By / Dec 27

What happened to the apostles after the book of Acts? In his book After Acts, Bryan Litfin brings readers along as he conducts a comprehensive investigation into answering this question. He provides background for these biblical characters and presents historical evidence that points to different theories surrounding what came next for them. Throughout the book Litfin consistently amplifies the reality that they surrendered everything for the sake of the gospel. While history is unclear, Litfin reinforces the reality that we can be certain these individuals spent their lives on mission so that people would hear the good news. 

In a way, this book is not solely a historical resource, but also a call upon its readers to ask themselves: how am I spending my life for the kingdom of God? After Acts will leave you encouraged by the boldness, faith, and love for the Lord on display in the apostles’ lives.

By / Mar 30

A media firestorm has ignited by the passing of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). An enormous misinformation campaign has ensued, depicting RFRA as “license to discriminate.” These claims are false. To see through the misinformation, it’s important that Christians acquaint themselves with how RFRA serves to bolster religious liberty for all citizens.

ERLC staff and outlets have seen several articles published on the topic of RFRA, and we’ve compiled them here in hopes that it will help educate you on why RFRA is an important tool to help preserve religious liberty in America.

What You should Know About Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (The Gospel Coalition)

Joe Carter answers seven questions about RFRAs.

Willing Incompatible Worlds (First Things)

Andrew Walker: “Calls for boycotting Indiana after its legislature signed a bill virtually identical to what was signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton indicates that we’ve reached a new day for religious liberty. The myth that religious liberty can meaningfully exist in any historic sense of the term alongside gay marriage has now been debunked.”

Why Indiana’s New Religious Freedom Restoration Act Makes Good Sense (Canon & Culture)

Michael J. DeBoer: “Religious freedom and the rights of conscience are fundamental values in American constitutional law and in Indiana constitutional law. As natural, inalienable rights, they are worthy of protection, not only by constitutional texts, but also by legislation that specifies the applicable standards and provides clear guidance to government decision-makers and actors.”

Indiana’s RFRA: Eight Theses (National Review)

Andrew Walker: “8. Realize that RFRA is just a balancing test. It provides no sure footing for religion to do whatever religion wants. The government should and forever must strike the right balance between compelling governmental interests and religious freedom.”