April 26 | LifeSource Church | Johnson City, NY
April 28 | Davis College – Chrisfield Campus | Johnson City, NY
April 29 | First Bible Baptist Church | Hilton, NY
As we’ve explained in previous articles, reports of children being mistreated or abused are rising to epidemic proportions. Sadly, Christian organizations are not exempt from this harsh reality, and every parent and ministry must be aware of this fact.
The State of Maryland maintains the Maryland Nonpublic Student Textbook Program and the Nonpublic Aging Schools Program, whereby nonpublic schools can receive free textbooks and/or funds to offset the costs of their aging buildings if they provide certain “assurances” to the state. Some religious schools in Maryland have participated in these programs in the past. Recently, however, two new strings were attached to schools that wish to participate in these programs: schools must provide assurances that they (1) will not discriminate against gay and lesbian students in their admissions policies and (2) will not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in their employment practices.
Money. There’s simply no way around the fact that it’s something every ministry has to deal with. Maintaining financial integrity with the money that flows through your ministry is truly foundational to your ministry’s very existence, as well as to the jobs and livelihoods of those you employ—not to mention your ministry's ability to reach your community for Christ.
The NCLL has been defending religious liberty in America’s public schools for many years. What is most distressing to us is the fact that so many Christian public school administrators refuse to allow appropriate religious expression in public schools out of fear of a backlash from one or two people or lawsuits by legal groups that are openly hostile to religion, particularly Christianity.
The month of April has been a busy month, as Dr. David Gibbs III and Pastor Rudy Holland have traveled to eight different locations presenting Church Legal-Health Seminars. Our desire is for these seminars to equip churches to protect themselves for maximum ministry with minimum liability. With all of the changes in the laws on both the federal and state level, churches need to be more vigilant than ever in safeguarding against openings that leave their ministries vulnerable to attack.
Over the last several weeks, many of you, our NCLL supporters and friends, have had your mailboxes, inboxes, and voicemail boxes bombarded with calls, flyers, and emails from the presidential candidates and their campaign staffers. While every presidential election brings with it sweeping change in Washington and around the country, this one in particular is occurring at a pivotal time in America’s history. The sanctity of life, national security, individual security, religious liberty, immigration, the economy . . . every one of these issues is of tremendous importance to the future of America, and every one of these issues is at stake in this election. The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reinforces the gravity of this election, given that the next president will likely nominate up to four new justices to the Supreme Court.
While everyone in the country rushed around in mid-December buying and wrapping last-minute Christmas gifts, a Boston judge was preparing to issue the first decision of its kind anywhere in the United States: a decision declaring that a religious school must hire a gay man married to his gay partner, despite the school’s objection to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The Catholic school had offered this man a job as Food Services Director, but upon learning that he was a homosexual and was married to his gay partner, they rescinded the job offer in light of the fact that his lifestyle did not align with the school’s religious beliefs.