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Jesus, Authority, and Knowledge

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Jesus Christ  came to inaugurate a new Kingdom entirely under his own authority. Inevitably this produced a clash: one does not simply claim authority as king where another is already enthroned. Jesus’ Kingdom was “not of this world,’ yet even so it got him crucified.

In the surface it sounds like a classic political power struggle. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll find that Jesus’ authority challenge was like no other. If you’ve never seen this, you’ve never understood Jesus Christ.

Authority Structures: Government, …

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Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach (Book Review)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Book Review

For some time now I’ve been recommending Girgis, George, and Anderson’s What Is Marriage as the best available explanation for why marriage is for a man and a woman. It’s still on my list, but from this point on, for Christian readers in particular, I have another recommendation to make ahead of that one: Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet’s excellent new book Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage. I shy away from saying this in my reviews, …


“Gay Christianity:” Matthew Vines’s Empty Argument From Silence

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Is there such a thing as gay Christianity? Just over a week ago, Michael Brown and Matthew Vines met on Moody Radio’s “Up for Debate With Julie Roys” for an online/radio conversation on that question. The two have taken opposite positions in books they’ve each released this year.

Last week in their debate (starting at 30:40), Vines repeatedly pressed Brown on the question, “Can you cite me any first-century text that refers to long-term, committed same-sex relationships?” His purpose in asking was to …


Certainly Wrong: Are We Making Harold Camping’s Mistake?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Bible and Homosexuality

Harold Camping was certain the world would end on May 21, 2011. He was convinced that was what the Bible said. You might say he was certainly wrong.

He wanted to deliver a warning to those who disregard the Bible. It ended up being a warning to those who misuse the Bible. We, too, could be certainly wrong.

How would we know? There are ways.

Lessons From Harold …


“Can You Be Gay and Christian?” by Michael Brown

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Bible and Homosexuality

Book Review

Can You Be Gay and Christian?: Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality by Michael Brown.

The question of homosexuality keeps moving inward on Christianity. Once it was, “can you be gay and be accepted in secular society?” Later it became, “can you you be gay and be accepted in liberal churches?” Now, with the publication of books like Matthew Vines’s God …


Recommended: “That’s a Great Question” by Glenn Pearson

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Just a real quick notice for you about a great book. I’ll start with two disclaimers.

First Disclaimer: I received this book for free. Well, actually, that’s not much of a disclaimer after all: I got it for free several weeks ago the same way you can today (January 31, 2014): by the publisher’s offer made to everyone. It’s Free Today Only.

Second Disclaimer: Glenn and I first met a very long time ago, when we were both musicians with Campus Crusade for Christ. …


Marriage In the Bible: Just a Few Isolated Passages?

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Among the many mistakes made by supporters of same-sex “marriage” is their view that marriage in the Bible rests on a few isolated passages of Scripture. A WikiHow page says,

Actually, the Bible says little on the subject; the usual citations are from Leviticus and Romans; nothing about it is mentioned in the 10 Commandments, and Jesus is silent on the subject.

Lately JB Chappell has been making a similar point. But if they're going to say that …


When Teachers Contradict Christianity: What To Say To Your Child

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Friday Parent Focus

Last Friday I spoke on dealing with the schools when they undermine the faith. There’s one more person involved that I didn’t mention: your child. What do you tell your child when teachers contradict Christianity?

Suppose your child were in a classroom where the teacher said the Bible is a book of fables. Suppose also the teacher retracted that statement, strictly on the grounds that it’s illegally discriminatory for him to say that in class. Your child would still wonder whether …

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Your Preacher Isn’t Telling You the Truth (?)

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Book Review: Raw Revelation: The Bible They Never Tell You About by Mark Roncace.

Your preacher is hiding the truth from you. (So says Mark Roncace.) You’ve probably never read the Bible. Neither has your preacher, probably. Nor (apparently; I’m reading in to his meaning here) have the writers of the commentaries, nor the seminary professors.

You’ve been served a “poached” version of Scripture, not the real thing, and you’ve swallowed it whole. But it’s not just your preacher’s fault. You’re unwilling …

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