Beautiful Battlefield Blessings!

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Sometimes the rising tide of persecution doesn’t just lap at distant shores. It laps at shores close enough to get our own feet wet. Like it did for me… seven years ago. I was chief executive at the heathcare organization I had co-founded. Like a for-profit business, it provided patients with a vast array of primary and specialized medical care at the highest standards of quality and professionalism. But with a profound difference. The Name and Presence of its real Founder — Jesus Christ. A faith-based, not-for-profit organization serving uninsured, financially-struggling families. Treating the whole person — body, mind, emotions and spirit. Supported by the whole community — physicians and… Read more »

Hot Off The Press!… Out of The Oven?

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Two days ago — late February 5, 2018 — California Superior Judge David R. Lampe handed down a ruling declaring, “A wedding cake is not just a cake in a Free Speech analysis. It is an artistic expression by the person making it that is to be used traditionally as a centerpiece in the celebration of a marriage.” As a result, reported in today’s Washington Post, California’s anti-discrimination law (which applies to many other goods and services) does not apply to this baker. Sound familiar? It is similar to the reasoning of Jack Phillips, the Colorado “cake artist” awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Jack has argued that the free speech… Read more »

Dressing for Success?

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On Monday, we met R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes in Detroit… Their mission — in their words, “highest priority” — is to honor God in all that they do as a company and as individuals. They articulate strong values in nine aspects of business, yet place their ultimate trust for success on Matthew 6:33: “But seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”  http://www.rggrharris.com/about-us/mission-statement. Which served them well… when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in an unprecedented move, sued in 2014. EEOC had adopted a Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) in December 2012. According to EEOC, “the SEP includes ‘coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual… Read more »

Physician – Do No Harm

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On Monday, I shared some interesting research data that illuminates the intersection between physicians and faith. See  http://championsofdestiny.com/whats-up-doc-2/ The study revealed that, although a high percentage of physicians believe in God and attend religious services at least occasionally, 61% say they “try to make sense” of a difficult situation and “decide what to do without relying on God.”   http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/050714/doctorsfaith.shtml What about physicians who fall into the other 39%? Those who do turn to God as they make medical decisions and address dificult cases? A number of physicians in Illinois and Hawaii are finding just how challenging a proposition this can be. In September 2017, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed… Read more »

eHarmony’s Disharmony

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For seven years since eHarmony’s inception, prospective members had accessed the website’s entry portal. Beginning their online quest for a lifelong match by indicating “Man seeking woman” or “Woman seeking man.” Then, in 2007, eHarmony encountered Disharmony. A women in San Mateo County decided to try eHarmony, intrigued by its claim to be able to “deliver matches that have the foundation of compatibility based on a lifetime of joy.” Unfortunately, the entry portal did not give her the option she wanted: “Woman seeking woman.” She complained to the company without satisfaction… and then sued. Accusing eHarmony of violating a California law that prohibits businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation…. Read more »

Broken… But Not Crushed!

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This God-encounter happened to me. Last night, after dinner. Outside of the context Religious Liberty… but strikingly relevant, all the same. We prepared a delicious, home-cooked dinner together. Exhaustion soon caught up with my Honey. As I cleared the table and washed the dishes, he drifted into Slumbersville… right in his chair at the dinner table. That’s when the Heart Prompting came — for me to go put fresh linens on our bed, so after his nap he could slide into bed with ease. I was halfway done when I came around the bed… and my feet got tangled up in the overhanging sheet. I fell with a CRASH. Landing… Read more »

Unlocking Hidden Treasure

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This photo says a lot to me about this New Year of 2018. It says “OPPORTUNITY!” To unlock hidden treasures. To break free from whatever is holding me (and others) back. As a person. As a Christian. As someone I haven’t met yet, who may not know the Lord who loves them… What does it say to you? Maybe it’s an image of the rise of religious persecution in America. A seemingly closed and locked door that, in reality, can become an opportunity to reach people for Christ like never before. Persecution is “hostility or ill treatment because of religious beliefs.”  What people think about a particular religion is key to… Read more »

Would Save You Money, But…

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Certain boundaries are just understood for most restaurant patrons… Amen? Boundaries like “No shoes, no shirt… No service.” I also remember another from years back, allowing the restaurant owner the “right to refuse service to anyone.” Not a license for racial or any other kind of blatant, illegal discrimination. But certainly a license to throw out rowdy drunks or any others exhibiting behavior disruptive to the other customers’ dining experience. However, I never heard a cry of outrage against a restaurant owner offering someone a discount. Now, I’ve heard three. The Tokyo Restaurant in Fairhope, Alabama. Luna’s Friendswood, a Mexican food franchise with six locations in Texas. Aleathea’s Restaurant in… Read more »

NOT For Sale!

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Would it surprise you to learn that some Christian realtors are coming under fire for using Bible verses on their websites and email signatures, and Christian symbolism in their materials? It did me! The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) notes that the Virginia Real Estate Board has repeatedly filed complaints against Christian realtors, accusing them of discrimination for the very actions listed above. The Board did not charge them. There was no evidence that they ever refused their services to anyone. However, the Board claimed that using Bible verses may make others feel excluded and discriminated against. The ACLJ asserts that this is a “classic tactic of the anti-Christian… Read more »

Avoiding a Bitter Pill

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What would you find too hard to swallow? On Monday, I introduced Hobby Lobby — founded and owned by devout Christians who desire to honor the Lord through their marketplace influence (see http://championsofdestiny.com/when-faith-is-far-more-than-a-hobby/). Obamacare passed, imposing a mandate on businesses to include contraception in their employee health care plans. Enter the spectre of Abortion. Hobby Lobby’s owners found their faith challenged. They filed suit, seeking an exemption. The result? Defeat at the lower court.  🙁  Victory on appeal.  🙂  The Government persisted.  🙁  The U.S. Supreme Court took the case (incorporating a separate but similar case involving two other companies with similar religious objections). The core issue?  Whether the Religious Freedom Restoration… Read more »