1. When Christians Do Nothing (about Target)

    April 30, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Target

    I don’t believe the response to every social evil is a boycott.

    But when a company publically and forcefully comes out on the wrong side of a moral issue, I don’t believe the correct response is to do nothing either. Especially in America, where we have freedom and our choices—whether they be at the voting polls or where we spend our money—make a difference.

    By now, you’ve heard of Target’s decision to open their gender-specific restrooms and fitting rooms to the opposite gender. The stated reason for this is to be inclusive toward transgender individuals. But considering that the transgender population makes up 0.3 percent (0.003) of the American adult population, I would submit that their reasoning has more to do with “tolerance” being in vogue in America today.

    Regardless of the reason, however, the result is that my granddaughter can be in the restroom at Target and have some guy walk in. And that’s not okay with me. (more…)


  2. A Call to Action

    March 28, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Besides the looming presidential election, there are two key issues presently facing our country—both of which are issues in which you can make a difference.

    Of course, the most important actions Bible-believing Christians can take are to pray and to witness. These are the direct commands God has given Christians who live in any country and in every era of history.

    American Christians, however, live in a nation where we elect representative leadership. Our phone calls, emails, and letters reach our leaders. We have a voice. And I want to encourage you to use yours today in two ways: (more…)


  3. Announcing My Personal Endorsement of Ted Cruz

    November 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Last week, I gave my personal endorsement of Ted Cruz for President of the United States, and he asked if I would describe why I have done so. (I’d like to note that this is my personal endorsement only, not a ministry endorsement.)

    We are blessed in this election cycle with multiple candidates whose campaign positions are conservative and value based. For that, I am thankful. But to me there are a few areas that set Senator Ted Cruz apart, and I am honored that he asked for my endorsement:

    He is a Christian. Being a Christian is not a requirement for holding public office, but I do appreciate that Senator Cruz shares a clear testimony of being born again through the blood of Christ. There are many politicians that claim the title “Christian” in an election cycle to gain support from evangelicals. Senator Cruz has been unashamed of Christ through the years, before in the Senate and now in the broader political arena of running for President of the United States.

    He is courageous for religious freedom. I’m concerned about the slipping religious freedoms in America today. (My recent minibook describes how Christians must learn to live and witness as a minority here in the United States.) I’ve been grateful for Senator Cruz’s acknowledgment of our threatened freedoms and the marginalization of Christians, and I’m thankful that he’s grafted this issue into his campaign platform. (more…)


  4. When a Nation Turns Its Back to God—New Minibook Available

    October 23, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Do you ever wonder how a nation that carved the words of Scripture into its stone monuments and inscribed “In God We Trust” on its currency could come to the place where the Bible is openly scorned and its truth is disregarded?

    Although there have been concerning trends in our nation for years, it seemed to me that the Supreme Court decision this past summer granting same-sex marriage as a constitutional right brought this rejection of God to the level of an official national position.

    Just decades ago, we saw the resurgence of what some called the “moral majority” in America, but today, Christians who believe the Bible can only be described as a “moral minority.”

    How did we get here as a nation? Is there hope for a national turning back to God? And more importantly, what can Christians do today to make a difference for Christ? (more…)


  5. Syria and Iran: What Can We Do?

    September 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    I hope you’ve seen the pictures. Three-year-old Aylan washed up on the shore, drowned while escaping. Masses of refugees crowding streets under the shells of bombed out buildings. Inflated rafts spilling over with people fleeing war-torn Syria. The seventy-one suffocated bodies found in a refrigerated truck, all victims of human trafficking. Refugee camps stretched out acre upon acre of makeshift tents.

    The plight of the Syrian refugees is heartbreaking. A humanitarian crisis. An immigrant migration not duplicated since World War II.

    Europe is struggling to handle the crisis as 381,000 refugees have arrived this year alone. Millions more are displaced. Over 3,000 are missing—likely killed or kidnapped. Many are drowning en route to safety.

    In a Wall Street Journal article, Peggy Noonan wrote, “According to the U.N. refugee agency, 53% of the migrants are from Syria, 14% from Afghanistan, 7% from Eritrea, and 3% each from Pakistan, Nigeria, Iraq and Somalia. Seventy-two percent are men, only 13% women and 15% children. Not all are fleeing war. Some are fleeing poverty. Not all but the majority are Muslim.”

    And then there is the Iran Deal. I never thought I’d see the day when the President of the United States would sign an agreement that leads to the development of nuclear arms with a sworn enemy of both the U.S. and Israel. The unrest in the Middle East is real, and it is only going to get worse. (more…)