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“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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Jesus’ Final Words: John 21

Monday, April 1st, 2013

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Jesus’ First and Last Words

John is the gospel of glory. It speaks of the glory of the Father (John 7:18, 9:24, 11:4, 11:40, 12:28, 12:43, 13:32: 17:1). It tells the glory of the Son (John 1:14, 2:11, 5:41, 8:54, 12:41, 13:32, 17:1, 17:5, 17:22, 17:24). It tells of the glory imparted to believers in God through Christ (John 5:44, 12:43, 17:22).

The word glory is nearly archaic. …

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Slavery and Freedom

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Skeptics criticize the Bible for not condemning slavery, with some taking it to such an extreme level that they refuse to recognize the clear historic good that Christianity has done in freeing slaves. I think we need to think more deeply about slavery and freedom.

Freedom has classically been understood not as freedom-from, but as freedom-to. Freedom-from has to do with restrictions: freedom from interference, from want, from boundaries, and so on. Calls for freedom of this sort are typical of the …


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