Wednesday, November 28, 2012

14 Resources on Forgiveness

This morning on Facebook the Biblical Counseling Coalition posted an entry entitled, "14 Resources on Forgiveness." I encourage you to look over the page here. One of the resources may make a good Christmas present, or a good tool for you as you prepare to deal with family and friends over the holidays. May the Lord of life set us free as we learn to forgive, even as we were forgiven.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Update from Sarah Fergus

Here is an update that we just sent to our church regarding Sarah Fergus who is heading off soon to serve the Lord in Madagascar. If you're interested in helping Sarah, please write me a note and I'll be glad to pass it on to her. One way or the other, please join us in prayer!

Dear Glory of Christ Fellowship,

Thank you for all your prayers in the last few weeks. I have been very encouraged by many of you on Sunday mornings and after visiting several community groups. This church really is a blessing to me as I am being constantly reminded that I am not alone in this. One huge praise is that in the last week I was pledged about half of what I still needed for monthly support!

Reminder of dates:
Dec 13th is when I need financial clearance.
Jan 8th is my planned departure date.

Finance Update:
Total amount still needed per month: $279

6 people at $50 a month
12 people at $25 a month

Please continue to keep this in prayer for the next few weeks. I also have a lot to do in the next month before my hopeful departure date and I would ask for prayer that I would remain at peace about all these things.

In Christ,
Sarah Fergus

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving to the Glory of God

Last night as I set my mind toward Thanksgiving and prayed about how our family could best give thanks to the Lord, Psalm 136 came to mind and focused my heart on God. The first line of the Psalm sets the tone for centering our thanks on the Lord, and the repeated refrain tells us why this is right and good: "for his steadfast love endures forever." Indeed, the Lord is good--truly, deeply, eternally good--and his commitment to keeping his promises will never come to an end. That's what the Hebrew word behind our words "steadfast love" means: God keeps his promises from his heart, and his faithfulness to those promises will never come to an end! 

There are so many things for which to give thanks, and I hope that we will indeed give thanks for them today. But most of those things are fickle, fading, and impermanent. Our thanksgiving will endure so long as the object of our thanksgiving endures, so therefore let us "give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever." 

I pray that you will benefit from meditating on Psalm 136 today: 

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever;

the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever;

the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his steadfast love endures forever;

and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever;

with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever;

and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever;

but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who struck down great kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;

and killed mighty kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;

Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his steadfast love endures forever;

and Og, king of Bashan, for his steadfast love endures forever;

and gave their land as a heritage, for his steadfast love endures forever;

a heritage to Israel his servant, for his steadfast love endures forever.

It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever;

and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever;

he who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever." 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ravi Zacharias on Why Christians Affirm the Bible

Just coming to the end of a 30 minute break this afternoon during which I watched this clip from Ravi Zacharias. There's one point at which I would probably differ with him (the possibility of verbal perfection),  but overall I found this explanation not only accurate but inspiring. It helped me love Jesus more today, and I hope it encourages you as well. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

God Has Provided: Glory Be to His Great Name!

Only eight days ago I wrote about our car situation: our good car is without an engine, and our not so good car lost a lower ball joint and axle while Kim and I were driving the other night. Aside from the details of the situation, I told you that Kim and I were at peace because we knew that God, our gracious Father, would provide in his time and way, and today I want to write briefly and tell you how he did just that. 

First, we continue to be grateful to the Lord for sparing us great injury or worse the other night, because when the ball joint and axle broke we were only going about 25 mph rather than the 60-70 mph I had just been doing on the freeway. Oh praise be to the Lord, he is great and gracious and we're so thankful for his protecting power. 

Second, the night this happened, I wrote our mechanic friend--the one who had replaced my front axles a couple months ago--to tell him about the situation. At that time, I thought our new axle failed, so I asked him what he thought we should do. He lives in Woodbury, MN, about a 45-50 minute drive from our house, but "it just so happened" that he was heading up north the very next day and would be traveling through our city--hmm, almost like God set this up! What grace from a God who controls time, dates, and circumstances! When George looked at the car, he immediately figured out what happened: our lower ball joint had given way which caused the right front tire to come down upon our axle with such force that it snapped the transmission side of it, but praise be to God, it didn't do any damage to the transmission itself! Within two minutes, George said, "Yep, I'll buy this and this, and we'll fix it up in no time." 

Third, after returning from his time up north, George said that he could come over this morning to do the repair, which he did. By the grace of God, he completed the work in about 2.5 hours, after which I took him  to lunch. But when I asked how much I owed him for the parts, gas, and time, he wouldn't let me give him a dime. It was his joy, he told me, to give us this gift and as he walked toward his care to leave he said, "Here's how you can pay me: give all the glory to God," which is when I decided to write this blog post! 

So thanks be to George, and glory be to God! 

Fourth, Kim and I are tight on money right now, but George didn't know that. We had the funds to pay him,  and we would have gladly done it, but it's a great blessing to be able to use those funds for other things. So the point is that our friend met a need without knowing the fullness of what he was doing, while the Lord our God knew exactly what he was doing--he was providing for us according to his great and precious promises! 

So again, thanks be to George, and glory be to God! 

What a joy to live a life of faith in Jesus who loved us and gave himself for us, to trust in our Father, who does all things well, and provides for our needs, in his time and way, according to his riches in Christ Jesus. Honestly, after all these years, I can't imagine living another way. 

So let me encourage you just for a moment: if you have any financial needs right now, I can't promise you that God will give you what you want, but I can promise you that he will give you what you need as you look to him in faith. And what you need may be more than the material things you're seeking, what you need may be the more important things of life like faith, hope, love, patience, perseverance, compassion, etc. So as a fellow traveler in this life, let me  encourage you to fix your eyes on Christ and trust in his promise to provide. 

God has provided: glory be to his great name! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

"The Real Roots of the Emergent Church": A Helpful Resource

Over the last couple of days I watched a video entitled, "The Real Roots of the Emergent Church." This movement has developed since the video was made and thus I'm sure that some of the information is outdated, and yet I think it's overall characterization and assessment of the movement remains valid. I told the church I serve several years ago that I think the left-wing of this movement is the most dangerous threat to Christianity today because (1) it is attacking the fundamentals of the faith from inside of evangelicalism, and consciously so, and (2) several of its key leaders have been embraced and promoted by mainstream evangelical publishers and publications who have either knowingly participated in this spread of this other  gospel or who have naively invited wolves into the pen. 

And I do not hesitate to say that the leaders of the left-wing of this movement are wolves in sheep's clothing: they are teaching another gospel as their own words plainly display. If you have the time, please watch this video carefully, and you'll see what I mean. And as you do, remember to pray for each of these leaders that they would see Jesus for who he is and submit to him on his terms; pray for the church that it would be protected against strong deceptions; pray for your own soul, that you would humble yourself and cling to Jesus as he has revealed himself in Scripture; and pray with faith, for greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. 

Doug Padgitt and Re-Imagination

Doug Padgitt, the pastor of Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis and a leader of the emergent movement, loves to talk about re-imagination: of preaching, of the church, of doctrines, of doctrine in general, of the Bible, of the gospel, of sexuality, of many things or perhaps everything. Over the last couple of days, I have been listening to a number of resources about the emergent church, and remembering the brief time I spent with Doug (and Tony Jones) a few years ago. 

One of the things they shared that day was that, when they were developing the ideological basis of the emergent church, they sat at the feet of the post-modern philosopher Jacques Derrida. Among other things, Derrida is famous for popularizing a literary, and philosophical, method called deconstructionism. In brief, deconstructionism is a method of "un-building" texts, ideas, and presuppositions in order to reconstruct them in various ways. The point of this method is to demonstrate that there cannot be only one meaning of a text, idea, or presupposition, but rather, that there must be an endless variety of meanings. 

The reason for this is that there is nothing outside the system of language that stabilizes the meaning of language: there is no God, there is no "meta-narrative," there is no transcendent authority that holds all things together and calls all things to account. This implies that there is an almost infinite "play," that is, "range of meaning," within words and sentences so that, in the end, the idea of meaning is meaningless, the idea of truth is a lie. 

Now, to be fair, Derrida argued that the opposite of every assertion is contained within that assertion so that the statement "there is no God" implies that there may in fact be a God, and the statement "there is a God" implies that there may in fact be no God. Absurd, I know, but this is what he taught. If you're interested in this subject I would suggest you read Derrida's famous essay entitled, "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences." This brief treatise will not tell you all you need to know about deconstructionism but it will at least give you a taste thereof. 

As for Doug Padgitt and the left-wing of the emergent church (or whatever they're calling themselves these days), they literally built their system of belief and practice on the foundation of Derrida's philosophy. Tony Jones, for instance, insists in most emphatic terms that they are "doing post-foundational theology," that is, they are asserting truth about God in a universe where there is no center, no ground, no foundation, no anchor--only mystery, only free-play, only the invitation to imagine and re-imagine. 

As I have contemplated all of this over the last few years, I've come to the simple conclusion that this whole system of thought, aside from being a rejection of Jesus, is a smoke-screen for the base desire to escape the righteous, and loving, judgment of God. If there is a God, a true and stabilizing center whose speech is final and binding upon all creation, then no man or woman is truly free, in the ultimate sense of the word, but rather must give an account to him who is mercifully sovereign over all things. Indeed, as the Lord says in Hebrews 4:13, "And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account." 

In this light, the following train of thought popped into my mind this evening: re-imagination = deconstruction = the desire to be free from meaning and therefore God = the desire to be God in some measure = idolatry = the worship of a false God = the rejection of the true God = revolt against  the true God = the punishment of death ("the day you eat of it you will surely die" and "the wages of sin is death"). Indeed, "There is a way that seems right to a man [or a group of emergent men and women], but its end is the way to death" (Prov 14:12). 

Those who buy into this nonsensical way of thinking will find themselves in a state of eternal hopelessness from which their "re-imagining" will not allow them to escape (see, e.g., Eph 2:11-12). This is the bad news, but the good news is that God in his mercy has made a way of escape from that hopelessness, namely, Jesus Christ. 

As Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:13-22, "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit." 

These words have true, eternal, stable, unchangeable meaning. And how I pray that we will all lay aside our various smoke-screens and methods of hiding from God, and simply come to him who loves us, who is our peace, who is our reconciliation with God and one another, who is actually willing to dwell in us as we surrender ourselves to him. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ravi Zacharias on Mormonism: Part 2

Some years ago now, the Christian apologist and philosopher, Ravi Zacharias, spoke at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. He took a lot of heat for going there, but I think he was brave and loving for doing so. Where better to proclaim the truth than in those places where it is most needed? The address is long, over an hour in seven videos, but it will be well worth your time to see the case Ravi presents for biblical Christianity and how he makes that case, that is, with what spirit. He is right when he says that dogma void of love is also void of God. So let's listen and learn about the details of the debate as well as the way one can speak truth in love. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ravi Zacharias on Mormonism: Part 1

Ravi Zacharias, a leading Christian philosopher, theologian, and lover of Jesus, has had a lot to say about Christianity and Mormonism over the years. Here is a brief answer to the question, "Are Mormons Christians?" Tomorrow I will post some other helpful resources from Ravi, I would highly recommend that you devour his work as it's some of the best that's out there. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Differences Between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity

Today I want to share with you another excellent video resource on Mormonism by Dr. Ron Rhodes. I was first exposed to Ron's teaching more than 20 years ago, and I have benefited greatly from his work ever since. He is a Christian apologist which means that he has made a life of teaching true Christianity, and defending it against many false religions and cults. He is an expert on Mormonism and has developed several good resources on it through the years. The following video is of a lecture he gave during a conference on Mormonism, and I love it for its tone and content. I highly recommend that you take an hour or so of your time and listen carefully to what Ron has to say. May the Lord grant you insight as you do.

The Gospel and Politics: A Simple Order of Operations

Last Tuesday one of my fellow pastors and I were talking about the relationship between the church and politics, and how Christians should rightly envision the relationship between the two. We didn't come to any revolutionary conclusions but we did agree on the proper order of operations, and we did agree that this order matters very much. Just as it is in mathematics, the algebraic expression "4 x 5 + 2" equals 22 not 28 because the order of operations requires that we perform multiplication before addition. When we get the order of operations wrong, we get the answer wrong, which means that the order is of utmost importance. 

This same principle holds true for the relationship between the church and politics. My fellow pastor expressed the order like this: 

Gospel before government; discipleship before citzenship; transformation before legislation. 

In other words, we who believe in Jesus Christ are first Christians so that we put our hope in the Kingdom of God which is not of this world. Indeed, as Paul said in Philippians 3:20-4:1, "But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved." 

Then, with our hope set firmly in heaven, we are able to be salt and light in the earth without becoming unnecessarily entangled in the affairs of the earth. We are able to preach the gospel, care for the weak and the poor, follow our Lord into a variety of endeavors as he guides us along the way, encourage our fellow believers to vote and otherwise engage in the political realm as the Lord leads them to do so, and rejoice no matter which way the political winds blow because we know that our King is on the throne and that his reign will never come up for a vote--he is the eternal King of kings and Lord of lords, and he will rule forever! 

We acknowledge that this simple equation doesn't automatically solve hosts of problems related to the issue of the church and politics, but we do think that it's a necessary starting point. What do you think? 

Friday, November 09, 2012

Ten Problems with Mormonism

In an effort to expose the truth about Mormonism mainly to the people I serve at Glory of Christ Fellowship, I have decided to write a number of blogs on the subject. I will at times share my own thoughts and research, and at other times suggest good resources by which you, my readers, and the church I serve can search these things out for yourselves.

Today I'd like to share a You Tube video I watched yesterday. It's long, 1:21:15, but well researched and presented. I do not know who the author of the video presentation is, so I cannot endorse him at a personal level, but I can say that his claims are in line with research I myself have done over a period of twenty years. The most important thing is this: listen to the video point by point, take notes, and search these things out for yourselves.

With that, here's the video.  

Our Car Situation is not Good, but God Works all Things Together for Good!

A few months ago the engine on our main car started making knocking noises which, without going into the details, means that we have to change out the engine. Since it's a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and we still owe plenty of money for it, we really have no choice, but the change will cost around $4,000-5,000 which we don't have--not even close. 

Our other car, a 1990 Honda Accord that has 250,000 miles on it, became our "good car." In fact, I joked that I was going to get a bumper sticker that says, "This IS our good car!" Well, now it's not. As I was just about to pull into our driveway last night, the right front axle broke and the car got stuck right in the middle of the road, across both lanes of traffic. Thanks be to God, I had just returned from a trip to the city on which I was doing between 60-70 mph the whole way. I am SO GRATEFUL that the axle didn't break at that time. And furthermore, our insurance covers 100% of the towing cost, which is great and also funny--they literally towed the car for about 20-30 feet! So thank the Lord for no out of pocket expenses, and a good giggle last night. 

Indeed, the overwhelming feeling I have right now, the morning after, is thankfulness to God and a peace in the knowledge that he controls all things, that he was not surprised by any of this, that he has provision in store for our family, and that in a myriad of ways he will work this together for his glory and our good. I believe this because he promised as much in texts like Philippians 4:19, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." And Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for the good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes." 

Built upon these great and precious promises is a wealth of life experience in which Kim and I have seen the Lord honor his Word time and time again. This is without a close second the worst vehicle situation we have ever faced as a family, but it's not the worst the Lord has ever faced, and the difficulty is no match for his grace and ability and willingness to provide. The Lord will provide. 

And praise be to his great name, a family in our church had already been letting us use one of their vehicles so we're not without transportation this morning. There's no need to fret about yesterday or worry about tomorrow, the Lord has provided for our family today and that's good enough for us. I am eager to see how Jesus will glorify his name all the more as we call upon him, lean upon his wisdom, and patiently wait upon his answer. 

May we all keep our eyes on the Source of grace today rather than the content of our problems, for they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31; see also Psalm 50:15). 

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Educate Yourself About Mormonism

Mitt Romney's run for the presidency has brought Mormonism to the forefront of discourse in America, which can be a good thing for evangelical Christians if we're wise about it. In other words, the attention to Mormonism gives us a chance to articulate, in love, why Mormonism is not a branch of Christianity but is in fact a rejection of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I must admit that I've been surprised lately by a number of people in the church I serve who have no idea what Mormons believe and don't understand why we evangelicals deny that they are Christians. This is due to a lack of clear communication and equipping on our part, so over the next several months I plan to blog quite a bit about Mormons, what they believe, why they are not Christians, and how we as evangelicals should relate to them. 

For today, I simply want to recommend a good article by Hank Henegraaff entitled The Basics of Mormonism. You can access the article here. Henegraaff offers a very basic intro to Mormon history and doctrine, and most importantly lists out some of the key doctrines they reject or affirm. Please read this article carefully, and take these things seriously. There is a difference between truth and error, and the Lord himself makes a big deal of this difference. 

Longing to speak the truth in love, 
Pastor Charlie 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Free Seminar this Weekend: The Place of the Word in the Life of the Church

Here's an e-mail I just sent out to our congregation. Note that the Seminar is open to everyone whether or not they attend GCF. 

Dear Glory of Christ, 

This Saturday GCF will host its first "Saturday Seminar" called "The Place of the Word in the Life of the Church." This seminar is based on the first half of my new book, Preach the Word, although you neither have to read nor purchase the book to benefit from this seminar. Rather, the focus will be on why it's important, in fact non-negotiable, to give the Word of God a prominent place in the life of the church, starting with the weekly worship services. I've included the details of this Seminar below. Questions? Feel free to write back!
With hope in Jesus, 
Pastor Charlie 

When? Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Where? The Church Office, 707 Highway 10, Suite 300.

Who Can Attend? The “Saturday Seminar Series” is open to everyone whether or not they attend Glory of Christ (the seminar is not a "commercial" for GCF).

How Much? There is no cost for attending this event, although you will need to bring or purchase lunch. We will also have copies of Preach the Word available for $12.00 or whatever you can afford. 

What Should I Do? Please R.S.V.P. to but if you forget, feel free to show up anyway.

The Schedule:
9:00-9:30      Worship, Devotional, and Prayer
9:30-10:30    Session One: The State of the Word in the Evangelical Church
10:30-10:45  Break
10:45-12:00  Session Two: Key Issues with Felt-Needs Preaching
12:00-12:30  Lunch
12:30-1:30    Session Three: Core Convictions of Expository Preaching
1:30-1:45      Break
1:45-3:00      Session Four: The Place of the Word in the Life of the Church

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Mitt Romney and the Mormons

Kim and I watched a very good documentary this evening on the relationship between Mitt Romney and the Mormon church, as well as the general atmosphere within the Mormon church. It's a little long, 45 minutes, but I think well worth the time. 

Friday, November 02, 2012

Live & Let Live? Ten Reasons Why Redefining Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty

Like most of us, I have received many e-mails over the last week or so with regard to various political issues. One that particularly caught my eye today was from Minnesota for Marriage, the heart of which I have decided to post to my blog today. I don't have the time or the resources to fact check these ten stories, so I invite you to weigh their merits for yourselves, and more importantly the moral and civil issue at hand. 

As for me, I suspect that some of the particulars of these stories are shaped for effect, and yet I think they do paint a fairly accurate picture of what life will be like in Minnesota if the definition of marriage is expanded to include same-sex couples. I am aware that the amendment before us was written to protect traditional marriage rather than to legalize a broader definition of marriage, but if this amendment does not pass I have no doubt that such a broader definition will be a reality in Minnesota in no time. I am deeply concerned about this for a number of reasons, one of which is the broad threat to religious liberty, freedom of speech, and freedom of conscience. 

With this in mind, here is the heart of the piece I received (all of the text below is quoted verbatim from a publication issued by Minnesota for Marriage): 

Live & Let Live? Ten Reasons Why Redefining Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty
Reason #1:
Rob and Robin Wirthlin – A Christian couple asked their child's school superintendent to notify them when the school was going to teach on "same-sex Marriage". The school superintendent said that was "unreasonable". Rob was ultimately detained by the authorities. Rob sued for his right to be notified when homosexuality would be taught to his children. The Judge said, "The school has a duty to normalize same-sex marriage, and is not obligated to notify parents in any way.", and then he promptly dismissed the case. 

Reason #2:
Elaine & Jon Huguenin – Elaine is a Christian who owns a photography business. She refused to photograph the wedding of a same-sex couple. The same-sex couple complained to the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. After only a day long trial, Elaine & her husband were ordered to pay $6,637.00 as a penalty. Later, a NM Court of Appeals upheld the decision. They were fined for standing on their Christian beliefs. 

Reason #3: 
Emmanuel Temple and Lighthouse Outreach Center - These two Christian churches in Hawaii are fighting a State law that will force churches to open their facilities to any one who wants to get married, including Same-Sex couples. This law completely disregards the churches teachings, and beliefs. Yes, that means churches in the state of Hawaii could be forced to accommodate Same-Sex weddings. Based on this law, churches, and Pastors, could be forced to accommodate, and perform, same-sex weddings, even though it violates their personal convictions.

Reason #4: 
Chick Fil A – This restaurant chain is owned by a Christian man who came out in support of traditional marriage. As a result, three Mayors of major U.S. cities came out and stated that they would block Chick Fil A from attempting to open a restaurant in their city. So now, your philosophy and beliefs have to be approved by the Government in order for you to open business? Now, Christians are being blocked from opening businesses because of their biblically based beliefs. 

Reason #5: 
Jennifer Keeton – She is a Christian graduate student at Augusta State University, in Georgia, studying counseling. She was asked how she would respond to homosexuals seeking counseling. She stated she would try to help that person see that homosexuality was wrong. In response, her school made her take “diversity and sensitivity” workshops as part of a remediation plan. Keeton refused to participate. As a result, the school kicked her out of the program. Is this tolerance, and diversity, for all, unless you have a Christian view point? 

Reason #6:  
Jim and Mary O'reilly – They are Christians who own Wildflower Inn in Vermont. They refused to host the wedding of a same-sex couple, because it was against their Christian beliefs. The same-sex couple complained to the Vermont Human Rights Commission, and a lawsuit was filed. A Judge penalized Jim and Mary, by making them pay $10,000 in damages. They subsequently are now forced to accommodate all "couples". Because of this, they have stopped providing wedding services as part of their business. Where is the Human Rights Commission for Christians? 

Reason #7:
Daniel Glowacki –Daniel, a Christian high school student at Howell High, was specifically asked, in front of his class, by his teacher, about his feelings on homosexuality. Daniel responded, that as a Christian, he felt the gay and lesbian lifestyle was wrong. Because of his answer, Daniel was ordered to leave the classroom under threat of suspension. As news of the incident spread, Daniel and his family were vilified as “bigots”. Many in the media referred to Daniel’s religious objections to the homosexual agenda as “hate” speech. The Michigan Education Association, the State Teachers’ Union, supported the teachers actions. National lesbian TV host, Ellen DeGeneres got in on the anti-Glowacki campaign. Daniel even became the subject of a school assembly. 

Reason #8:
Rosemary Centi and Laura Fotusky –These two Christian Town Clerks were forced to resign from their positions in the State of New York. They refused to comply with the New York Marriage Equality Act, which would force them to perform, and participate, in same-sex marriages. Rosemary Centi said, “I have a number of friends whom I adore who are gay, and I respect an individual’s right to live their life however they chose to.”...“So, I would expect the same courtesy.” Rosemary may be expecting too much from this crowd. 

Reason #9: 
Julea Ward - Julea is a Christian graduate student in the counseling program at Eastern Michigan University. She was nearing the end of the program, and had accumulated a 3.91 GPA. Then, she was expelled, because EMU asked her to counsel a client in a manner that would have violated her biblically based faith, and values. Following standard profession practice, she asked her supervising professor whether it would be okay to reassign the client to a different counselor. EMU expelled her from the program for making this simple referral request, and because of her Christian beliefs that motivated it. 

Reason #10: 
Dr Neil Clark Warren – After being a Christian counselor for over 30 years, Dr. Warren formed eHarmony. In 2008, eHarmony was sued by a homosexual man, for not providing services to the homosexual community. In order to settle this lawsuit, eHarmony was forced to open a separate service for homosexuals. In 2010, another lawsuit was filed, forcing them to combine the two services and to pay $500,000.00 to "discriminated" Californians on top of the $1.5 million it has spent defending itself. Christians are losing their ability to manage their own companies