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Posted on April 24th, 2015 by Jonathan
This evening, thousands around the world will gather for Secret Church 15: Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action. In light of this, our Well Said today will feature one article from the past week on each of the topics to be covered.
Abortion: Tennessee passes wait period, licensing mandate for abortion centers, Courtney Crandell, WORLD
Orphans and Widows: Adoption Doesn’t ‘Fix’ Kids, Kelly Rosati, Christianity Today
Poverty: Fields of Faith, Keri Carpenter, Samaritan’s Purse
Slavery: Explainer: What You Should Know About the Human Trafficking Bill, Joe Carter, Acton Institute
Sexuality: 4 reasons why we’re asking you to #PrayForMarriage, Phillip Bethancourt, ERLC
Ethnicity and Immigration: Racial Reconciliation and the Church, Tony Evans, Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement
Liberty and Persecution: Religious Liberty Is Not Freedom From Ridicule, Russell Moore, ERLC
Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Jonathan
Just Call Me Henry: Pastor Curtis McDaniel shares an experience from years ago in Alabama, when his white congregation linked arms with a black congregation in town. The lessons he learned are invaluable and instructive.
Superior Women: In speaking of the blessing that a godly wife is to her husband, Douglas Wilson says, “She is where his strengths are manifested and come back to bless him.”
The Seed of Divorce: Every marriage has in it seeds of divorce, says Tim Challies. “The question is not whether those seeds are or will be present in a marriage, but what we will do with them.”
Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Jonathan
America’s Greatest “Right”: Sex Without Consequences: Jonathan Pokluda illuminates what’s really going on in America: “There’s a new fundamental ‘right’ in the U.S. today. You won’t find it in the Declaration or Constitution, but it trumps every right listed there…”
The Dead End of Sexual Sin: “It was only after I met my risen Lord that I ever felt shame in my sin, with my sexual attractions, and with my sexual history.” Rosaria Butterfield shares what she has found to be effective in her personal battle with sexual sin.
Reflecting on the Indiana RFRA and a final question for the cultured despisers of religion: In what may already seem like “old news,” Denny Burk explains the importance of the RFRA debacle in Indiana last week. “In short, religious liberty took an epic beating last week. And the focus of the attack seems to be on evangelicals.”
Why is a Wedding Any Different?: “Why might a Christian refuse to attend, cater, or participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony?” With great clarity, Kevin DeYoung points out why gay weddings are exempt from some common objections raised against Christians refusing to participate in a same-sex ceremony.
Marriage and the Supreme Court: A Call to Prayer: In light of the important decision on same-sex marriage that is expected to come down soon, Russell Moore calls Christians to pray.
Understanding the Definitions of the New Sexual Tolerance: Rob Schwarzwalder dives into the meaning of the words transphobia, homophobia, cisgenders, and heteronormative to see what is behind them all and to reveal the dangers of such a mentality.
Panel on Homosexuality and the Church: Justin Taylor hosts a panel with Kevin DeYoung, Jackie Hill Perry, and Josh Moody.
Posted on March 27th, 2015 by Jonathan
Woman Who Wrote Pleading Letter to Brittany Maynard Has Died. With Dignity.: Kara Tippetts died this past Sunday, after a three-year-long battle with cancer. In stark contrast with the death of Brittany Maynard, whom she reached out to, Tippets fought for more time with her family, believing that “all our moments are precious gifts.” Tippetts walked closely with the Lord, and she suffered and died well.
Always Care, Never Kill: Ryan Anderson offers an academic and technical argument against physician-assisted suicide. His paper engages those who are proponents of it with excellent research and insight. If you’d like to listen to an interview with Anderson about his paper, Andrew Walker asked him about it here.
5 Reasons to Rejoice in Persecution: Tim Challies “was recently studying 1 Peter 4 and found 5 reasons that we can and should rejoice even now when we are persecuted, or even in that day when we face much greater persecution.”
Put Laziness to Rest: Continuing on from a previous post for Desiring God, Paul Maxwell shares five things we should rest from... all of which combat the inclination we have toward laziness. “Stop withdrawing from a world that doesn’t exist — one in which you think you have to control everything or else it crumbles.”
Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Jonathan
The Two Cups: Scott James has just published a new family Easter devotional: Mission Accomplished. This post (“Day 5″) will give you good taste for the format and focus of this valuable family worship tool. “To bless us with the cup of the new covenant, Jesus would take the painful cup of wrath.”
When orphan care goes bad: Russell Moore on why adoption is not for everyone: Contrary to what the title may lead you to assume, Russell Moore is arguing for adoption in this Washington Post article. He’s just arguing that it needs to be done right, by families who are aware of potential risks and well equipped to confront them.
Moms Need Theology Too: “If you had to choose between studying theology and reading a book on practical tips for your daily life, which would you choose?” Christina Fox clearly shows that theology is vital to the day to day tasks required of mothers.
Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting: “No matter how much the revolutionaries protest to the contrary, children do still need a mom and a dad,” says Denny Burk. He cites an article by Heather Barwick, who writes from experience.
Posted on March 13th, 2015 by Jonathan
Collin Hansen: “Counter Culture is the most controversial book I’ve seen in at least the last decade mostly because [David Platt] restates the teaching of Jesus and his Word without any qualifications, with little attempt to cast such demanding beliefs in a way that would appeal to modern readers.”
Albert Mohler: “It presents a very direct biblical examination of each of the issues. In every case, Platt argues directly from Scripture and from the strongest resources for Christian moral argument. His cause is moral, but his grounding is consistently biblical and theological.”
Tim Challies: “In every case Platt outlines the issue, shows how the gospel speaks to it, and then calls the Christian to action. . . . Inevitably some will wonder how this book compares to his bestselling book Radical, and I would say it has all the passion and intensity, but with far more nuance.”
Andy Naselli: “When I read this book on an airplane last fall, parts of it made me cry. All of it fired me up.”
Posted on March 6th, 2015 by Jonathan
Drop Box: Following the ministry of a South Korean pastor, this extremely well done documentary film powerfully depicts the sanctity of life and shows why Christians should care for orphans.
How NOT To Be a Racist: This thoughtful piece by Bryan Lorrits gets at the heart of the racial divide that still exists in our country. “Those who confine themselves to their own culture, and never come out to richly taste and engage in others will unfortunately remain completely unaware to life’s not so sweet realities, and in the process will become unaware of themselves.”
Parenting Means Wrestling Demons: Proclaiming biblical truth with the anecdotes of experience, Jonathan Parnell reminds us that while Jesus loves the little children of the world, Satan hates them. “If we go into the work of parenting with a Precious Moments romanticism, it won’t be long before despair sets in. It’s just too hard if we think it’s going to be easy. It’s essential to know, especially when the going gets tough, that we are fighting hell.”
ISIS Isn’t About Jobs: “ISIS is being as provocative as it can be precisely because it wants to bring about the end of days according to its understanding of Islamic teaching.” Rob Schwarzwalder then illuminates why the response of Western leadership is, in many ways, impeded due to their denial and/or misunderstanding of ISIS’s religious motivations. “Secularists simply have great difficulty grasping that religion actually motivates behavior.”
Why Do We Plant Churches Among the Unreached?: The first of a series of posts titled 3 Ways Engaging Other Nations Brings More Glory to God, Kevin Peck clearly sets the stage with a clear and concise explanation of the biblical call to cross-cultural missions. “From Genesis 1 to Genesis 12:2 to the Prophets to the Great Commission we can see God declaring His glory through His people to all nations. God’s economy is founded on his blessing of a people who will become a blessing, so that others may glorify him.”
Posted on February 27th, 2015 by Jonathan
How Memorization Feeds Your Imagination: This is the first of 5 posts in which Joe Carter gives us tools to improve our ability to memorize Scripture. “By the time this series is complete you’ll be able to memorize short lists (such as the Ten Commandsments), learn techniques for memorizing long and detailed lists, and have memorized—and be able to recall—thirty key events from the fifty chapters of Genesis.”
Four Unthinkable Conversations: This creative piece by John Knight shows the lunacy of aborting babies who test positive for disabilities in the womb. He goes further, saying that such abortions actually serve as strong evidence for discrimination against the disabled and must be met with protective legislation.
Which Comes First–The Race or the Arrest?: “When asked whether it mattered that Garner was black and all the officers on the scene were white, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said, ‘I personally don’t think race was a factor.’ But it’s not that simple.” Bethany Jenkins goes on to explore implicit racial biases, how those can lead to unfair policing, and how the gospel is the solution.
Stand with Barronelle Stutzman: Washington’s attorney general offered to settle with the Christian florist he filed a law a law suit against, but she didn’t bite. Read her stirring response in which she courageously stands for truth and freedom. Then stand up with her.
Posted on February 20th, 2015 by Jonathan
Does Islam Inevitably Lead to Violence?: Caleb Greggsen thinks that the better question to ask is “whether or not there is a legitimate place for violence within Islamic tradition. The answer is yes.” Later in the article, he says, “Islam may raise up soldiers willing to kill for their cause. We must be willing to die for ours.”
The Real Faces Behind the Gay Issue: A story from Jasmine Holmes: “Sometimes we can get so bogged down in the issues that we forget that all issues belong to people — hurting people. Lost people. Alienated people. People just like us before Jesus stepped into our lives (1 Corinthians 6:11).”
Wash. floral artist’s home, savings at risk of state seizure after court ruling: “A government that tells you what you can’t say is bad enough, but a government that tells you what you must say is terrifying.”
Sin: Can’t Live With It, Won’t Live Without It: Tim Challies reflects on the tricky reality that, though he’s been changed, he still sins. “I am owned by God and subject to him. My relationship to sin has been radically transformed.”
Posted on February 13th, 2015 by Jonathan
It’s no coincidence that 50 Shades of Grey was released the same weekend as Valentine’s Day. The cautionary articles below offer different – yet similar – takes on the immorality of 50 Shades and expose the distorted image of love it portrays.
On 50 Shades of Grey
Why “50 Shades” is not the same as biblical submission: “To compare the biblical concept [of submission] to the perversions of 50 Shades is either highly dishonest or severely misinformed.” – Denny Burk
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Fighting for Purity (and Not Watching 50 Shades of Grey): “The kind of sexual immorality that will be depicted in Fifty Shades hurts people, literally and physically.” – Heath Lambert
The best kept secret behind “50 Shades of Grey”: this pop-culture phenomenon reveals a problem even bigger than the book’s content: Many women are dissatisfied. And they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.” – Katie McCoy
50 Shades of Nay: Sin is a Needle, Not a Toy: “Before you buy a ticket and some popcorn — or before you talk to a friend who wants to read the books or see the movie — I want to put ten of God’s promises before you.” – Marshall Segal
No Grey Area: “If the church cannot extend grace to sexual sinners, we’ve lost the heart of the gospel. And if we cannot tell people to stay away from 50 Shades of Grey, we’ve lost our minds.” – Kevin DeYoung
50 Shades of Grey: Pornography and Normalizing the Bizarre: “Upbringing, socialization, advertising, the Internet, and other aspects of our society have rendered an enormous number of Americans incapable of seeing the beauty in romantic love as God created it.” – Bart Barber
Rejecting the Industrialized Sex of ’50 Shades of Grey’: “I want to offer a few modest suggestions for how Christians can recover sex from industrialization . . . ” – Joe Carter
On Biblical Love and Intimacy
Remembering the Unquantifiable Love of God: “Real love isn’t something you can measure. The love God has for us is beyond numbers and can’t be tallied.” – Christina Fox
Valentine’s Day Hopes: “This yearly celebration of romantic love sometimes produces more disappointments than diamond sales.” – Carolyn Mahaney
10 tips for purity in singleness: “Why do we even want to fight for sexual purity when our desires seem so natural and good—and often feel too powerful to control?” – Colleen Chao
23 Things That Love Is: “With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, here’s a gospel-centered reminder about how to love. But, you don’t have to be romantically in love to find this list practical.” – Paul Tripp
Fearful of Being Single: What would you say to someone who fears being single? – Winston Smith answers [VIDEO]
Your Online Relationship Could Affect Your Marriage: “Valentine’s Day is around the corner. There will be someone who looks like they are simply having a better time than you are. Are you ready to view it and rejoice with your friend?” – Trillia Newbell
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