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Freedom of Houston Pastors Still at Risk

Last week’s bombshell out of Houston that its mayor, Annise Parker, had subpoenaed the sermons from area pastors is still causing ripples both inside and outside the faith community.

On Friday, city attorneys revised their demands. Instead of requesting the pastor’s sermons, they’re now demanding “all speeches or presentations” related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. The controversial law, also known as the “Bathroom Bill” allows men who consider themselves women to use the women’s restroom.

The targeted pastors had all opposed passage of the ordinance on obvious moral grounds.

Since news of the subpoenas became public, the public outcry has been substantial and caused the mayor to try and clarify her motives late last week:

“We don’t need to intrude on matters of faith to have equal rights in Houston,” she explained. “It was never the intent of the city of Houston to intrude on any matters of faith or to get between a pastor and their parishioners.”

But that’s exactly what subpoenas did, and in chilling fashion.

How have the potentially impacted pastors responded?

Chris Seay is pastor of Ecclesia Houston and penned the following open letter:


Dear Mayor Parker,

I see you as a friend, so I choose to speak to you in the context of friendship. You lead the city that I love, and I want my church, Ecclesia, to continue working alongside you to make our city better. I’m a native Houstonian and a self-proclaimed Houston Geek. I love our diversity, food, sports teams, history, entrepreneurial spirit, and most of all I love the people. I know we agree that all Houstonians are made equal in God’s eyes.

Despite our common aim to better this city, your administration’s actions over the last 30 days confirm that we are now formally at odds. It doesn’t have to be this way, but your decision to subpoena the sermons and communications coming from Christian churches in our city requires a clear and unequivocal response. These actions impede on the historic religious freedoms of America’s churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples, while equally being a breach of the relationship we share as citizens of this city. These efforts will only create further division and mistrust, bringing harm to the greater good of Houston.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “the church must be reminded that it is not the master nor the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.” As pastors in our great city, we cannot and will not subject ourselves to the editing or approval of the content that comes from our pulpits.

As Christians, our wholehearted belief is that the Scriptures, which are interpreted in many different ways according to our traditions, serve as a guide and an authority for us. That means that our teaching will at times stand in stark contrast to the views of our culture when it comes to serving the poor, loving immigrants, protecting all children, and contentious topics such as sexuality and human identity. As religious leaders, if we begin to change our teaching to accommodate popular opinion, we have failed to practice faithfulness to what we believe is our God-given call. We cannot and will not walk that path.

Mayor Parker, I ask you to rescind these misguided subpoenas and let us do our job. I commit to gather the leaders of the church in Houston in order to oppose hatred that arises in any church and condemn any theology that is not rooted in the love of Christ for all people. The church has come a long way, but we cannot bow to the winds of culture. Instead, I urge you to lead us in a constructive and earnest dialogue, and seek out the many key influencers in our city who share a desire for the common good. Together, we can make Houston a better place for all people.

With sincerity and respect,

Pastor Chris Seay
Ecclesia Houston

I appreciate Pastor Seay’s humility and winsomeness along with his direct and unyielding approach to first principles. In the coming days, I believe Christians will be faced with similar challenges. During a recent trip to Washington D.C., a friend quipped that too many people today want religion to be “safe, legal and rare.”

Sadly, I think he’s right.

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Helping Overly-Connected Kids Live in the Real World

Our children live in a screen-driven world.

In some ways, it’s been this way for a long time. Since the 1950s, television and children have gone together like cereal and milk.

Who doesn’t remember Saturday morning cartoons?

The advent of video games and the proliferation of smart phones and tablets in the past decade have only served to add to a child’s “screen time.” Walk through a mall or an airport and you’ll see that many children seem perpetually “connected” to an electronic device.

I’ve previously blogged about some of the physical harms of this “digital invasion,” such as technology-induced dementia and a rise in compulsive disorders.

Today, though, I want to explore another unintended fallout of too much technology – children who are not able to relate well in “real life.”

According to reliable statistics, by age 7, a child born today will have spent one full year in front of a screen.

Needless to say, that’s a lot of time.

Too much time, if you ask me.

As a result, some kids aren’t growing up socially adjusted. They’re not learning simple relational skills, such as looking people in the eye or comfortably carrying on an in-person conversation.  This lack of social development can significantly stunt personal growth and inhibit a child’s future potential.

The question then becomes… how do we create a balance in our homes and in our kids’ lives? How can we help our kids practice being social?

Today we’re airing the second day of a two-part broadcast, “Helping Kids Relate in a Screen-Driven World.” This program gives moms and dads some practical advice that can help them help their children. It features Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane talking about their new book, “Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World.”

I encourage you to listen to today’s broadcast, available on the radio, online or via our free, downloadable app.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Focus Powers New Resource for Pastors

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, so it’s a timely moment to let you know about Focus’ latest efforts to help pastors. We’re working with the North American Mission Board to power the organization’s care line for pastors.

I’ll let Michael Lewis, the group’s executive director of Pastoral Care and Development, tell you more:

At the North American Mission Board (NAMB) we are keenly aware of the daily pressures that come with serving as a pastor. Research verifies that over time these daily pressures take their toll on pastors and their families, causing discouragement, frustration and even clinical depression. We hope to help alleviate this stress and loneliness for our pastors.

The Pastoral Care and Development initiative at NAMB exists to address the loneliness that comes with ministry. We provide relevant resources to comfort pastors and their families in times of crisis. That is why NAMB is grateful for the new partnership with Focus on the Family to provide a toll-free Pastoral Care Line:  1-844-PASTOR1. All calls are kept confidential and are handled professionally by trained counselors. A pastor’s name or his church’s name will not be shared with NAMB or anyone else. Our message for pastors is that your loneliness can be removed and your burden can be shared in a safe environment that will provide care and wisdom to deal with the crisis that most pastors and their families face at one time or another.

As we work toward helping Southern Baptists push back lostness in North America, we know that a church cannot be healthy if its pastor is not healthy. That is why we are committed to helping pastors. Please help us spread the word about the Pastor Care Line and our other resources.

“A church cannot be healthy if its pastor is not healthy.” How true Michael’s words are!

Yet sadly, research from the Schaeffer Institute suggests there are many pastors who aren’t doing well. About 90 percent of pastors surveyed at a conference some time ago stated they are “frequently fatigued and worn out on a weekly and even daily basis.” About 71 percent of them reported feeling burned out.

As you can see, there’s a real need for Christians to rally around their pastors and provide prayers, love and practical help. As 1 Timothy 5:17 says, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”

CAM booklet coverClergy Appreciation Month is a great time to give “double honor” to those who sacrificially serve our families. You can find more information and ideas to help your church celebrate your pastors in our free Clergy Appreciation Month guide.

As for NAMB’s pastoral care line that Focus is powering? Please pray that God will use this resource to help and bless our pastors.

The health of our churches depends on it.

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