Instead of sin and redemption, heaven and hell, law and Gospel, or even essential v. non-essential, sexual choices have to do with best practices. Sexual engagements outside of marriage do not quite meet the mark of human flourishing but neither are they defiant offenses against a thrice holy God.
The ignorant reactive voices, most especially the barbarous yelp of bloggers, must be quieted so that the considered wisdom of the wise might prevail
Lives that look like world beaters can be beaten down pretty darn quick.
I wrote the article below in 2016, hoping to dissuade orthodox Anglican primates from attending a Primates Meeting that had been called by the Archbishop of Canterbury. My aim was to show that much damage to the orthodox cause is done by meeting with those who claim...
I had a chance to open my mouth in sentences beginning, “Jesus tells us…”
You know what is hard? Life in general. If you expect life in general to be easy peasy, parenting will be hard for you. And if you think that you are the center of your own universe, parenting will be the apocalypse, because the clash between you and the baby will be epic.
How many books by people of color do you have on your shelves? How about women? When you reach for a commentary do you inevitably grab one written by a white male? What about the Bible you read, were the translators mostly white and male? My guess is that you have...
A son, utterly devoted to his father’s brilliant literary legacy, has died. Requiescat In Pace
Much like the much confused American pursuit of happiness, which, having chucked the necessary element of virtue to the curb, has produced a generation of deeply unhappy people, so also recasting the purpose of parenting to be the rearing of a self-expressive child is bringing about the collapse of society. Think I’m being hyperbolic? I’m not. Children in this culture are unhappier than ever before and in any other place around the world.
About a year ago I posted the following on Facebook after reading an article by Joyce Meyer that advises Christian readers to read the bible, pray, and then, “follow your heart.” I wrote (with perhaps a bit of hyperbole): “Yes, check the bible. Yes. Pray. But no, do...
There are fair criticisms of churches’ historically extreme and even lethal takes on sexuality.
Just as God reveals himself to humanity in the Man Jesus Christ, so also you must reveal yourself to the world in some identifiable way. When you do this, your bravery and courage will bring harmony and healing to a broken world.
Fats Waller famously said of jazz, “if you don’t know what it is, don’t mess with it.” That should be the Reds’ approach to just war theory.
If an ordained leader in the church professes and truly believes the Creeds but promotes transgenderism and homosexual unions, should we accept him as a genuine brother and legitimate Christian teacher? The question goes to the heart of discipleship; what does it mean...
Apathy? Wow, sounds like a lot of church members, even clergy.
Matthew’s infancy narrative closes with the most intriguing of his claims to a fulfilment of Old Testament promise and prophecy.
There’s one part of Matthew’s infancy narrative that never seems to make the Christmas Cards or school plays.
When Matthew cites the opening words “out of Egypt I called my son” he evokes thoughts of much more than simply the fact of the Exodus. “Out of Egypt I called my son” is a lament, the tragic cry of a Heavenly Father who has poured loved upon his child, guided them like a parent holds a toddler’s hands to help them learn to walk, and yet now watches them run away from him.
Why would a “Christian” book have so much in common with a funny one about terrible corporate executive culture in one of the richest countries in the world? Indeed, I myself thought it was rather strange.
And so the Magi arrive. A band of travellers from the east arriving at the gates of Jerusalem to announce that the king’s reign has come to an end. Away with the old! In with the new! Everything is disturbed by the men from the east that God has sent.
On the Radar
The news of an amicable split of the church of my youth brings feelings of sadness for what could have been and hopefulness for what will be.
The persecution of Sandmann and the Covington Catholic High School students could easily happen to any of us.
Not So United Methodists
If a culture can be made to pervert something as foundational and long held as marriage, why not target elementary biology?
England. Fork. Some assembly required.
We heard that these people wanted equality, but what they really want is to rule us.
Where is the Church of England on all this? Nowhere at all, or rather on the wrong side entirely. Not a peep of support for those being persecuted for standing up for biology and biblical beliefs.
From its early Latin and Greek roots up until now, the word “proselytize” has referred to the practice of making disciples
Looks like the transsexuals are the new bosses of the alphabet mafia.
These events tell me that God is at work in the Church, but the process is often very slow, messy, and difficult. The debates we are having today—about gender, sexuality, race, justice, and more—may take some time to resolve. I feel confident they will continue well beyond my lifetime. This perspective should help keep us humble and focused on daily faithfulness.
Greater diversity in leadership, and the beauty of holiness: Bishop Cottrell sets out his hopes as Archbishop of York
Bishop Cottrell has also warned that the Church’s stance on same-sex relationships means that it is “seen as immoral by the culture in which it is set” and has suggested that prayers of thanksgiving for these relationships — “perhaps a eucharist” — should be offered
The ideals and rules which govern a society cannot require unanimity. That is the demand of relativism, which rejects authority in favor of flux.
The outspoken prelate became a global media celebrity after he objected to the reading of the Koran at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland.
At times, LGBTQ activists have dropped fake dollar bills or vouchers protesting the Salvation Army in the red kettles.
Hallmark has backtracked on its withdrawal of same-sex TV adverts after it came under fire from high profile members of the LGBT community, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg.
Equipping our kids might mean talking to them about difficult and uncomfortable subjects long before we’d like to.
Though the discovery of the Persian wall and tower was unexpected, when considering the historical sources, it is entirely unsurprising. The Bible discusses just such a wall, at length and in great detail.
In my youth, I had been numbed to the decadence that now was impossible to ignore. I started isolating myself from my peers in order to focus on my work and practice my faith.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Gay and lesbian activists, along with their bisexual allies, are about to be clobbered. They’re about to be decked. But not by those enemy evangelicals they have long resented and demonized.