The Rev. Dr. Mark Wood, Director of Witness & Outreach, and Revitalization for the LCMS, and host Kip Allen discuss the ongoing trend of declining church membership. Learn more about LCMS re:Vitality at lcms.org/revitalization.
Are all attacks on places of worship religiously motivated? Not necessarily, according to Dr. Timothy Furnish on this episode of World Lutheran News Digest.
Abortion was legalized 45 years ago, and nearly 60 million babies have been aborted since that time. One statistic that abortion-rights advocates used in support of legalizing abortion is the number of women who die from undergoing illegal abortions. However, since the 1973 ruling, those figures have been disproved as false. Guest Carole Novielli, writer for Live Action, joins host Kip Allen to talk about this falsified information... Read more
Host Kip Allen speaks with Kim Davis, former Rowen County, Kentucky, county clerk. Davis was jailed for defying the governor’s order that she issue marriage licenses for gay couple. Davis has recently released a book about her experience titled, “Under God’s Authority.”
Sermon notes are subpoenaed. Christians are being forced to participate in gay marriage ceremony preparation. School children are told they can’t mention Jesus. A high school football coach is fired for silently praying on an athletic field. These are just a few of the increasingly frequent incidents of hostility to religion in American society. The past 5 years, First Liberty Institute has tracked these instances and released its ... Read more
Guest Michael P. Farris, president of Alliance Defending Freedom, discusses the implications of the Supreme Court case Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer. On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran in what is being called a landmark religious freedom case. In 2012, Trinity Lutheran applied for a grant with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that would allow reimbursement for resur... Read more
In times of crisis pregnancy, what about the child’s life? Imagine an 18-year-old woman with an unwanted pregnancy, and she decides to end it. But what of the life she’s ending? What might that child become? Guest Kim Glassman can answer that question. Her birth mother chose life for her and put her up for adoption with a caring family. Hear her story on today’s WLND. Today's program is a rebroadcast from March 1, 2017.
Pro-life Christians in Missouri have reason to celebrate. The legislature passed, and the governor signed, SB5, a new law placing common sense regulations in place for abortion clinics. Some of the new provisions are that doctors must explain potential medical risks to women 72 hours before an abortion. Other provisions include unannounced annual inspection, whistle-blower protection, and requirements that facilities meet certain h... Read more
It’s no secret that Christian artists are under attack. Secular and LBGT groups seek out and use government to punish Christian artists who refuse to create artwork celebrating what Christians consider sinful, such as gay marriage. Bakeries, florists, and other have been driven out of business and fined or threatened with prison. The situation in Colorado is especially grievous where not only can a Christian refuse to create art, b... Read more
Chaplain Army Major Scott Squires and his assistant, Staff Sergeant Kacie Griffin, are cleared of “dereliction of duty” charges. Mike Berry, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Military Affairs with First Liberty Institute, discusses the case on today’s World Lutheran News Digest.
The United States Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in what may be one of the most important constitutional cases in the Republic’s history. The case is Masterpiece Cake Shop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case is about cake artist Jack Phillips, who refused to make a special wedding cake for a gay couple because of his belief about traditional marriage. The gay couple complained to the state’s civil rights commissi... Read more
The Johnson Amendment prevents non-profit organizations, such as churches, from addressing certain issues. What the Johnson Amendment does and does not do is the topic of discussion between host Kip Allen and David Christensen, Vice President of Governmental Affairs with the Family Research Council.
Nearly two years ago, Presbyterian Pastor Andrew Brunson was arrested by Turkish authorities who accused him of associating with terrorists. American authorities, including the president, vice president and secretary of state, say it’s a matter of persecution. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is closely watching the case. Vice Chair Kristina Arriaga discusses the pastor’s plight on today’s World Luthe... Read more
Guests Rev. Dr. Kevin Armbrust, Erik Lundsford, and Deaconess Pamela Nielsen from the LCMS Communications Team talk about the experience of being at the Washington, D.C., March for Life and reflect on the sights and sounds of the March. The 2017 March for Life is estimated to have had between 500,000-600,000 marchers, one of the largest in history.
Why was the world so appalled at the murder of 50 Muslims in New Zealand, but silent on the killing of more than a hundred Christians in Nigeria? Islamic and Arabic history expert Dr. Timothy Furnish discusses this with host Kip Allen on World Lutheran News Digest.
Sadly, there are children in every state in need of a new home, or a foster family. State agencies often work with outside faith-based agencies to place children in loving homes. Unfortunately, this process is becoming politicized in some states. This is particularly true in the state of Illinois. In 2011, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced it would no longer contract with agencies that refused to pla... Read more
Guest Nick Loeb, co-producer of “Roe v. Wade: The Untold Story,” discusses how the infamous ruling legalizing abortion on demand was based on lies and made-up information. Loeb, along with co-producer Alveda King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are teaming to produce a movie that exposes the truth. Learn more about the movie at RoevWadeMovie.com.
Guest Peter S. Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, discusses the recent Values Voter Summit. For three days last month, Christians and social conservatives from around the country gathered in the nation's capital for the 11th Annual Values Voter Summit. Sponsored from the start by FRC Action, the legislative affiliate arm of the Family Research Council, the Summit provides a forum to help inform... Read more
Hundreds of thousands of people from around the country joined in the 44th Annual March for Life in Washington D.C. to voice their opposition to abortion on demand. In the past, mainstream media has given the March scant coverage. Was it different this year? Media Research Center writer Katie Yoder talks about how this year's March fared in the media.
Foster care and adoption services exist for the benefit of children. States often partner with private foster care and adoption agencies to help place children with loving families. Many of these private agencies are faith-based. But this system has come under fire, especially since the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage. Secular and LGBT interests have passed legislation in some areas stating that all priv... Read more