O Lord, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart. Continue reading
As an addendum to When Satan Attacks or, “How to Train Your Dragon”, a few months ago I was reading in the greatest theological treatise of all time (you should know immediately that must be either Romans or Hebrews), and I noticed something I’d never noticed before. See if you catch it: “For the report of your obedience has reached to all, therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” (Romans 16:20)
Did you notice that shift in the last sentence? It’s not us crushing Satan under our feet, and it’s not God crushing Satan under His feet. It’s *God* crushing Satan under *our* feet. We can’t do this on our own, and yet He lets us participate in it. It happens not on our own power, but on our “watch” and in our presence, when we are obedient to God, wise, good, and innocent!
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me…”
The “shadow” of death?
What’s that? Continue reading
One of the most painful things about my stay in Israel was the complete and utter lack of … bacon. Of course, most people understand that the Jewish prohibition against eating bacon is part of a list of dietary restrictions that collectively determine when a food is “kosher,” or ritually clean for eating, according to the standards of religious law in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy in the Old Testament. Other victims of the rules of kosher include shellfish and cheeseburgers. Continue reading
Here are the few remaining defenses of pro-homosexuality theology I have been able to find. I hope that anyone reading this will engage the arguments with intellectual honesty and tenacity. If you’d like to comment feel free, just stay polite. (Note: This post is the third and final installment of a series dealing with homosexuality and Christianity. I encourage you to read the first post and second post before proceeding!) Continue reading
In my last post, I’m Christian, Whether You’re Gay or Not, I addressed the Christian and Biblical position regarding homosexuality. In short, this position is that homosexual activities are sinful (like many other things), but that forgiveness is available and change possible through Jesus Christ. I would like to be able to stop there since it is largely a positive presentation of the Gospel message. However, in the course of discussions with homosexual friends and relatives, I have been challenged on several points by what I will refer to as “pro-homosexuality theology.” Continue reading
Over the last several months an article titled “I’m Christian, unless you’re gay” has received an extraordinary amount of attention from people on all sides of the current culture war over homosexuality. The author’s premise is simple: Christians need to love gays instead of hating them. In fact, religious people of all types need to love gays instead of hating them. While of course I agree with these statements, I don’t tend to find articles of this “why can’t we all just get along?” sort to be very helpful: they are more helpful than the “God hates gays” type of thinking, but that is not saying very much. Continue reading
The Baltimore – Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church recently mailed the Pre-Conference Booklet for the 2012 Annual Conference. The Pre – Conference Booklet contains, among other things, an agenda for the conference, reports from various groups and committees within the Conference, and copies of the recommendations and resolutions before the 2012 Annual Conference. I was dismayed to find a resolution titled “Resolution on Evolutionary Scientific Thinking” included in the list of resolutions before the conference this year. Continue reading
Have you ever encountered this chart? It calls the traditional and Biblical definition of marriage into question by examining eight “definitions” of marriage that are described in the Bible. Its intent is to denigrate traditional marriage, to make supporters of traditional marriage appear bigoted or hypocritical, and to make appeals to the “Biblical definition of marriage” appear ambiguous at best. Continue reading