Posts by Mike Turner

July Fourth Challenges Churches to Balance Faith with Patriotism

Independence Day worship services put faith and patriotism in the same place at the same time for the same purpose, and finding the right balance isn’t as easy as we want to admit.   LifeWay Research last week proved the point in the release of a survey it recently completed of one thousand Protestant ministers regarding their attitudes…

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It’s the Transgender Moment for America and the Church

In March the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington issued the new learning standards to take effect in all public schools in the school year 2017-2018. The standards touch all the expected bases but when it comes to sexual health there are instructional goals that should make all evangelical Christians take notice.…

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Could Churches Be Forced to Have Transgender Restrooms?

  In the aftermath of the federal guidelines issued two weeks ago requiring all public schools to accommodate the restroom preference of transgender students, a friend asked me a question I’m sure many Christians are thinking about: “Could churches be forced to have transgender restrooms?”   I immediately said, “Of course not! It will never…

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Transgenderism and America’s Gathering Spiritual Darkness

When North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law on March 23, he didn’t know what demons would be unleashed. I wonder what he thinks now that all hell has broken loose.   The law bans people from using public restrooms that don’t match their biological sex. It requires men to use men’s…

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Trump vs Clinton: The Christian Voter’s Dilemma

While the presidential primary season has a little ways left to go, the candidates at this point are set with Republican Donald Trump facing Democrat Hilary Clinton in November’s general election. In any other year I’d be confident that most evangelical Christians would automatically support the Republican candidate because of the party’s stance on moral…

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Pornography Is a Calamity for the Nation and for the Church

Denny Burk teaches at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He writes and blogs about current events and cultural trends from an evangelical perspective and has a lot of good things to say. His piece earlier this week about pornography really caught my attention because of its application for our…

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Georgia Shows that Religious Freedom Is a Thing of the Past

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal this week removed any doubt regarding the diminishing influence Christians have in America when on Monday he vetoed the Free Exercise Protection Act.   The bill was passed a couple of weeks ago by both chambers of state government to protect the rights of faith-based institutions to exercise their religious convictions…

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Mission Trip Day Five: Coming Home

I’m posting twice today to make up for missing yesterday (we were busy all day). The earlier post was from Frankfurt, Germany, where we had a long layover and now we’re in Philadelphia waiting for our final leg into Columbia. I’ll be able to sleep in my own bed tonight. By the way, if you…

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