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Christian artists, Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio celebrate religious freedom win at Arizona Supreme Court which found the government cannot force them to make invitations for same-sex wedding [#CreateFREELY #ArizonaSupremeCourt #ReligiousFreedom]

A pair of Christian artists are celebrating a religious freedom win at the Arizona Supreme Court, which found the government cannot force them to make invitations for a same-sex wedding.

Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, the owners of Brush & Nib Studio said they were “extremely excited” at the 4-3 decision that reversed a lower-court ruling in favor of anti-discrimination ordinance of Phoenix.

“We are super excited. Ever since Joanna and I were little girls we had a dream of being artists and starting a business, and we are just so overjoyed that the city recognized our rights as artists. This was super important to us to stand for artists everywhere across the country. “e do serve everybody and love everybody but it’s just certain messages that we cannot promote in our business because of our faith.”
– Breanna Koski, a painter about the Monday ruling.

According to her business partner, Joanna Duka, a calligrapher, the heart of the case, which was ruled narrowly to customized artist creations, comes down to the question:

“Can the government force artists by threat of jail time to create art that promotes messages inconsistent with their values?”

“For Breanna and I that includes certain messages about marriage that violate our faith, that includes messages that promote racism or incite violence, exploit women, or demean any member of any community, including the LGBT community. So that’s why we’re extremely excited the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled in favor of artistic freedom and the right of artists, not the government, to decide what messages we can and can’t promote.”

– Joanna Duka, a calligrapher about the Monday ruling.

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Phil Heller announced as new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana [#PhilHeller #Crossroads #Indiana]

Phil Heller has been announced as the new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of the Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana.

Heller’s hire was recommended by the search team to Crossroads Christian Church elders. Elders unanimously accepted the recommendation.

Heller was on the staff of Crossroads from 1996 to 2002 as student ministries pastor and high school pastor.

He was executive pastor for 13 years at White River Christian Church in Noblesville, Indiana, where he was responsible for providing direction for executing the church’s vision, mission and strategy and developing leadership among the staff and congregation, according to a release from Crossroads.

Heller has a bachelor’s in specialized ministries from Kentucky Christian University and is near to completing his masters in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

“I am excited about rejoining the tri-state community. And I look forward to pursuing the collective vision among Evansville area church leaders to see the Tri-State be a place where everyone flourishes.”
– Phil Heller

Crossroads Christian Church announces new lead pastor
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