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

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

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 gay in the church. Say what you will, gays’ and…

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Stand Firm!

Stand Firm!

Anthony Esolen speaks with astonishing accuracy and breathtaking power in the current Touchstone. (Did you notice I’ve begun advertising Touchstone here? Esolen is one reason you should read it.) After a short history lesson on the Arian controversy, he goes on to say, In our day, the issue is not Christology. We’re not so sophisticated in our heresies. The issue is sex. We’re encouraged to pretend that the child-making act is not essentially ordered to child-making. We must pretend that…

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On Phil Robertson’s Suspension: So It Begins

On Phil Robertson’s Suspension: So It Begins

My initial response to Phil Robertson’s suspension by A&E is best expressed by Theoden, at the beginning of the battle of Helm’s Deep, in The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings Trilogy. They, too, were fighting to defend their families against powerful aggressors. The “it” that I sense beginning (accelerating, actually) now is not some new culture war. It is the culturally- and legally-mandated suppression of Christian religious liberty, with people losing jobs and being faced with fines and jail…

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Another Way of Being Authentic: Yarhouse’s “Homosexuality and the Christian”

Another Way of Being Authentic: Yarhouse’s “Homosexuality and the Christian”

Book Review Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends by Mark A. Yarhouse. Is it true, as Dan Savage says, that people who agree with gay “marriage” and homosexual versions of morality can be good Christians, while we who disagree are necessarily bigots? I could see in a sense how that could be, if sexual preference and/or orientation were as basic to a person’s identity as, say, skin color. But there’s another of being authentic for same-sex…

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We’re Not All Like That, Dan Savage

We’re Not All Like That, Dan Savage

Our old friend Dan Savage is at it again, this time with a website saying “Christians are not all like that.” (You can search for it yourself; I don’t really care to link to it.) Not all like what? Here’s how he put it in his introductory video: … in my talks, Christians were forever coming up to me and saying, “We’re not all like that. We don’t all hate and condemn gay people.” I heard that so often I…

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The Day of Silence and Shallow Tolerance

The Day of Silence and Shallow Tolerance

Today is the Day of Silence “to highlight the effects of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment” in schools. Parents and teachers, you may hear questions from your youth about this; I regret I did not post this earlier. An End to Bullying First, I want to register my full support for putting LGBT bullying to a final and complete end. I’m told by a source I trust that as many as one-third of LGBT teenagers consider suicide. That’s horrifying. It’s likely…

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The Boy Scouts and Homosexuality: California Bullying

The Boy Scouts and Homosexuality: California Bullying

This news article on the Boy Scouts and homosexuality prompted a knee-jerk reaction in me, as I think it probably will do for many. That’s not helpful, and I admit it. It seems at first glance there’s bullying going on here, but what we need is clear thinking instead of emotional reflex. SAN FRANCISCO – California lawmakers are considering taking some tax exemptions away from youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members — a move intended…

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Treating One Another As Humans (Redux)

Treating One Another As Humans (Redux)

Yesterday a discussion that should have been about apologetics strategy went off-topic and toxic, and I deleted a large portion of it. I’m not into whitewashing or hiding, so if you want to you can read the PDF I saved. What remains on that page is what I hope will be of interest to Christians who want to be more strategic in their honest persuasive efforts. But I want to make a very pointed comment about something bigbird said (#29…

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Coming Out

Coming Out

CNN’s Anderson Cooper came out last week: The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy with myself, and comfortable, and proud. He also wrote, in an email to Andrew Sullivan, It has also become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me…

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