Good Reading

After our President’s public affirmation of homosexual marriage and our recent posts about the general subject, here’s a helpful reminder from Kevin DeYoung about why Christian should continue to oppose gay marriage. Also, it may be helpful to read Andrew Sullivan’s post of support for the President’s announcement, if only to hear the hearts and feelings of those on the other side of this debate.

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David Murray has been doing a lot of thinking and writing about the importance of our bodies (a good reminder that gnosticism is still stupid). Professor, if you’re reading this, be assured that I’m paying attention and wrestling with what you’re thinking. And I’ve been trying to walk the dog more. In no particular order, here are some of those posts:

6 Ways to Avoid Burnout–an infographic
Learning from the Wrecker’s Yard (…down here in Indiana we call it a junkyard)–a video of the author’s concerns, especially about those in ministry
A Massage or a Message?–a response to this post from Scott Thomas, who may be over-prescribing spiritual solutions to physical problems

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“Returning to church, despite my doubts” by Andrew Palpant Dilley–articles like this short memoir can be helpful to those who love the church, love people and can’t always grasp why the two don’t get along. Although there are several things in the article I disagree with, I’m still thankful to read it, thankful she is back in the church, and thankful to be slightly more understanding of those wrestling with God.

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The realities of sermon prep: This was humble and mostly true. This was just hilarious.

3 Comments

  1. timbloedow May 10, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    DeYoung’s article was good as far as it went, but it could have been more theocentric. The more that Obama appeals to Christianity and a professed personal Christian commitment as the rationale for his support for homosexual “marriage” the more blasphemous and dishonest he’s being, which is to say, the more explicitly satanic, his position is. I’m sure some Christians are called to be “winsome” in addressing the issue. I’m also sure some are called to offer theocentric clarity in their messaging, and to honour the God of grace, truth and righteousness by declaring such blasphemy by someone of the human significance of the president of the United States exactly what it is. This is what LifeSiteNews reported Obama saying in relation to his support for SSM: “We are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others,” Obama stated, “but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing Himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule.”

  2. timbloedow May 10, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    I know his article wasn’t dissecting Obama’s comments, but in view of them, it might be worth noting that SSM is satanic and discussing the theocentric arguments against it as well as those related to human relations and ethics. Another key argument that gets one looking in a theocentric direction is that it is an inherently totalitarian idea (in contrast to the claims that SSM reflects a commitment to equality and liberty).

  3. zblackwo May 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    I was initially a little confused at the sermon-prep links, but I realized you were referring to an article farther down the page. The second link should now be http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/gospeldrivenchurch/2012/05/09/what-sermon-prep-actually-looks-like/

    Yeah, that’s definitely what my dad does every week. He’s more of an Ask Ziggy guy than Siri, but other than that it’s pretty spot-on.

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