as Christians and are part of the local parish church in Danbury. “I want to go into my church and marry my husband. “If I was a Sikh I could get married at the Gurdwara, liberal Jews can marry in the Synagogue – just not the Christians. “It upsets me because I want it so much – a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away. “As much as people are saying this is a good thing I am still not getting what I want.” – Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, The Essex Chronicle

“Let’s Just Sue Them Into Submission” – Bill Muehlenberg’s post on gay couple’s plan to sue British churches over gay marriage opt-out. (Culture Watch)

“Gay couple to sue church over gay marriage opt-out” – Gay couple plans to sue British churches who refuse to host gay weddings. (The Christian Institute)

“Wealthy gay dad, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, says he and his civil partner Tony will go to court to force churches to host gay weddings. He told the Essex Chronicle that he will take legal action because “I am still not getting what I want”. A Government Bill legalising gay marriage passed Parliament recently but it included measures to protect churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings. Mr Drewitt-Barlow said: “The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church. “It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognise us.” He added: “It upsets me because I want it so much – a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away. “As much as people are saying this is a good thing I am still not getting what I want.” – The Christian Institute

2. “A Key Sign that You Are Maturing as a Preacher” – Michael J. Kruger gives a key sign to show that you are maturing as a preacher. (canon fodder)

3. “Why Millennials Are Coming to Church” – Joe Thorn interviews two couples attending his church to find out the reasons why they are coming to church. (JoeThorn)

“In my experience the millennials who have found a home at Redeemer are not interested in a Sunday spectacle, but a church. They want truth, even when it’s hard. They want to know and be known by others, even when it’s hard. They want the care and protection the church offers her people, and they want to contribute. We definitely aren’t the cool church in town. Our building is busted. Our worship space is puritan-plain. We are Southern Baptist (definitely not cool up here), complementation, Reformed. There is a lot about is that is uncool in many ways–at least to many outsiders. But Jesus is here, and his people are amazing.” – Joe Thorn

4. “Walking The Line Between Westboro Baptist and Rob Bell” – Stephen Altrogge gives some helpful suggestions on how to present the Gospel to different people. (The Blazing Center)

5. “Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say” – Article in Journal of Medical Ethics affiliated with Oxford states that ‘. . newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born.’ – Telegraph U.K. (Telegraph U.K.)

News of Note: “Queen of England Approves Gay Marriage Bill”

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1.  “Churches and gay rights activist alike mark ‘watershed’ moment as gay marriage is legalised”  –  Queen gives royal assent to gay marriage bill.  Gay marriage ceremonies to start next spring.  (Telegraph U.K.)

“The Queen, who is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, gave her formal approval to the Bill – one of the most radical pieces of social legislation of her reign – this afternoon. But it marks the end of the centuries-old understanding of marriage as being solely between a man and a woman in the UK.”  – Rowena Mason, and John Bingham, Telegraph U.K.

2. “On Spiraling into Chaos – Doug Wilson’s commentary on the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial.  (Blog and Mablog)
 
3. “Kirsten Powers: How a Liberal Democrat and Former Atheist Came to Know Jesus Christ as her Savior” – Former Liberal Democrat and Atheist Kristen Powers’ Christian testimony.  (The Young Cons)

4. They Excommunicated My Dad! –  What a Christian son learned from his father being excommuniated from the church  (9Marks)

“Years have now passed, and today I can tell you that the church made the right decision. I can also tell you some ways God used the decision for good.  Through my dad’s discipline, my local church protected Christ’s name for its members and the watching world.  Through my dad’s discipline, God drew most of my family members closer to himself.  Through my dad’s discipline, my desire to pastor a local church continues to grow.” –  Isaac Adams, “They Excommunicated My Dad”

Notable Quotable: “The Real Problem With Gay Marriage – Restriction of Religious Liberty” – Ben Domenech

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“The problem with gay marriage is not about gay people getting married – they’ve already been doing that, or living that way. The problem with gay marriage is not that it will redefine marriage into a less valuable social institution in the eyes of the populace – that is already happening, has been for decades, and will continue regardless of whether gays are added to it or not. And the problem with gay marriage is not about the slippery slope of what comes next – though yes, the legal battle over polyamory and polygamy is inevitably coming, as the principle of marriage equality demands it does (these relationships already exist below the radar, albeit with more poly than amory involved – of the 500 gay couples followed in the respected San Francisco study, about half of the partners have sex with someone else with their partner knowing).

“No, the real problem with gay marriage is that the nature of the marriage union is inherently entwined in the future of the first line of the Bill of Rights: our right to religious liberty. Orthodox believers of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths were slow to understand this. I’m talking about something much bigger here than the discrimination lawsuits brought across the country against bakers and photographers: I’m talking about whether churches will be able to function as public entities in an era where their views on sin, particularly sexual sin, are in direct conflict with not just opinion but the law – and proselytizing those views from the pulpit or in the public square will be viewed as using the protection of religious expression to protect hateful speech.”

(Ben Domenech, “The Future of Religious Liberty”, ricochet)

News of Note: The Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA; Same Sex Marriage Legal in California (UPDATED: Al Mohler, Jesse Johnson, and Peter Jones’ Commentaries; Rod Dreher on Justice Anthony Scalia’s Dissenting Opinion; Polygamists Celebrate Gay Marriage Decision)

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1. Decisions by U.S. Supreme Court on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 (UPDATED: June 27)

“Pastors Hesitant to Comment on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling” – Most Evangelical Pastors are hesitant to comment about Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. (Christian Post)

“Public reaction from pastors to the United States Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 was sparse and came slowly on Wednesday and did not include as many opinions as seen in the rapid-fire response by the general conservative Christian population.” – Alex Murashko, Christian Post

“Scotus Scotches the Scriptures.” – Dr. Peter Jones on the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Christian church. (truthxchange)

“This action by the Supreme Court will create major divisions with the Body of Christ. The cracks have appeared but now they will becomes canyons. Some churches will be silent on the whole issue of sexual sin. Some will even justify homosexuality as a “good” thing. Others will seek to follow the clear teaching of Scripture and say what Paul said as he wrote to gay Rome: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed…” (Rom 1:16-17) – Peter Jones

“Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage Rulings” (Christian Post)

“While some same-sex marriage advocates have attempted to distance themselves from polygamists by saying the “slippery slope” argument is a myth, others have abandoned all pretense. Slate writer Jillian Keenan argued in her article “Legalize Polygamy!” that the practice is “no better or worse than homosexual marriage.” “Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist and sex-positive choice,” she wrote.” – Daniel Distant, Christian Post

“Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage Rulings” (Buzz Feed)

“Anne Wilde, a vocal advocate for polygamist rights who practiced the lifestyle herself until her husband died in 2003, praised the court’s decision as a sign that society’s stringent attachment to traditional “family values” is evolving. “I was very glad… The nuclear family, with a dad and a mom and two or three kids, is not the majority anymore,” said Wilde. “Now it’s grandparents taking care of kids, single parents, gay parents. I think people are more and more understanding that as consenting adults, we should be able to raise a family however we choose.” “We’re very happy with it,” said Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist who has three wives. “I think [the court] has taken a step in correcting some inequality, and that’s certainly something that’s going to trickle down and impact us.” – McKay Coppins, Buzz Feed

“Christian Groups React to Supreme Court’s Ruling in Favor of Homosexual ‘Marriage’” – Christian News reports Christian groups reaction to Supreme Court decisions. (Christian News)

“Michael Marcavage of the Philadelphia-based evangelistic ministry Repent America called the ruling “an act of high treason against the holy, Most High God.” “The reason why Christians fought to oppose attempts to redefine the Biblical institution of marriage is because we love God and our neighbor,” he said. “We love children and don’t want them to be raised in a nation that teaches them that it is permissible to live however one pleases. If God is not the standard of absolute truth, then who is?” “Romans 13 declares that those in civil government are to be ministers of God for good, not evil,” Marcavage continued. “Despite the court’s ruling, it is not — and never will be — a marriage before God, but only a mirage.” – Heather Clark, Christian News

“Where the Prop 8 ruling leaves us:” – Jesse Johnson on the Supreme Court’s decision on California’s Proposition 8, and the failure of the legal system. (The Cripplegate)

“2 lies behind the Prop 8 challenge” – (The Cripplegate)

“Waiting for the Other Shoe” — The Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage – Al Mohler’s commentary on the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. (AlbertMohler.com)

“How Should Same-Sex Marriage Change the Church’s Witness?” – How the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage should change the church is our gospel witness and our marriage witness to the world. (Moore to the Point)

“Scalia: ‘Open Season On Marriage Traditionalists’” – Rod Dreher comments on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia’s dissenting opinion on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down DOMA, and to uphold the California Supreme Court’s decision on Proposition 8. (The American Conservative)

“A sweeping decision in the DOMA case” – Denny Burk on the DOMA and Proposition 8 rulings by the Supreme Court. (DennyBurk.com)

“9 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Cases” – Joe Carter on 9 things we should know about the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and gay marriage. (The Gospel Coalition)

“In Landmark Ruling, Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act” (Time Magazine)

“In a landmark 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by bipartisan majorities and signed by President Bill Clinton, is an unconstitutional violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

“In a separate 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, ruling that those appealing to uphold the ban known as “Proposition 8″ did not have legal standing. The Court’s technical ruling — that outside appellants don’t have standing to defend a law if the state declines to defend it — is narrowly tailored and avoids a ruling on the constitutionality of all same-sex-marriage bans.”

“The Heart of the Issue on Legal Gay Marriage” – Denny Burk on Ben Domenech’s article “The Future of Religious Liberty”. (DennyBurk.com)

2. “Surge in ‘digital dementia” – South Korean doctors are warning of the affects of digital dementia in young people as a result of overuse of smartphones and computers. (Telegraph U.K.)

3. “Nature Deficit Disorder — Is Your Child at Risk?” – Al Mohler reposts a 2005 article on children who no longer have a connection with the outdoors and nature due to the digital age. (AlbertMohler.com)

News of Note: “How Will the Supreme Court Rule on Gay Marriage”

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1. Two articles from Denny Burk on the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage and the closing of Exodus International

“How will the Supreme Court rule on gay marriage?” Denny Burk comments on the New York Times’ infographic (How the Court Could Rule on Same-Sex Marriage)
on how will the U.S. Supreme Court may rule on the gay marriage issue- (DennyBurk.com)

“Wesley Hill comments on the end of Exodus International” – Denny Burk’s post on Wesley Hill’s First Things article (“After Exodus, What?”) on reparative therapy for homosexuals and the end of Exodus International. (DennyBurk.com)

2. “The Southern Baptist Convention on Mental Illness and the Sufficiency of Scripture” – SBC’s new resolution on mental illness and the sufficiency of Scripture. (Grace and Truth)

3. “9 Things You Should Know About the Bible” – 9 things you should know about the Bible. (The Gospel Coalition)

4. “Why Seminary? Exhibit A: Joel Osteen” – Clint Archer gives one reason why potential pastors should attend seminary: Joel Osteen. (The Cripplegate)

News of Note: Tabletalk Interview With Rev. Abdul Saleeb About Islam and Reaching Muslims for Christ

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1. “Reaching Muslims with the Gospel of God: An Interview with Abdul Saleeb” – Table Talk interviews Rev. Abdul Saleeb about Islam, the complexities of Islam, and reaching Muslims for Christ. (Ligonier Ministries)

2. “Barack Obama: The Ghost of Columbia University” – Former classmate of Barack Obama at Columbia University claims that he and other classmates of the same graduating class never saw Obama attend classes at the university. (The Blaze)

3. “My Apology to Mormon Readers” – Mormon reader wants Mike Adams to apologize for calling Mormons non-Christian. (Townhall.com)

“I am sorry that so many of my Mormon readers have brazenly accused me of ignorance of their religion and suggested that I read the Book of Mormon. I am sorry that they were unaware that I read the Book of Mormon back in 2006. I am sorry that the science of genetics has refuted claims made in the Book of Mormon concerning the relationship between Native Americans and Semitic people. These refutations undermine the entire historical premise of the Book of Mormon. I am also sorry that while archeological discovery supports the claims of the Bible it clearly does not support the claims of the Book of Mormon. Battles that were supposed to have occurred in specific locations in North America simply never took place. The archeological evidence just isn’t there. I am sorry about the plagiarism of the Holy Bible that runs through the Book of Mormon. I am sorry that Mormons cannot see that Joseph Smith’s refusal to reveal the golden tablets is strong evidence of their nonexistence. The heavy plagiarism in the Book of Mormon puts the lie to the rest of the story of Smith, the former seeker of the lost treasures of Captain Kidd.” – Mike Adams, “My Apology to Mormon Readers”

4. “The Toughest Conversation I’m Glad I Had” – Garrett Kell recalls the difficulty sharing the Gospel with a family member. (The Gospel Coalition)

5. “What is A Sermon” – Southern Seminary answers “What is a sermon?” on this video presentation promoting this years The Expositor’s Summmit featuring Al Mohler, H.B. Charles, and Alistair Begg. (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

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