2018’s Hottest T-Shirt Contest?

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The Kentucky Supreme Court could rule on this case any day. Does anyone care? Hands On Originals, founded in 1985, is a t-shirt printing company in Lexington, Kentucky. Blaine Adamson, a key designer, became owner/partner in 2008. The company was bleeding red, over $500,000 in debt. Blaine cried out to God one sleepless December night. He’d done everything he could. Tried every marketing strategy he knew. Without God’s help, the company would fold. On January 1, they were hit with orders. Had one of their best years ever. Business continued to boom. It was like God had turned on His faucet. In December 2011, Blaine paid off all of the company’s… Read more »

Color Me… What???

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Lawsuits take many years to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Few are even considered by the highest court in the land. Most parties who prevail in such lawsuits are able to finally breathe a sigh of relief. Or so you would think. Not Jack Phillips. As owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, he had declined to use his artistry to create a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission attempted to force him to do so. After six long years of litigation, in a 7-2 ruling on June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court overturned the Commission’s ruling against Phillips. Concluding it was neither tolerant nor respectful of Phillips’ religious… Read more »

Don’t Play With Fire!

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We all remember one or both of our parents exhorting us with this urgent warning. “Don’t play with fire!” We may not have always heeded it… but we certainly heard it. Amen? Why the warning? Because of the expected consequence. If you play with fire, you’re likely to get burned. Kelvin Cochran took this warning to heart. He took fire so seriously, he decided at the age of five that he wanted to grow up to be a firefighter. Kelvin was born into extreme poverty in Shreveport, Louisiana. That’s where he… First became a firefighter. Worked his way up through the ranks. Became Fire Chief in 1999. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvin_J._Cochran It wasn’t… Read more »

Nothing Fake About This News

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Breaking News… The most intense persecution of independent faith groups in decades… Religious freedom… has… reached the worst level… seen since the… 1960s… https://www.christianpost.com/news/china-trying-to-rewrite-the-bible-force-churches-sing-communist-anthems-227664/ The… government’s new regulations restricting religious freedom… revealed that the plan has taken persecution of Christians … to a whole new level – as the revised mandate works to actively guide religion to adapt to socialist society… Religious … sites will be forced by … new regulations to accept the guidance, supervision and inspection of relevant departments of the … government regarding the management of personnel, finances, assets, accounting, security, fire protection, protection of relics, health and disease prevent[ion]…  The plan proposes cultivating and implementing… socialist… Read more »

Ready… Aim… CARE!

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This post about Kingdom Persecution is not technically about Christian business owners. It is about CEO’s of another sort — police chiefs, sheriffs, fire chiefs and their departments. And it’s about their growing interest in a service Christian business owners have long revered: Corporate (or in this case, law enforcement) chaplains. A growing number are investing in professional chaplain services to assist first responders on the beat and on the street. To help the responders and victims of crime / trauma. Corporate chaplaincy, as part of an Employee Assistance Program, yields numerous tangible and intangible benefits: Greater morale. Stronger teamwork. Increased productivity. Greater awareness of ethics in the workplace limiting theft, waste,… Read more »

Too Soon For A White Flag… ??? !!!

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Rod Dreher — in his book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation — wrote: “Post-Obergefell, Christians who hold to… biblical teaching about sex and marriage have the same status in culture, and increasingly in law, as racists. The culture war that began with the Sexual Revolution in the 1960s has now ended in defeat for Christian conservatives… Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI foretells a world in which the church will live in small circles of committed believers who live the faith intensely, and who will have to be somewhat cut off from mainstream society for the sake of holding on to the truth.” (Kindle edition, pp. 3,4)… Read more »

Does Shouting = Solving?

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Part of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has been challenged by Christian business owners. In particular, those seeking an exemption from what has been called the Abortion Pill Mandate. The Mandate requires businesses to provide employees with health coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs. Whether or not the business owners have a faith-based objection. But the highest court in the land – the U.S. Supreme Court – ruled in favor of closely-held businesses whose Christian owners have religious objections to this provision. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burwell_v._Hobby_Lobby_Stores,_Inc. Leading the victors to shout for joy! But a different kind of shout emerged recently from one highly-successful business owner. Who exercised her vast influence in support of abortion. Oprah… Read more »

A Thorn By Any Other Name

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I have written about religious liberty cases in which the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has been lead counsel. Imagine my surprise when I came across two organizations that consider ADF not only a thorn in their side, but also… … a hate group. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”   https://www.splcenter.org/  Their website features… … a Hate Map designating “954 Hate Groups operating in the United States.” (https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map) … a Hatewatch blog “monitoring and exposing the activities of the American radical right.”   https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch SPLC defines hate group as “an organization that – based on its official… Read more »

Double Trouble: Nothing Sweet About It

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What a difference one day makes. For this Christian business owner, it happened — again — the same day he got good news. The good news in June 2017? The U.S. Supreme Court had agreed to consider his case. He didn’t yet know the outcome. It was simply good news that the highest court of the land had deemed the questions in his case worthy of the highest consideration. Good news later became Great News. One year later, in June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor. The man is Jack Phillips. And in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 fhat the government had… Read more »

Money Talks. But What Does It Say?

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Many of the confrontations over religious liberty in our day center around LGBTQ issues. More specifically, whether or not Christian business owners can be forced to provide services for events that violate their deeply-held religious beliefs — i.e., same-sex marriage and gender transition, to name two. Such confrontations have manifested in both the judicial and legislative branches of government. And they carry a high price tag. Religious liberty lawfirms like First Liberty Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Center for Law and Justice, and the Thomas More Society rely on charitable donations in order to provide their services on a pro bono (free) basis to their clients. Last night, I came… Read more »