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MLK Speaks for the Charleston Nine

By Mika Edmondson

Redemptive suffering is not mere sentimentalism, nor naïve optimism, but the real and lasting hope that only the good news of the resurrected Christ can bring.read more

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  • The FAQs: Christian Bakers Face $135K Fine and Gag Order Over Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couple
  • A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China

MLK Speaks for the Charleston Nine

On September 18, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. found himself in a position all too familiar to us today. Just three days prior, four young girls—14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and 11-year-old Denise McNair—were killed when a white supremacist hurled a makeshift bomb near the east side of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church during Sunday school. As he stood above the tiny caskets of three of the victims, King was challenged to make sense out of a brazen act of racially motivated violence. With clarity and courage, he offered...

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The FAQs: Christian Bakers Face $135K Fine and Gag Order Over Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couple

What is the case about? In 2013, a lesbian couple went into Sweet Cakes, a bakery in Oregon, to order a “wedding cake” for their same-sex commitment ceremony. When the couple told the baker, Aaron Klein that it was for a same-sex ceremony, he told them he would serve homosexuals but that his religious beliefs would not allow him to participate by creating the cake for them. The couple filed a complaint with the Oregon Labor Commission, claiming Sweet Cakes and the Kleins discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation. Last week, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian...

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A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China

In December 2001 I had the opportunity to attend the first performance since 1949 of Handel’s Messiah (in Chinese) at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. The choir (assembled by a local Christian conductor) sang to a packed house. There wasn’t a dry eye among the thousands assembled as we stood for the “Hallelujah” chorus. I couldn’t help thinking that it was a testament to the fact that neither Marx nor Mao gets the last word in China—the Messiah does. I thought of that evening often as I read...

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