From the Women’s March to an interview with Lee Strobel to articles about modesty and judging – my blog covered quite the range of issues this year. I’m very grateful that more than two-million of you visited these pages, and below I’ve ranked the articles you shared the most. If you missed any of these articles or podcasts, be sure to catch them now!
Madonna dropping F-bombs and talking about blowing up the White House. Actress Ashley Judd proudly proclaiming, “Yeah, I’m a nasty woman – a loud vulgar, proud woman.” And mothers marching with their daughters while wearing female genitalia on their heads. The recent Women’s March was enough to make most anyone think twice about supporting women’s causes, especially those who are Christians . . .
His books making the case for Christ and the Christian faith have sold more than 14-million copies. And now the story of Lee Strobel, the atheist reporter-turned Christian apologist, has been made into a feature film called The Case for Christ. Lee is someone I’ve known for nearly 30 years, and I was thrilled to be the first journalist to screen his movie and then interview Lee about it. Listen to this gripping podcast telling Lee’s very personal and raw journey to faith . . .
Senator Bernie Sanders doesn’t think Christians are fit to serve in public office. In a shameful exchange, Sanders grilled Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee for Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, about his Christian beliefs. When Vought refused to disavow his belief that Muslims “stand condemned” because “they have rejected Jesus Christ,” Sanders became livid . . .
Abdul El-Sayed, potentially the nation’s first Muslim governor, sounds like the quintessential progressive politician. The problem, however, is that El-Sayed has substantial connections to the Muslim Brotherhood in both his past and present. So the suspicion that El-Sayed may harbor Islamist convictions and be a Trojan horse are not unfounded, especially given the reality of what some have dubbed a “stealth jihad” . . .
In this guest post, author Sheila Wray Gregoire explores the difficulty Christians have teaching modesty without also shaming young women. She writes, “When my youngest daughter Katie was 11, she had hit puberty and was developing rather rapidly. In response, a kind Sunday School teacher took her aside to tell her gently that she would now have to be careful how she dressed for church. She wouldn’t want any men looking down her shirt, after all. Katie was mortified. Adult Christian men would want to look down her shirt? It took some backtracking for her father and me to persuade her that not all men were perverts . . .”
It’s one of those stories that makes you want to cry and scream at the same time. A Christian school in a small town in Maryland is punishing one of its seniors by refusing to allow her to participate in graduation ceremonies next month. Her crime? She got pregnant – and unlike many in similar situations, Maddie Runkles is continuing her pregnancy, rather than trying to hide her sin by aborting her child. The story, which was published in The New York Times, has infuriated scores of Americans. It also sadly has reinforced negative stereotypes of Christians as legalistic and hypocritical jerks, who simultaneously rail against abortion, while shaming those who choose life . . .
The Women’s March banned Students for Life from its event. But the young, innovative group of activists got revenge by planting themselves — and their oversized banners — at the front of the march. The move got the attention of thousands on social media, who shared the image on Facebook and Twitter. In this podcast with Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, Kristan tells all about the fascinating — and at times, terrifying — experience her group had at the Women’s March . . .
Whenever I criticize anyone for practically anything, I hear that Christians are not supposed to judge. But is that really true? Sure, in Matthew 7:1, Jesus says, “Do not judge,” but in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, the apostle Paul says, “(T)he Lord’s people will judge the world. . . How much more the things of this life!” So what gives? Are Christians supposed to judge or not judge? And just what is the Christian standard? . . .
I wasn’t a fan of Donald Trump as a candidate. I was appalled by some of the things he had said about women, immigrants, and the handicapped – and I still am. Yet when he won the election, I was relieved that Hillary would not be president. And I saw hope for the first time in eight long years that pro-life justices would be appointed to the Supreme Court, Obamacare would be repealed, and America would once again have a pro-growth, pro-business environment. It’s interesting to read what I wrote last February and then reflect on the political defeats and victories of the past year.
Thousands of women around the country skipped work, wore red and attended rallies in honor of “A Day Without a Woman,” the first major event by organizers of the Women’s March since the march in January. I was not one of them. I refused to take part in this incredibly hypocritical event. March 8 was not a day without “a woman,” but a day without 160- to 200-million women — all erased from this planet in utero due to sex-selection abortion. Yet abortion – the most misogynistic practice on this planet – was not even mentioned by event organizers. That’s because “reproductive rights” was one of the central “unity principles” of A Day Without a Woman . . .