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Flower Power: Christian florist rejects attorney general’s offer, won’t betray her religious beliefs
By Todd Starnes, FoxNews
Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington State florist who declined to provide flowers for a gay wedding , has rejected a deal by the attorney general’s office that would’ve forced her to betray her religious beliefs – much like Judas betrayed Jesus. “You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver,” Stutzman wrote in a letter to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “That is something I will not do.”
Google says it’s going to block adult content on Blogger
By Trevor Mogg, FOXNews
Google has decided it no longer likes the idea of sexually explicit content appearing on its Blogger platform, informing blog owners on Monday that such material must be removed by March 23. As the situation currently stands, Google allows “images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity” (with some exceptions) on Blogger, as long as the owner of the blog marks it as containing adult content.
I Don’t Have a Job. I Have a Higher Calling
By Rachel Feintzeig, The Wall Street Journal
Travelzoo Inc. ’s 438 employees spend their days trying to find customers a good deal on flight and hotel packages. To hear managers describe their work in meetings, however, booking a customer on a cheap trip to the Caribbean can serve a higher purpose: helping someone get over the death of a loved one or meet a future spouse. “If we all traveled, there would be significantly more peace on Earth,” Travelzoo Chief Executive Chris Loughlin said he has told employees. Can a job just be a job? Not anymore.

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Facing Reality
By Doug Gehrman
Growing up, I enjoyed science and mathematics to the extent that in high school, I took every science and math course offered. I loved these courses because they seemed so elegant and quantifiable. Especially math. Math problems had right answers and I felt it was up to me to find them. I appreciated certainty, rather than the fuzzy thinking practiced by right brained thinkers. If it wasn’t on the computer printout, the conclusions were in question, as far as I was concerned. This preference drove me to pursue a chemical engineering degree in college and it didn’t disappoint. I loved the thrill of solving the engineering problems I encountered in the textbooks. My left brain was fully engaged. Even though my political nature was far right, I have always been so left-brained that I must have walked with a tilt.
Two Effective Leadership Behaviors
By Patrick Layhee
A recent article published in the McKinsey Quarterly, Decoding Leadership: What Really Matters, addresses the most effective types of leadership behaviors that organizations should be encouraging.[i] McKinsey’s study included empirical insights from their own practical experiences, a search of relevant academic literature, and then their survey results from other organizations. They developed a broad list of possible behavior types and subsequently refined the list to what they determined to be the most desirable leadership behaviors.
Career Transition and Job Search God’s Way!
By Gary L. Selman
Job search and career transition are often a time of intense trial, emotional upheaval, and financial strain, and can be especially challenging during the holidays. Being unemployed will test your self- confidence, faith in God, and the very fabric of your marriage and family relationships. For Christians, it can be compared to the time the Israelites spent in the wilderness. It is a time of radical change and discomfort as you face an uncertain future and deal with the unknown. Like the Israelites, you may long for the certainty of Egypt (your old job) even though you were very unhappy there. In the wilderness of job search and unemployment, you face new challenges, obstacles, and tests every day.

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Law and Liberty in the Sharing Economy
By Kyle Bryant
“Responding to an evolving hospitality industry, the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association recently started crafting legislation that would give property owners reason to pause before opening their homes and apartments to temporary guests.” The Houston Chronicle reported this story on December 10, 2014, which details the THLA’s attempts to introduce legislation that would regulate innovative short-term lodging businesses such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO. In my last article on government regulation, I dealt with the Houston City Council’s similar attempts to regulate ride-sharing services Über and Lyft. This story is the same old story.
Subpoenas, Politics, and the Christian Worldview
T. Kyle Bryant
Recently in Houston, news broke that Mayor Parker's pro bono outside counsel subpoenaed five area pastors' sermon notes (among other things) on topics related to HERO (the “Houston equal Rights Ordinance”), gender identity, homosexuality, and Mayor Parker. A swift outcry soon erupted from the Christian sphere, decrying the subpoenas as an abuse of governmental authority and serious threat to religious liberty. I covered that topic here. The reaction from prominent Christians, such as Senator Ted Cruz, was swift and stern.

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