September 26, 2014
March 28, 2014
I hate to mention the issue of homosexuality, but I think this post is helpful. Kevin DeYoung deals with why this issue isn’t like other areas where Christians might disagree. This issue isn’t like the millennium. As DeYoung writes: “At its root, support for homosexual behavior is not simply a different interpretation of Scripture; it is a rejection of Scripture itself.”
Ever struggle with depression? Here are 8 Causes of Spiritual Depression.
Jen Thron has 5 Hard Things to Pray for your Husband.
I encourage you to read Salvation in a Dementia Ward. Sometimes God takes us to some pretty dark places.
March 26, 2014
March 25, 2014
The big news yesterday on the evangelical front was World Vision’s capitulation to gay mirage. Many articulate voices have expressed their criticisms. If you are interested, here are John Piper’s, Russell Moore’s, and Denny Burk’s opinions. All of them are pretty much spot on. If you only read one take on the issue, read Carl Trueman’s. No one, except for maybe Doug Wilson, says it better.
How do we handle a bad mood? I appreciate Tim Challies‘ encouragement.
Today oral arguments started before the Supreme Court in the government’s case against Hobby Lobby. We need to pray for this situation. Our religious liberties are at stake. Often slippery-slope arguments are fallacious. This case does represent a true erosion of religious liberty. If the government can force corporations to supply abortion-inducing drugs, it seems that it might force other actions that are contrary to one’s religious beliefs. What is next?
This kid is going to be good …
March 3, 2014
There are several free books worth grabbing. How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home is free for Kindle. For those interested in linsanity you might want to pick up Jeremy Lin: Faith, Joy, and Basketball. It is free. If you have some form of Logos software (which is free) Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians is free.
The marriage wars are over. Homosexual marriage is a fait accompli. The Supreme Courts Windsor decision last year sealed the deal. It is to the marriage wars what D-Day was to WWII. It is only a matter of time before it is VE Day. What is left to be determined are the terms of surrender. What is this going to cost Bible believing saints? It might not cost anything. More likely, a disdain for homosexual marriage will be treated in a way similar to race issues. Believers will face fines for merely living in a way consistent with their religious views. Ross Douthat maps out the possible directions this all might go.
If you are interested in the climate change debate, be sure to watch this video. It is not science; it is a cult.
February 28, 2014
Like everyone else, I have an opinion about what happened in Arizona the other day. My opinion is no better than anyone else’s. Rather than explicitly tell you what I think, let me let others, who are much more eloquent, speak for me.
First, I appreciate this quote by Rich Lowery. It sums up the issue perfectly. The italics are mine.
The question isn’t whether businesses run by people opposed to gay marriage on religious grounds should provide their services for gay weddings; it is whether they should be compelled to by government. The critics of the much-maligned Arizona bill pride themselves on their live-and-let-live open-mindedness, but they are highly moralistic in their support of gay marriage, judgmental of those who oppose it and tolerant of only one point of view on the issue — their own.
—Rich Lowery, “Brewer’s Foolish Veto“
Second, as usual, Doug Wilson is brilliant in analyzing what is happening in our country. I encourage you to read this entire article (several times). Here is a quote (once again the italics are mine):
In the pre-civil rights era, segregation was imposed and enforced by the government making laws that prohibited private citizens from undertaking any free market integration on their own. When that folly came crashing down, as it should have, some thought it would be a good corrective to prohibit a private citizen running a public business from making such sinful choices on his own. But this was just the coercive hand of the state from the other direction, a heavy hand that is now being used on evangelical photographers and bakers.
Laws should be used to combat crime, not sin, and certainly not faux-sin. What the legislation in the civil rights era ought to have done was strike down every form of the government’s own discrimination against blacks, and its mandating of discrimination elsewhere, and left it there. If Bubba still wanted to exclude blacks from his ribs joint, then that was Bubba’s problem, and Bubba’s loss. Everybody’s money is the same color.
December 28, 2013
World Magazine’s title is “Duck Dynasty wins! GLAAD loses!.” Even if I didn’t watch DD, I’d be happy about this. What I’m not happy about is the fact that it happened. Someone merely expressed his Biblical views about a particular activity, and he was fired. The only reason Phil is back is because A&E is trying to make money and they realized their cash duck was gone. This is a temporary “win” in a war that will continue to rage. Christians have the high moral ground but not the high rhetorical ground. As long as homosexuality is cast with things like race and gender, the baseless charge of discrimination will lurk. We need to love those who are oriented toward this sin and yet insist that homosexuality is just another sin in the long list of sins that we all are oriented towards. Simply saying homosexuality is wrong doesn’t make me a homophobe any more than saying that adultery is wrong makes me a heterophobe.