From Leadership Academy to Published!
LFF Commentary | July 2018

This Leadership Academy class of 2018 has reinvigorated LFF’s commitment to providing students with the tools they need to join the forces standing for Biblical truths in our society. There is truly nothing better than seeing our graduates grow and become strong advocates for Truth.

We are encouraged that these young men and women are taking seriously the instruction in 1 Timothy 4:12 for young men and women to “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, purity, and show yourself an example of those who believe.”

Case in point: One of our own 2018 Summer Leadership Academy graduates, Sarah Ashcraft, just published her first bookBorn for This: Living Life as a Daughter of the One True King - discussing her journey to discovering genuine purpose, freedom, hope, joy, and victory through Jesus. In her book, she also discusses how to be a connective Christian by living life fully for the Lord, standing up for righteousness, spiritual warfare, the power in forgiveness and prayer, and finding your God-given identity and purpose.

LFF congratulates Sarah and her parents and thanks her Pastors, LFF dear friends Tim and Susan Carscadden, for investing in this bright and talented young woman to equip her for the ministry God has set before her.

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Transgender Sexual Politics Coming to New Orleans!
Baptist Press | July 2018

Are your kids tired of the same old boring stories? Drag Queen Story Hour, a program that has made its way to New Orleans, promises to be anything but boring. The idea and guidance came from the program of the same name, which got its start in San Francisco before spreading to several cities throughout the country. Proponents claim that "In a town that enjoys dressing up more than any other, where costumes are a part of the experience from Mardi Gras to New Year’s and all points in between, having a storyteller wear a costume isn’t exactly a stretch from the daily routine." 

We disagree.

"Children are so impressionable and easily led," Jeff Johnston, an issues analyst with Focus on the Family, said. "Drag queen story times sow confusion and lies into their hearts and minds at a very formative time of life."

Johnston added that these events push the narrative that "biological differences don't really matter, that men and women aren't different, that a person's 'gender' is fluid and changeable, and that someone may have multiple genders."

In contrast, Johnston encouraged Christian parents to help their children see their gender as God's good gift: "We want our daughters to grow up to accept and embrace and enjoy their femininity, knowing deep down that being a girl is a good gift from God. Likewise, we want our sons to grow up to be healthy men who embrace their masculinity and see it as a good gift from God."

 

Qualifying Trends and Takeaways
Jeremy Alford - BR Business Report | July 2018

For an election cycle that’s expected to be bland, last week’s qualifying process opened up an impressive spread of statewide, regional and multi-parish positions—68 total, not including local-level posts.

If you missed the action on these major races, either intentionally or accidentally, here are five trends and takeaways from this most recent qualifying period for the 2018 election cycle.

  1. Apathy continues.
  2. Who didn’t get free passes?
  3. Who did get free passes?
  4. BR’s revolving door.
  5. SOS Is numero uno.
 

First Ever!
U.S. Department of State | July 2018

Today, the State Department will host the first-ever "Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom." Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who also serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, will attend the Ministerial and offered the following comments:

"Three months into his new job as secretary, Mike Pompeo has put his stamp on plenty of foreign policy. But this decision to bring the world together on one of the greatest human rights crises of our time could be a turning point for millions of people. Considering that religious freedom cuts against instability and decreases the likelihood of terrorism, everyone in the world has a stake in the Ministerial succeeding.

"Of course, just because leaders sit down and talk about it doesn't mean the problem of religious persecution will just magically disappear. But it could go a long way to starting a dialogue in some countries that, until now, have been very unwilling to discuss the topic."

To listen to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's interview on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, click here.

 
 
 
"Charity means love. It is called Agape in the New Testament to distinguish it from Eros (sexual love), Storge (family affection), and Philia (friendship). So, there are 4 kinds of love, all good in their proper place, but Agape is the best because it is the kind God has for us and is good in all circumstances"
—C.S. Lewis, Letters of C.S. Lewis
 

Would you discontinue using the public library if transgender sexual politics are introduced into story time for children?

  • I would not bring my children to story time that promotes unbiblical ideas about gender and sexuality.
  • I rarely take my kids to the library.
  • I don't have a problem with a public library, paid for with tax dollars, promoting identity politics to kids.
  • Story time for kids at the public library is great! I don't care what they read as long as it is a kids book.
 

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