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Rhetorical Strategy in the Marriage Debate: People vs. an Institution

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Theodore Shoebat recently contacted thirteen gay or pro-gay bakers and asked them to bake a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words, “Gay Marriage Is Wrong” on it. He writes, “Each one denied us service, and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said that she would make me a cookie with a large phallus on it.”

It was a nice try at making a point, and surely it seems to reveal something, but even Christians have raised doubts as to …


David P. Gushee: The Scholar Who Should Have Been Hard To Ignore

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

It’s hard to ignore when a top evangelical ethicist urges believers to change our minds about homosexual relationships. David P. Gushee, who co-wrote the widely used textbook Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (IVP Academic, 2003), has just released Changing Our Mind: A call from America’s leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church.

It is the most thoughtful work I have seen so far in favor of gay and lesbian relationships. Gushee’s skill as a …

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Religious Freedom and SSM: Pastors Being Forced To Wed Same-Sex Couples

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Fresh on the heels of outrageous government encroachment into religious liberty on Sunday mornings in Houston, now we’re hearing of pastors being forced under threat of fines and imprisonment to violate their religious beliefs by performing weddings for gays:

Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal.

Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of …


Counterfeit Marital Love in Same-Sex and Straight Relationships

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Recently Bill L. has asked me to explain how my position on same-sex “marriage” squares with certain sociological facts about divorce. It seems he was thinking divorce was my major concern, whereas the fact is, divorce is only symptomatic of what I’m concerned about.

At any rate, he asked me whether my position implied that certain groups who have higher divorce rates should be denied the right to marry. It’s a strange question, to say the least—especially since his data actually supports my real position (which is …


Review: Matthew Vines’s “God and the Gay Christian”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Bible and Homosexuality

Matthew Vines’s God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships purports to be an in-depth explanation of biblical support for homosexual relationships. It’s provoked considerable discussion. I’ve read almost none of that discussion, so for better or for worse, these comments are my own.

This and other books like it include something vitally important for every Christian: an inside look at what it’s like to be …


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 …


Why We Must Teach On Marriage In the Church

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Tuesday Pastor-Teacher Focus

Before I get to far into this series, I need to explain why I think we need to teach on marriage in the church, in light of the same-sex “marriage” controversy. I don’t want you to think it’s primarily a political thing. For me, that’s pretty far in the background. Not that I’m unaware of it, but it’s not the main thing motivating me. My guess is that if it were only about politics, it would be a hard thing for many …


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