Archive for: 2017

Pregnancy center case is Supreme Court's third forced-speech case this term

Pregnancy center case is Supreme Court's third forced-speech case this term

In its third case on the issue of state-required speech this term, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a California case involving whether the state can compel pro-life pregnancy counseling centers to post notices about the existence of publicly-funded abortion and contraceptive services, and requires disclosures if the centers or personnel are unlicensed.

 
 

Canada's high court to decide whether courts can hear church membership cases

Canada's high court to decide whether courts can hear church membership cases

Last week the Canadian Supreme Court heard arguments over whether civil courts can review churches' internal membership decisions.

 
 

Eric Youngberg: Luther Was Willing to Pay Ultimate Price for His Beliefs

Eric Youngberg: Luther Was Willing to Pay Ultimate Price for His Beliefs

John 15:13 comes to mind when I contemplate the courage that Martin Luther exhibited the day he nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door.  It reads, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Martin’s personal freedom of conscience was directly tied to helping others understand and obtain Biblical freedom of thought, belief and decision.  In so […]

 
 

C. Norman Farley: Luther and the Grassroots of Freedom

C. Norman Farley: Luther and the Grassroots of Freedom

History enlightens us that freedom is a difficult state to achieve and equally difficult to retain. Our current Political/social and Religious struggles remind us of this fact. While there are many in varying religious organizations who shudder at the name Martin Luther, there are also millions who celebrate. The reason I celebrate is because Luther is one of the extreme champions in a long series […]

 
 

Barry Bussey: Martin Luther – Christianity's most dangerous man

Barry Bussey: Martin Luther – Christianity's most dangerous man

Historians and theologians will debate Luther until the end of time.  He remains controversial – think only of his views on the Jewish people or his justification of the brutal treatment of the peasants' uprising.  But make no mistake his posting of the Theses set off a chain of events that continue to affect us.  Luther's most dangerous idea – […]

 
 

Steve Wohlberg: The Work of the Reformation Continues

Steve Wohlberg: The Work of the Reformation Continues

Approximately 500 years ago, Martin Luther sparked a “Reformation” within the Roman Catholic Church that shook Europe. Slumbering minds awoke. Controversy erupted. An unstoppable movement was born. The Pope trembled. When the dust settled, countless Catholics-Turned-Protestant had abandoned their church. Fast-forward to today. Interdenominational cooperation has become the norm. Differences are being minimized. Many Protestant Churches seek unity with Rome. Many are even […]

 
 

Bruce Cameron: Luther, Life, and Law

Bruce Cameron: Luther, Life, and Law

“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not […]

 
 

Scott Fales: Luther's Transformation of the West

Scott Fales: Luther's Transformation of the West

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the doors of the Wittenberg church, it began a radical transformation of western thought and culture. But it wasn’t until the Bible was printed in the common languages that mainstream cultures began to embrace the radical truths presented in the Scriptures and the West was truly transformed. The historical effect that the 95 theses initiated, was that the […]

 
 

Edwin Reynolds: Luther's Impact on the World

Edwin Reynolds: Luther's Impact on the World

Martin Luther’s Reformation has had a profound impact on the modern world, not just the religious world but also in the secular world. It was not intended to be more than a call to reform the Church, but it has turned out to be a ringing bell of freedom for everyone. Today we are not bound by a particular way […]

 
 

Robert Moon: The Martin Luther Experience

“The Martin Luther Experience” implications exist throughout recorded history.  Control of humans is incomplete unless it controls beliefs related to an afterlife.  In recent history Evolutionary Theory for many includes “You only go around once in life so get all the gusto you can.” Historically,  dictatorship-links between government and one or more religious systems were used to try and gain […]