Religion
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Showdown over abortion coverage

Religious Liberty | Trump administration and California dig in for a battle between abortion and religious liberty
by Steve West
Posted 2/04/20, 04:12 pm

When the Trump administration announced California has violated federal law by forcing all health insurance plans to cover elective abortions, it ensured at least one thing: further litigation with the state.

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Confused about compassionate conservatism?

Effective Compassion | Explaining the concept to liberal Americans and traditionalist Italians
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/01/20, 01:48 pm

As WORLD’s Effective Compassion podcast continues in its weekly installments, I’d like to take us back 20 years to a time when “compassionate conservatism” was getting huge attention due to presidential candidate George W. Bush’s embrace of it, but widespread confusion remained about what this new idea was all about.

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Machen’s miracles, Methodists’ morality

History | J. Greshem Machen’s 20th-century take on liberalism could guide faithful Methodists today
by Russell St. John
Posted 1/30/20, 03:22 pm

It is not often that a dead Presbyterian can offer a way forward to living Methodists, but J. Gresham Machen can.

In February 2019 the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) passed the “Traditional Plan,” which reaffirmed the church’s ban on ordaining LGBTQ clergy and forbade current clergy from officiating at or hosting same-sex marriages. The close vote (438-384) highlighted long-term divisions within the denomination.

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