Meet Jack Phillips

“My work at the cake shop is more than a way to make a living.”  Jack Phillips

“On the day I declined to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage, I was simply living out the truth that I—along with millions of other Christians—have found in the Bible.” Ibid

The Supreme Court Let Me Live My Faith Again

The justices affirmed that I don’t have to violate my beliefs to work as a cake artist.

 Jack Phillips, The Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2018, p. A 15

Tip jars for support of Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in his shop in Lakewood, Colo., June 4.
Tip jars for support of Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in his shop in Lakewood, Colo., June 4. PHOTO: JOE AMON/THE DENVER POST VIA GETTY IMAGES

We often tell children they can become whatever they want when they grow up: doctor, lawyer, engineer, artist—anything they set out to be is within their reach.

Packed into that simple idea are the promises of liberty and opportunity that form the heart of the American experience. The Supreme Court’s ruling this Monday on my case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, helped determine that people of faith remain free to pursue our chosen vocations.

My work at the cake shop is more than a way to make a living. Designing each wedding cake is an expressive act, as I create an artistic centerpiece that announces a couple’s union as a marriage and tells part of their story. My perspective and beliefs are inseparable from the work I create.

But after decades of developing my craft, my home state took it away from me. My case started in 2012 when I was asked to design a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. I politely declined that request because of my religious beliefs about marriage. But I told the customers that I would sell them anything else in my shop, or create a cake for them for a different event.  Continue reading

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ABS Does Not Buckle

“The American Bible Society, one of the world’s oldest Bible distributing organizations, is defending its decision to ask employees to sign a statement of faith affirming traditional marriage.”  Emily Jones

“Employees who disagree with the guidelines, specifically the ones about biblical marriage, have submitted their resignations.” Ibid

“So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.” Genesis 1:27

Emily Jones, CBNNEWS.COM, June 4, 2018

The American Bible Society, one of the world’s oldest Bible distributing organizations, is defending its decision to ask employees to sign a statement of faith affirming traditional marriage.

The new policy asks employees to conduct themselves according to biblical principles, including refraining from extra-marital sex and honoring God through marriage between one man and one woman.

“I will seek to refrain from sexual activity outside of the marriage covenant prescribed and exemplified in the Bible: ‘a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one,’ symbolizing the relationship between Christ and His Church,”  the statement reads.  Continue reading

Body Matters Too

“One of my grad students said, ‘I was always taught “spirit=good; body=bad.”’” Nancy Pearcey

“He created them male and female.” Genesis 1:27

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

“Nature has an order, a plan, a purpose, a design.  And we are happier and healthier when we live in accord with that design.” Pearcey

Marvin Olasky, “Design and Identity: Reclaiming a High View of Male and Female Sexuality,” World magazine, June 9, 2018, p. 24, 25

Design and identity

Reclaiming a high view of male and female sexuality

Design and identityNancy Pearcey (Steve Gonzales/Genesis)

Nancy Pearcey’s new book, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality, helps us understand how to respond when a Wisconsin resident born male becomes a high-school prom queen and a Missouri resident born female sues a school district. Pearcey is a professor at Houston Baptist University and the author of Total Truth and other books.

Please take us through the process by which homosexuality and transgenderism became prominent in American culture. Let’s start with an important thing you learned from Francis Schaeffer when you were a student at L’Abri in Switzerland. I learned that the concept of truth has been divided. He illustrated that using the metaphor of two stories in a building. After the rise of modern science, many people concluded that the only valid form of knowledge is science. That’s the lower story: objective facts. Morality and theology were reduced to matters of personal, private, subjective opinion. That’s the upper story, where people say, “That can be true for you but not true for me.” In secular academia, this division is called the fact/value split, and in Total Truth, I showed how it is the main barrier to communicating Christian principles: People don’t even realize you are making objective truth claims. In Love Thy Body, I show how the same split underlies today’s cutting-edge moral issues.

How does that also reflect the secular-sacred split? Tragically, many people have essentially a “Christianized” version of the fact/value split. They treat things like church, Bible study, and prayer as more important (upper story), but don’t know how to bring a holistic Biblical perspective to their jobs, professions, politics, and the rest of life (lower story). One of my grad students said, “I was always taught ‘spirit = good; body = bad.’” Continue reading

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