August 16, 2011

Our new Elders’ Prayer list is up on the church website. So is this past Sunday’s Sermon (Romans 1:18-23).

The struggle to maintain an authentic voice in relation to homosexuality while at the same time loving the sinner is, and will continue to be, a delicate balancing act for the sensitive church. Here’s an account of how part of the struggle looked for the large Willow Creek Church in Illinois. The five principles at the end of the article will be important for Bowman to digest and implement. This is a timely article in that I will to some degree address the issue of homosexuality this coming Sunday.

Here’s Phil Johnson taking on Mark Driscoll. Again, I do appreciate Mark Driscoll. I want to be clear about that. However, I struggle with his non-cessationist position. If the Word of God will make a man competent and equipped for every good work (2Tim 3:16-17), why would anyone need anything else? I realize some might accuse me of being overly simplistic. I’m a simple guy.

“Ironically, when we live as if our personal story is at the center of our universe, we struggle to find meaning and significance. But when Christ is at the center and we are pushed to the periphery, it is then — and that place of seeming obscurity and insignificance — that we find true worth and value, by giving glory to the crucified and risen King with whom we can become united through faith.”  — Trevin Wax

(HT: Of First Importance)


4 Responses to “Destinations”

  1. denise Says:

    Homosexuality is a tuff issue. One of my cousins died of aids. 6 mos before he died he left that life style in New York came back to Calif and rededicated himself to Christ. His lifestyle caused tremendous challenges between his parents and thier Christian friends. To bad Grace was not given to that family.
    4 of my friends and i walked the Aids Walk 2 yrs.I believed in the research aspect of it but found them tied to things I couldn’t agree with being done in schools. While there at those walks had opportunity to talk with some people. They asked about Christians views on the issue. It was great to have a calm conversation with them. One of the girls talked with left that lifestyle 1 and a half yrs later. I don’t know if she became a Christian but it was wonderful to see her out of there.

  2. Chloe Says:

    That article on Driscoll is so interesting. I’ve never heard/read that about him.

  3. Brian Says:

    Hybels addressed this really well. He was very gracious and is an excellent speaker.

  4. Mark Says:

    Denise and Brian:
    It is a tough issue. Personally, it is one of those topics I’d rather avoid. Denise, I appreciate your involvement in the past. Not many evangelical believers are willing to enter the fray. Pray that the Lord blesses on Sunday.

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