The Church Needs the New Homophiles
There is a group of Catholics who experience same-sex attraction. They accept the teachings of the Church on sexual morality. They do not act on their same-sex desires. They are chaste.
The New Homophiles insist that God made them gay, though the Church does not teach that. They insist that they have special gifts given to them through their same-sex attraction. That is certainly not in Church teaching. And they want Church teaching to reflect these assertions, which would amount to a change in Church teaching.... Continue Reading
A Word to Famous Pastors
The church is both blessed and cursed by its well-known pastors.
You have been given a public platform. You occupy the stage of various conferences. You help lead national and perhaps international ministries. People listen to you when you speak and write. Those men who pastor 100 souls will be responsible for much. Some of you serve churches of multiplied thousands. You will give an account... Continue Reading
The Sin We Don’t Speak Of
Everyone's is different, but the effects on us are the same. And when it rears its ugly head we are undone.
In God’s eyes, sin is sin. No amount of human ordering changes that for him. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). This sin is the great equalizer before him. There are no sins that are beyond his reach for cleansing and there are no sins that make... Continue Reading
Divine Mathematics of Salvation
Jesus plus anything else that you seek to add to His saving work will end in eternal loss.
Paul ties the everything together at the end of this letter when he explained that the Judaizers were seeking to avoid persecution for the cross of Christ, and were wanting to boast in the flesh (i.e. in human accomplishments). Put basically, it appears that the great error of the Judaizers was not merely seeking to add circumcision... Continue Reading
If the Lord Marks Iniquity, Who Should Stand?
If God requires perfect righteousness and perfect holiness to survive His perfect judgment, then we are left with a serious problem.
In our day we have witnessed the eclipse of the gospel. That dark shadow that obscures the light of the gospel is not limited to Rome or liberal Protestantism; it looms heavily within the Evangelical community. The very phrase “preaching the gospel” has come to describe every form of preaching but the preaching of the... Continue Reading
Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever
The truly good news is this: Jesus’s dreams for us are weightier than the pursuit of health, wealth, and personal success.
Don’t get me wrong: I believe wholeheartedly God wants to bless me. I believe God favors me. I believe he wants me to have the best possible life. But I also believe the good news of Jesus is far better than the prosperity gospel. The prosperity gospel climbs over people; Jesus descends to pick us up. The... Continue Reading
Missed Motherhood: A Casualty of the Sexual Revolution
Susan Shapiro’s article at The New York Times is as sad as anything I’ve read in a long time.
After entering her forties in a more secure situation, she decided to try and get pregnant only to find that she couldn’t. She had always said that she didn’t want the life of her mother, who begin having children at a very young age and who defied feminist expectation by becoming a stay-at-home mom. Shapiro... Continue Reading
God’s Grace in the Obstacles We Face
Because of our wayward hearts, God often places obstacles in our path.
When God places obstacles in our path, it is for our discipline and for our good. It is an act of love toward us as his children. Just as we withhold things from our own children that we know are bad for them, God does the same for us. But unlike us, God’s ways are... Continue Reading
Generalists Do Talk to Strangers
Based on my experience, here are some general hints that will help in meeting new people.
Generalists know a little about a lot. And, generalists, even if they are introverts, can talk to strangers for a few minutes. So, these people can be an asset in welcoming a wide variety of church visitors. Put some generalists to work as greeters. I am a generalist, and I enjoy reaching out to church visitors. What are the strengths of a... Continue Reading
Cross Fit Godliness
Genuine godliness comes by spiritual exercise
“With CrossFit-like enthusiasm, in 1 Timothy 4:7–8, Paul calls his son in the faith and other readers to the gym, and distinguishes useless workouts from useful ones. “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way,... Continue Reading