The Christian Reformed Church Corrects Course
Last month, the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) voted 123-53 to affirm that “unchastity” in the Heidelberg Catechism includes adultery, premarital sex, extra-marital sex, polyamory, pornography, and homosexual sex.
If you watched the synod delegates speak, it sounded more or less like an even split between those for and against the codifying of biblical sexuality. But what didn’t split evenly were the ages of those speaking. Often, those who argued for the welcome and inclusion of homosexual lifestyles had grey hair and wrinkles. Many of those... Continue Reading
Accountability and the Truth
Our spiritual lives, in some ways, are like a sewer system—if we don’t maintain it, things will eventually back-up and run out into the streets.
Accountability is only as good as the truth. If you want to grow in your sanctification, you have to be honest with Christ, yourself, your family, and your church. When you’re honest and admit your sins, your need for Christ, and your need for assistance, then you can begin to deal with your need for... Continue Reading
Same-Sex Marriage Sparks Divisive Debate at Twice-Delayed Lambeth Conference
Anglican bishops from all over the world began the Lambeth Conference recently amid a furious conflict over same-sex marriage.
On Tuesday (July 26), the Lambeth Conference revised “Lambeth Calls” after Welby met with the group. The revision now says, “Many Provinces continue to affirm that same gender marriage is not permissible.” It also says: “Other Provinces have blessed and welcomed same sex union/marriage after careful theological reflection and a process of reception. As Bishops we... Continue Reading
A Message to Church Leaders and Intercessors
Our exposure to the truth makes us far more vulnerable in God’s eyes. We need to pray for mercy often, and for the right reasons.
A key principle in looking at our situation is the way God holds cities (or countries) accountable based on the degree of knowledge they have about him and his will. In Matthew 11:20-24, Jesus condemned his own home-base town, Capernaum, saying that if the miracles done there had been done in Sodom and Gomorrah, they... Continue Reading
Protecting Christian Liberty In The PCA
At the 2022 PCA General Assembly, the majority agreed that separating from the National Association of Evangelicals was the way to better protect the consciences of its officers and members.
Over the last ten years, PCA members made several overtures designed to initiate the withdrawal of the PCA from the NAE. Each time these overtures were voted down. In this case, although it was clear that many within the denomination’s administration favored maintaining membership in the NAE … the vote from the floor was not... Continue Reading
Two Cheers for Religion
Religion used to be a generic category or even a positive synonym for the Christian faith.
I understand why we might want to distance ourselves from religion, but it would be better to redeploy the word than to reject it. We risk giving people the wrong impression about Jesus and affirm unbiblical instincts about true spirituality when we dismiss “religion” as antithetical to the gospel. Religion is one of those... Continue Reading
Deliberating by the Book
A historicist approach to constitutional interpretation is flawed; rather the PCA should follow a strict textualist approach, using historical and extrinsic evidence only where the text of the BCO or RAO is ambiguous.
If our documents do not accurately reflect the way we want to conduct the business of Christ’s church, then we should amend them to conform to our desired practice. If the text as written and adopted does not accomplish that which we know to be the original intent of the Assembly, then we need to... Continue Reading
Prism Holds First Annual Rainbow Gala at Hope College
As the debut of what will be an annual event that commemorates the hard work of queer and trans students, allies, and staff on campus, it showed to be a great success.
The queer and trans history on Hope College’s campus has not always been warm or welcoming. With Hope being a religiously affiliated campus there are many places on campus that haven’t been a safe space for queer and trans students to exist as themselves. A colorful display of celebration filled the space of the... Continue Reading
Message to the Christian Churches
“You’re Churches… attend to some souls!” Jordan Peterson’s Scathing Message to Churches
In a recent video, renowned psychologist and thinker Jordan B. Peterson made a scathing critique of the Church. He challenged churches to invite young men back — to make church a place where they are welcome. Here are my thoughts on several of Peterson’s points. Yesterday, Jordan B Peterson, a now-famous psychologist and philosopher,... Continue Reading
More Than 100 Florida Churches File Lawsuit to Leave United Methodist Church
Florida has emerged as an early indicator of what schism may look like as it begins to unfold across the United Methodist Church.
The lawsuit comes amid a slow-moving schism in the United Methodist Church largely over its stance on biblical sexuality and the ordination and marriage of its members who identify as LGBTQ. And, according to the head of a new, theologically conservative Methodist denomination that recently split from the United Methodist Church, it likely won’t be... Continue Reading