Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record
Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News

Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.

Methodism Today and Tomorrow
Mark Tooley, First Things

Having realized they no longer can legislatively overturn the denomination’s teaching on marriage, thanks to fast growing United Methodism in Africa, where over 35 percent of the twelve million member church now lives, liberal United Methodists are now waging a campaign of “biblical obedience.”

Modern Families and the Messes We Make
Jennifer Lahl, Public Discourse

Assistive reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization not only involve serious medical risks, they also disrupt family life and commodify human beings.

In Reversal, Court Allows Texas Law on Abortion
Erick Eckholm, New York Times

Only three days after a federal judge blocked a new Texas law that threatened to shut down many of the state’s abortion clinics, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, reversed the decision, saying the rule should take effect while the case is argued in the months to come.