YouTube: “We Will Not Bow” – John MacArthur

“God, and Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, and the church, and truth are the enemies of Satan. And Satan rules the world. He rules the world of sinners. And he has his power in high places. He is the ruler of the kingdom of darkness, and he hates and seeks to destroy all that is light, all that is truth, all that is pure, all that is holy, all that is virtuous, and all that is good.

“I’m saying all of this to let you know that you don’t need to be surprised. I admit, that for a few hundred year America had a very rare reprieve from this normal kind of conflict that most of the world has always known. But that reprieve has come to a screeching halt. And I want to remind you that homosexuality, homosexual marriage, gender transition—these are not the real battlegrounds. The real battle ground is against God, and Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, and the church, and the gospel. Any blasphemy against God comes from God haters, Christ haters, Bible haters, gospel haters. And they are fueled by the arch-hater, Satan himself.”

(John MacArthur, “We Will Not Bow”)

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Notable Quotable: “The Hidden Controversy Behind Duck Dynasty” – Josh Buice

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“Many are amazed that it has taken the liberal left so long to actually call the Duck Dynasty family on the carpet for their views on marriage and sexuality.  Why has it taken so long to pick up on their language?  That being said, I’m asking another question this morning.  Why has it taken so long for the Christian community to pick up on their language of “baptismal regeneration” in their YouTube sermons and religious speaking engagements?  What exactly is the Duck Dynasty gospel?  Why isn’t anyone talking about the evangelistic ministry of the Robertson’s church (White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ) called – “We Care” led by Larry West?  He clearly articulates baptismal regeneration in his video “Step Into The Water, Is Baptism Essential?” which can be accessed directly from the website.  In fact, the mere question of baptismal regeneration and Duck Dynasty in a conversation with Christians today may cause people to turn on you for “picking on” the Robertson family or it may just result in a room full of yawns.

“I agree with much of what Phil Robertson and his family believe regarding politics, the state of our nation, gun rights, hunting rights, and more.  I laugh at their “southern style” jokes.  I watch the show.  I applaud Phil Robertson’s comments on the issues of sexual sin – after all – they originated in the Bible.  However, I must draw the line when it comes to the gospel of Christ.  When I listen to the Robertson family share the gospel I’m constantly frustrated with their language of “believe in Jesus and get in the water.”  The greater controversy to me is not that it has taken so long for America and the LGBT community to pick up on the biblical language of the Robertson family related to sexual sin.  The hidden controversy has yet to be discussed openly.  Why has it taken so long for the church to discern the language of baptismal regeneration that is continually overflowing from the gospel presentations of the Duck Dynasty family. Could it be that the church is using the Duck Dynasty phenomenon in much the same way that A&E has been using them?  We need to be clear on where we stand on human sexuality.  Even more importantly is where we stand on the issue of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

(Josh Buice, “Duck Dynasty – The Hidden Controversy” , Delivered by Grace)

News of Note: “Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty Controversy” (UPDATE: The Atlantic Reveals the Real Conflict Behind Duck Dynasty Controversy; Michael Brown Appears on Piers Morgan)

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1.    Duck Dynasty Controversy

“The Genuine Conflict Being Ignored in the Duck Dynasty Debate” – The Atlantic’s Larry Alex Tauton describes the real conflict being ignored in the Duck Dynasty debate. (The Atlantic)

“Missing in the controversy over A&E’s handling of its golden goose—or duck, rather—is the fact that the real conflict here is not between Robertson and A&E; it is between gay activists and a solid majority of Christians who believe homosexual acts are wrong. Again, Robertson’s views are hardly anomalous. Christians may disagree on the details, but the Bible strongly condemns homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments; the marriage model of one man and one woman is first given by God in Genesis 2 and reiterated by Jesus in Matthew 19; and in Romans 1 the Apostle Paul denounces homosexuality as a hallmark of a degenerate culture. The point here isn’t that you have to believe any of this, but many Christians do believe it and feel morally bound to believe it. Instead of acknowledging this tension, however, A&E, GLAAD, and their supporters have responded with disingenuous expressions of shock and horror. And it matters that it’s disingenuous, because if they actually acknowledged that there is a genuine conflict between orthodox Christianity and homosexual sex (along with several forms of heterosexual sex) they would have to confront head-on the fact that calling for a boycott or pressuring for Robertson’s suspension tells orthodox Christians that their religion is no longer acceptable, and that’s not a very politically correct thing to do. Right now, they are trying to weasel out of it by characterizing Robertson as a backwoods bigot who takes his moral cues from Deliverance rather than from a straightforward reading of the Bible and the historic teachings of the Christian religion.” – Larry Alex Taunton, The Atlantic

“Dr Brown on Piers Morgan with Ben Ferguson and Marc Lamont Hill” (YouTube); Dr. Michael Brown appears in panel discussion on the Piers Morgan Show.

“Paglia: Duck Dynasty uproar ‘utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist’” – Gay atheist Professor Camille Paglia responds to Duck Dynasty controversy. (The Daily Caller)

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.” – Camile Paglia

“The Robertson Family Official Statement” – Robertson family responds to Phil Robertson’s suspension.

“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.”

“Al Mohler CNN Interview on Phil Robertson controversy”

“Duck Dynasty – The Hidden Controversy” – Josh Buice on the controversy behind the Duck Dynasty controversy. (Delivered by Grace)

“I agree with much of what Phil Robertson and his family believe regarding politics, the state of our nation, gun rights, hunting rights, and more.  I laugh at their “southern style” jokes.  I watch the show.  I applaud Phil Robertson’s comments on the issues of sexual sin – after all – they originated in the Bible.  However, I must draw the line when it comes to the gospel of Christ.  When I listen to the Robertson family share the gospel I’m constantly frustrated with their language of “believe in Jesus and get in the water.”  The greater controversy to me is not that it has taken so long for America and the LGBT community to pick up on the biblical language of the Robertson family related to sexual sin.  The hidden controversy has yet to be discussed openly.  Why has it taken so long for the church to discern the language of baptismal regeneration that is continually overflowing from the gospel presentations of the Duck Dynasty family. Could it be that the church is using the Duck Dynasty phenomenon in much the same way that A&E has been using them?  We need to be clear on where we stand on human sexuality.  Even more importantly is where we stand on the issue of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” – Josh Buice

“A&E suspends ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson” – Fox News reports on Duck Dynasty controversy.  (Fox News)

“You Have Been Warned—The “Duck Dynasty” Controversy” – Al Mohler  on what the Duck Dynasty controversy means.  (AlbertMohler.com)

“So the controversy over Duck Dynasty sends a clear signal to anyone who has anything to risk in public life: Say nothing about the sinfulness of homosexual acts or risk sure and certain destruction by the revolutionaries of the new morality. You have been warned.” – Al Mohler

 “Dear A&E, congratulations, you just committed suicide” – Matt Walsh on why A&E’s suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson, may be a bad idea.  (The Matt Walsh Blog)
 
“You made your bed. You decided to stand against free speech, against open expression of ideas, against Christians, against the Bible, against the views of a majority of humanity, against the most profitable show in the history of your network, and against almost all of your viewers. But, hey, at least you put a smile on GLAAD’s face. That must make it all worth it, right?” – Matt Walsh
 
Phil Robertson Gets Suspended – ENews’ report on Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame’s suspension (ENews)
 
 
 
2.  Mark Driscoll
 
“RE:  Mark Driscoll” – Jared Wilson’s plea to Mark Driscoll.  (The Gospel Coalition)
 
“Pastor Mark, if you’re reading this — you are losing us. Forget about the “haters.” We ain’t them. We are the ones who love you, who want to see you succeed and prevail. And we won’t stop, no matter what tribe you’re in or which conference stage you take. But we want you to take responsibility for your actions and your attitude. It does not commend grace. We want you to walk in repentance. We want you to seek the way of Christ in more humility, to drop the image and the posturing, and remind us of what drew us to you in the first place: the fame of Christ’s name, not the protection of your own. What would the truth of the gospel have you do? What would adorn the gospel? What would make Jesus look big? I believe it would be a reversal of the trajectory of pride you have been on. I’m asking you to turn around and show us why we were so drawn to you in the beginning. I’m asking you to show us Jesus. He has become lost in your shadow.” – Jared C. Wilson
 
“Tyndale Releases Results of Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Investigation” –  Tyndale releases its findings on the Mark Driscoll plagiarism controversy. (Christianity Today)
 
 

Notable Quotable: “The Duck Dynasty Controversy” – Al Mohler

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“So, even as most evangelical Christians will likely have concerns about the way Phil Robertson expressed himself in some of his comments and where he made the comments, the fact remains that it is the moral judgment he asserted, not the manner of his assertion, that caused such an uproar. A quick look at the protests from gay activist groups like GLAAD will confirm that judgment. They have protested the words Robertson drew from the Bible and labeled them as “far outside of the mainstream understanding of LGBT people.”

“So the controversy over Duck Dynasty sends a clear signal to anyone who has anything to risk in public life: Say nothing about the sinfulness of homosexual acts or risk sure and certain destruction by the revolutionaries of the new morality. You have been warned.”

(Al Mohler, “You Have Been Warned—The “Duck Dynasty” Controversy”, AlbertMohler.com)

News of Note: “Federal Judge Declares in Opinion that Pastor’s Anti-Gay Sermon is a Crime Against Humanity”

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1. “Fed Judge Declares Anti-Gay Sermon a “Crime Against Humanity” – Massachusetts federal judge states in opinion that pastor’s sermon against homosexuality is a “crime against humanity”.

“A federal judge ruled that a biblically based denunciation of homosexuality was a “crime against humanity.” In his decision in the case of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) v. Lively, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor held that Scott Lively, an evangelical pastor, was “aiding and abetting a crime against humanity” when Lively spoke in Uganda and in America against homosexual behavior. Ponsor wrote in his 79-page opinion that Lively’s message was “analogous to a terrorist designing and manufacturing a bomb in this country, which he then mails to Uganda with the intent that it explode there.” The plaintiff in the case is a consortium of groups based in Kampala, Uganda that fight for “fair and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people” in the East Africa region. Ponsor says that Lively, by publishing tracts and delivering discourses condemning same-sex relationships, was acting as “an upper-level manager or leader of a criminal enterprise.” While in Uganda, Lively praised local pastors working to fight the proliferation of sexual activity between those of the same gender, basing his remarks on his interpretation of the Bible’s condemnation of such behavior. “I’ve never done anything in Uganda except preach the Gospel and speak my opinion about the homosexual issue,” Lively told the New York Times. Reading between the lines, it becomes apparent that the “criminal enterprise” in which Ponsor found Lively engaged was that of believing, preaching, and promoting Judeo-Christian morality in an age that glorifies ungodliness and exalts satisfaction of appetites above the sacrifice of self to the will of God.” – Joe Wolverton II, The New American

2. “Aaron Hernandez: Patriots Tight End Violent Evolution” – Rolling Stone’s feature on former Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez accused of first degree murder. (Rolling Stone)

3. “California Senate Approves Bill Allowing Nurses to Do Abortions” – Senate in California approves bill allowing nurses to do abortions. (Life Site News)

“The abortion lobby says abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, but the California Senate on Monday approved a bill allowing… nurses to do abortions, even though licensed physicians kill and injure women in abortions. “The Senate approved AB 154, a measure that would reduce medical standards that currently require surgical abortions to be performed by a physician and would instead allow first trimester abortions to be performed by physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. The Senate approved AB154 on a mostly party-line, 25-11 vote and now the state Assembly must sign off on the changes the Senate made.” – Steven Ertelt , LifeSite News

4. Todd Friel and Matt Walsh on Robin Thicke and why he is just as culpable as Miley Cyrus

“Forget Miley, what about the “man” on stage with her?” – Todd Friel on why we should also be focusing on the man on stage who was with Miley Cyrus during her MTV VMA performance. (Wretched)

“Dear son, don’t let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you” – Matt Walsh writes an open letter to his son about Robin Thicke and Mily Cyrus. (The Matt Walsh Blog)

5. “Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary” – Al Mohler on Martin Luther King’s sermon at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961. (AlbertMohler.com)

6. “Five Reasons We Don’t Evangelize” – Michael McKinley gives five reasons why Christians don’t evangelize. (9Marks)

News of Note: “Christian Airman Relieved of Duty Due to His Stance on Homosexuality”

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1. Christian Airman relieved of duty by the Airforce

“Christian Air Force Veteran Relieved of Duties for Refusing to Affirm Homosexual ‘Marriage’” – Airman Phillip Monk is relieved of his duties by the Air Force for his Christian beliefs about homosexuality. (Christian News)

“The Liberty Institute, a Christian legal organization in Plano, Texas, is now representing (Airman Phillip) Monk. Attorney Hiram Sasser told reporters that he believes that the military that while homosexuals are coming out of the closet, Christians are getting shoved into the closet. “Are we going to have a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for Christians so we don’t get harassed for our beliefs?” he asked. “Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military. He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.” – Heather Clark, Christian News

“Sergeant dismissed for saying … nothing” – The Baptist Press’ commentary Air Force Sergeant Phillip Monk’s situation. (Baptist Press)

“Airmen Punished for Objecting to Gay Marriage” – Todd Starnes’ column on Air Force punishing Christian airman . (Fox News)

Fox News interview with Airman Phillip Monk and his attorney about the incident:

2. Christian persecution in Egypt

“Egyptian Christians, Copts Endure Horrific Persecution As Violence and Unrest Continue” – Garrett Hayley reports on Christian persecution by radical Islamists in Egypt. (Christian News)

“As violent unrest continues to throw Egypt into chaos, Christians are increasingly finding themselves to be the targets of persecution and abuse. Presently, the greatest threat to Egyptian Christians comes from supporters of Mohamed Morsi—the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president who was ousted last month. According to recent statistics, only 13% of Egypt’s 85 million residents are Christians, while 85% are Muslim. This week, the Maspero Youth Union (MYU)—a Coptic activist organization—have been providing detailed reports of violence committed against Christians and Catholics. On Friday, the group posted a thorough list of the many buildings that have been attacked and terrorized in recent days, saying that some Copts have even been killed while attempting to defend their church buildings.” – Garrett Hayley, Christian News

“‘Horrible’: Christian churches across Egypt stormed, torched” – Christian churches are being burned throughout Egpyt. (CNN)

“Bookshops of the Egyptian Bible Society Burnt and Destroyed” – Muslim Fundamentalists burn and destroy Christian churches and schools in Egypt. (Aquila Report)

3. “Church of England creating ‘pagan church’ to recruit members” – The Telegraph U.K.’s report on the Church of England creating pagan church to bring in new members. (Telegraph U.K.)

“The church is training ministers to create “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre” to attract spiritual believers. Ministers are being trained to create new forms of Anglicanism suitable for people of alternative beliefs as part of a Church of England drive to retain congregation numbers. Reverend Steve Hollinghurst, a researcher and adviser in new religious movements told the BBC: “I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture.” He said it would be “almost to create a pagan church where Christianity was very much in the centre.” The Church Mission Society, which is training ministers to “break new ground”, hopes to see a number of spiritual people align themselves with Christianity.” – Radhika Sanghani, Telegraph U.K.

4. “10 Things I’ve Learned after 26 Years of Marriage” – Ed Stetzer gives ten things he’s learned after twenty six years of marriage. (Christianity Today)

Notable Quotable: “Conservative Christianity, the Church, and the Transgender Question” – Russell Moore

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“As conservative Christians, we do not see transgendered persons as ”freaks” to be despised or ridiculed. We acknowledge that there are some persons who feel alienated from their identities as men or as women. Of course that would be the case in a fallen universe in which all of us are alienated, in some way, from how God created us to be.

“But we don’t believe this alienation can be solved by pretending as though we have Pharaoh-like dominion over our maleness or femaleness. These categories we believe (along with every civilization before us) are about more than just self-construction, and they can’t be eradicated by a change of clothes or chemical tinkering or a surgeon’s knife, much less by an arbitrary announcement in the high school gym.

“The transgender question means that conservative Christian congregations such as mine must teach what’s been handed down to us, that our maleness and femaleness points us to an even deeper reality, to the unity and complementarity of Christ and the church. A rejection of the goodness of those creational realities then is a revolt against God’s lordship, and against the picture of the gospel that God had embedded in the creation.

“But this also means that we will love and be patient with those who feel alienated from their created identities. We must recognize that some in our churches will face a long road of learning what it means to live as God created them to be, as male or female. That sort of long, slow, plodding and sometimes painful obedience is part of what Jesus said would be true of every believer: the bearing of a cross. That cross-bearing reminds us that God doesn’t receive us because of our own effort but because God reconciled us to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.”

(Russell Moore, “Conservative Christianity and the transgender question”, Washington Post)

News of Note: California’s Governor Brown Passes Bill Allowing Transgender Students to Choose Bathrooms or Locker Rooms of Their Choice” (UPDATED: Russell Moore, Rick Pearcey, and The American Spectator’s commentary on Gov. Brown’s new bill)

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1. Governor Brown signs transgender student bill (UPDATED: 08/15)

“Conservative Christianity and the transgender question” – Russell Moore on conservative Christianity, the church, and the transgender question. (Washington Post)

“Our transgendered neighbors will disagree with us, of course, that discipleship means an acceptance of who we are as men and women, and that our selves are not separate from our bodies. We should expect such disagreements. But we believe we can no more surgically alter our gospel than we can surgically alter our gender. All we can do is say what we believe as Christians: that all of us are sinners, and that none of us are freaks. We must conclude that all of us are called to repentance, and part of what repentance means is to receive the gender with which God created us, even when that’s difficult. We must affirm that God loves all persons, and that the gospel is good news for repentant prodigal sons and daughters, even for those who have trouble figuring out which is which.” – Russell Moore, Washington Post

“California Considers Punishing Youth Groups Against Homosexuality as ‘Bathroom Bill’ Becomes Law” – Christian News reports that California legislature is considering passing bill punishing youth groups who are against homosexuality. (Christian News)

“On the same day that the governor of California signed a bill into law mandating that boys who identify as girls be allowed to use girls’ bathrooms and vice versa, a California committee approved legislation which would cause any non-profit organizations that do not embrace homosexuals to lose tax-exempt status. Senate Bill 323 (SB323) was first introduced in mid-February by Ricardo Lara, a Democratic state senator from Los Angeles. Lara is himself an open homosexual, as well as a member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. According to the bill’s introduction, SB323 would “provide that an organization that is a public charity youth organization that discriminates on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation is not exempt from [state taxes]. Later in the legislation, approximately 25 youth organizations are specifically listed as entities that would have to embrace these “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” guidelines, or else lose their tax-exempt standing. Little League, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America, 4-H Clubs, Boys’ Clubs, and Girls’ Clubs are all included.” – Garrett Hayley, Christian News

“No Restroom for the Virtuous” – The American Spectator’s commentary on Governor Brown’s new bill. (The American Spectator)

“Government school children in California may now use whichever restroom they choose and may go out for any boys or girls school athletic team they wish. This legislation was brought about for the care and comfort of what are called transgendered students, whether the transgendering has been surgical or just in the student’s mind. This fits neatly with the Gospel According to the Left, which holds… that sex of the old-fashioned anatomical kind is of no account, that men and women and boys and girls are interchangeable, and there are all manner of niche sexes out there, combinations and permutations to be discovered, appreciated, and catered to. California may be the first state in the nation forced to outlaw personal pronouns, there being too many possibilities for the human mind to grapple with in its progressive precincts. This surreal legislation, no one should be surprised, was written by a Democrat, one Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of — big surprise coming here – San Francisco. (If California is a planet, San Francisco is its brightest and gaudiest ring.) Ammiano, who is gay, insists his legislation will make school life easier for transgendered students. He has so far, however, had little to say about the chaos this will cause the overwhelmingly larger group of students who are comfortable with the sex assigned to them at birth. Carlos Alcala, a spokesman for Ammiano, gave the following world-class understatement to the San Jose Mercury News: “Clearly, there are some parents who are not going to like it.” Ya think? Probably a student or two as well.” – Larry Thornberry, The American Spectator

“Stage Set for Molestations, Privacy Violations in California Schools” – Rick Pearcey on the possible consequences of the new transgender student bill in California. (The Pearcey Report)

“California Gov. Brown signs transgender-student bill” – Governor Brown signs transgender student bill allowing transgender students to pick which bathrooms or locker rooms they want to use. (Fox News)

2. DC mayor disinvites Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin for claiming that he is ex-gay

“D.C. Mayor axes gospel singer from MLK memorial concert because he is an ‘ex-gay’” – Life Site article on Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin being axed by DC mayor for his stance on homosexuality. (Life Site News)

“Why the Gay Agenda Is Attacking Ex-Homosexual Donnie McClurkin” – Janet Boynes explains why Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is being attacked by the gay agenda. (Charisma News)

“Put simply, there is no civil rights struggle for homosexuals. While there is some validity to claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation, it has been blown far out of proportion. I have suffered far more discrimination being a black woman than I ever did for being a butch lesbian. Many claims of homophobia are intended to create a victim mentality within the homosexual community and a belief that homosexuals are being oppressed in society at large. This tactic has played well in media circles and in political arenas and has gained many supporters for the normalization of the homosexual lifestyle and the campaign for same-sex marriage. However, the desire for the legitimization of a lifestyle does not equal a struggle for existence and equal rights. Homosexual rights are not, nor should they be considered, a civil rights struggle.” – Janet Boynes, Charisma News

“DC Mayor Disinvites Famed Gospel Singer From Civil Rights Concert Over Stance on Homosexuality” – DC Mayor disinvites Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin because of his claim that he was delivered from homosexual lifestyle. (Christian News)

“Donnie McClurkin; Banned From MLK Concert, by LGBT Intolerance” (YouTube)

3. Articles from Religious News Service on growing acceptance of homosexuals among Evangelicals and Mormons

“Evangelical ‘Messy Middle’ is more accepting of gays” – Religious News Service article on the evangelical ‘messy middle’ being more accepting of gays. (Religious News Service)

“Writer sees growing gay acceptance among Mormons” – Salt Lake Tribute article from gay Mormon who believes there is a growing acceptance of homosexuals among Mormons. (Religious News Services)

4. “Ten Things Pastors Like Least about Their Jobs” – Thorn Ranier lists ten things pastors like least about their jobs. (ThornRanier)

News of Note: “Airman Facing Punishment for Expressing Religious Views About Homosexuality on Facebook”

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1. “Airman Facing Punishment for Religious Beliefs” – Airmen who is a chaplin’s assistant faces punishment from the Air Force for expressing her religiou views about homosexuality on her Facebook page. (Fox News)

“An Air Force chaplain’s assistant said she was accused of creating a “hostile and antagonistic” environment after she posted a message on her personal Facebook page calling homosexuality a sin. The airman, who asked not to be identified, said her commander ordered her to either remove the Facebook message or face a reduction in rank and pay. “I haven’t taken it down and I won’t take it down,” she told Fox News. “It is frustrating that people are trying to silence me – for something that I believe in. We fight for the freedom that I can’t enjoy right now. That’s not right.” – Todd Starnes, Fox News

2. “How Do You Know When Someone Is Repentant?: 12 Signs” – Twelve signs that show true repentance. (The Gospel Coalition)

3. “Reading for Pastor Development” – Joe Thorn gives a list of books to read for pastor development. (JoeThorn)

4. “The A-Rod Problem” – David Brooks’ New York Times article on Yankees’ superstar Alex Rodriguez’s main problem. . . . himself. (New York Times)

5. “Are You a Part-Time Churchgoer? You May Be Surprised” – Trevin Wax on part-time churchgoers. Are you one? (Kingdom People)