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  • Sep 09 / 2014
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The Government’s God-given Mandate to Destroy ISIS

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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #10

It appears as though the crisis surrounding the violent militant group known as the Islamic State (or ISIS) is going to get worse before it get better. The Muslim extremists have seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq and declared themselves a nation. They are now threatening Israel’s borders and seeking to spread their ideology to other nations around the world. Already, the Pentagon has said that it is aware that roughly 100 Americans have gone to fight alongside the Islamic State. Continue Reading

  • Sep 03 / 2014
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Diversity in the Body of Christ

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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #9

In a sermon at the National Cathedral, just days before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr., said, “The most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.” Continue Reading

  • Aug 29 / 2014
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Ferguson and Family Breakdown

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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #8

Much of the discussion around the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, has focused on race relations in the U.S., the need for more diversity and dialogue on race issues in the church, and the issue of how young black men are perceived by law enforcement. While all of those discussions are relevant and needed, very little has been said about how the current state of the black family has contributed to the epidemic of young black men not getting their education, killing one another, and ruining their lives. Continue Reading

  • Aug 17 / 2014
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The Death of Michael Brown and the Reason Why We Must Do More than Rage Against Racism

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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #7

This past week, America witnessed a truly tragic and disturbing situation in Missouri. First, the tragic death of an 18-year-old young man. Some of those who gathered in Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer on August 9th, apparently took the gathering as an opportunity to vandalize and rob convenience local businesses, even going so far as to set one gas station on fire. While many claimed that Michael Brown was innocent in his encounter with police last week, ironically, surveillance video released on Friday shows Brown robbing a convenience store and acting aggressively toward the clerk — his final act being the same act some of those protesting on his behalf carried out this week. Continue Reading

  • Aug 11 / 2014
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American Selfishness: Another Step on the Road to Decline

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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #6

This week, many Americans were shocked by the comments of some people who are seen as conservative leaders regarding two American medical workers who contracted the deadly Ebola virus and were brought back to the United States for treatment. Dr. Kent Brantly, who was working with Samaritan’s Purse at a hospital in Liberia, was brought back to the U.S. on August 2 after he tested positive for Ebola. He is being treated in isolation at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Another medical missionary, Nancy Writebol, who was working with Service in Mission in Liberia, is also being treated there.

It seems quite obvious that, at the very least, taking care of our own, no matter how dangerous the disease is, is the Christian, American, and humane thing to do. However, based on their comments in media interviews this past week, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ann Coulter don’t think so. Continue Reading

  • Aug 03 / 2014
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Christian Conviction and the Workplace

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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #5

Recently, President Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination against homosexual workers among federal contractors and other groups that receive federal funds to carry out their work. Among those groups are numerous Christian charity organizations which receive money from the government.

Ahead of the signing of this executive order, fourteen religious leaders sent a letter to President Obama asking him to include an exemption for religious organizations that wish to hire workers who share their religious beliefs and practices. President Obama’s executive order did not include such an exemption. (News reports indicate that his ultimate goal is to pass a law banning such selective employment for all businesses in the United States, however Congress has been slow to act on it.) Under the new order, religious organizations which continue to receive federal funding will face the threat of litigation if a group declines to hire someone or decides to fire someone based on their “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” However, President Obama’s executive order lets stand George W. Bush’s provision allowing religious contractors to hire employees “of a particular religion.” It is believed that homosexual rights groups will deliberately target religious-based organizations in order to launch test cases that would force those organizations to pay enormous fines, be shut down for failure to comply with the order, or cease to receive government funding. Continue Reading

  • Jul 26 / 2014
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A Christian Response to the Current Israel-Gaza War

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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #4

Because the roots of the Christian faith are steeped in Judaism, Bible-believing Christians have always felt an affinity for Israel and the Israeli people. Our Savior came as a descendant of Jews with a message that was first for the Jews and then the Gentiles. The majority of Christians support the right of the Jewish people to have a state of their own and to live in peace like all democratic nations.

When situations such as the current conflict in Israel and Gaza take place, many Christians are unsure of how to respond. While we support Israel’s right to defend itself against a terrorist organization launching rockets into its territory, no one likes to hear that over 800 civilians have been killed and over 5,000 people have been wounded — especially children. Continue Reading

  • Jul 19 / 2014
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Christians, Compassion, and the Children Crossing Our Borders

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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #3

Much of the news in recent days has focused on the thousands of immigrant children from Central America who are traveling hundreds of miles to get to the United States. The majority of them are arriving at U.S. borders unaccompanied and with no one to take them in. According to the New York Times, in mid-June, 283 unaccompanied minors were entering the United States per day. Those numbers quickly add up, and now border patrol facilities are overwhelmed with children forcing local and state officials to provide housing, food, and medical care.

The question, of course, is: Should these children be sent back to their home countries? Is it right to send them back when so many of them came to America fleeing poverty and gang violence and seeking a better life? Of all the countries on earth, shouldn’t the U.S. be the most open to receiving those fleeing less than ideal conditions in their homelands? Continue Reading

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