Before you blast me for the very title, please hear me out. I’m posting this blog as a genuine invitation for good, logical, critical feedback. I don’t intend to be offensive and I don’t mean any harm by this post. Please hear me out; please read what I say....
Yesterday I wrote about U2. I said that they stand amongst the most influential Christians in the world. If that statement bothers you, at least read yesterday’s post to see why I say that. In any case, I have a lot of respect for U2, and I see a lot...
I recently re-read Rob Bell’s best selling book Love Wins and was pleasantly shocked at how much of it I agree with. Well, I agree with about 80% of it. The problem is that the other 20% is not just off, but terribly wrong and misleading. In any case,...
As we continue to look rather thoroughly at Romans 1, I can’t emphasize enough how important this passage is for the debate about Christians and homosexuality. In fact, without Romans 1, there would be much more ambiguity about what the Bible says about same sex relations. As we said many...
If we simply follow what Jesus said about same-sex relationships, we’re going to be a bit disappointed. In all of His commands about how we should live or not live, many of which included sexual behavior, one thing is unambiguously clear: Jesus never mentioned homosexuality. He neither condemned it...
Earlier this week, a group of 21 Egyptian Christians, members of the Coptic Church, were beheaded. The accusation against them: they were "people of the cross, members of the hostile Egyptian Church." This unfathomable act was carried out by ISIS—an act of barely veiled evil, supposedly done in service...
In the last two posts, I’ve explored the ancient Roman context of homosexuality. This, of course, will help color in the borders of the portrait that the New Testament paints—and yes, we’ll get to the New Testament in due time. I don’t want to attempt to broadcast what the...
I often hear in recent discussion about the Bible and homosexuality: “Since homosexuality as a sexual category was unknown to Paul, he could not have critiqued it.” The implication is that when Paul talks about same-sex activity in Romans 1 and elsewhere, he must have had something more specific, something...
In his recent book, The Theater of God's Glory: Calvin, Creation, and the Liturgical Arts, David Taylor chooses John Calvin as a conversation partner to discuss what role the arts might play in the worship of the church. Calvin is an interesting choice of dialogue partner for this discussion, not...
The other day I was startled by this verse: “And they laughed at him” (Matthew 9:24b). One helpful tool for studying the Bible well is to be on the lookout for emotional language. Like noticing when Jesus wept (John 11:35) or when Paul pleads rather than simply asking (Rom....
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