The Balance Has Tipped

Comments on this post are now closed. Thank you for a good discussion. . . . It was a good week for same-sex marriage advocates. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions to review cases about the issue in states including Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. But the effects are wider. Because theContinue reading “The Balance Has Tipped”

The Church, Youth, and Sex – Did I Report It Wrong?

I am a huge Ed Stetzer fan. I follow a grand total of 14 people on twitter, and he is one of them. Ed, by the way, has 125,000 following him! So who is Ed Stetzer? Here is his bio in Christianity Today: Ed Stetzer is the President of LifeWay Research Division, a prolific author,Continue reading “The Church, Youth, and Sex – Did I Report It Wrong?”

The Real Issue (that no one wants to talk about)

Thanks for a lively discussion. Comments closed. Note: This post contains frank content of a sexual nature. Note 2: This week, the Christian world has been abuzz about the World Vision decision and the reversal of that decision. Tomorrow, Mike Bell will address that issue specifically. Today’s post grows out of some self-examination that cameContinue reading “The Real Issue (that no one wants to talk about)”

Sex Is Not Arithmetic

How I wish Christian teachers and leaders would talk honestly to people about sex. The other day I read an article about a video Tim Keller did for Jonathan Bethke. The article was called,¬†“Timothy Keller Waxes Poetic About the ‘Magic’ and Pleasures of Sex in Marriage.” Now, that headline oversells the actual claims Keller makesContinue reading “Sex Is Not Arithmetic”

Relating to Augustine

A recent discussion in the blogosphere caught my attention, especially for the issues it raises for churches, pastors, and ministry leaders these days. It started with¬†Derek Rishmawy’s post, “Who Are You Sleeping With?” My Conversation with Timothy Keller. Rishmawy describes going to the 2013 TGC conference and attending a breakout session with Dr. Keller onContinue reading “Relating to Augustine”

David Fitch Recommends Taking “No Position” on LGBTQ Relations

Introduction from CM A couple of pastors I admire in my denomination have impressed me with how they have responded as church leaders in light of the ELCA’s decision regarding homosexuality in 2009. This is going to sound counter-intuitive, but they both basically decided to ignore it. They did not make a big deal aboutContinue reading “David Fitch Recommends Taking “No Position” on LGBTQ Relations”

Is Jeff Cook on to something here?

I read a thoroughly thought-provoking post by Jeff Cook over at Jesus Creed today. He suggests (though he is not yet at the point of conviction about this) that the inclusion of Gentiles and the way that happened in the early church might provide guidance for the Church today with regard to our homosexual sistersContinue reading “Is Jeff Cook on to something here?”

How the ELCA Dealt with the Issue of Homosexuality

Let me begin on a personal note. The 2009 ELCA decision to approve their social statement on human sexuality, with its provisions for homosexuality, have never been on my radar in terms of why I choose to affiliate with the ELCA. I explained in this morning’s post that these things have never been “hot-button” issuesContinue reading “How the ELCA Dealt with the Issue of Homosexuality”

Chaplain Mike’s “Agenda”

In the comments on yesterday’s post, some of you questioned my motives and my “agenda” for discussing Bible verses that directly address the subject of homosexuality. Well, let me lay it out plainly for you. To be perfectly honest, this is not something I would prefer to talk about. It has never been an issueContinue reading “Chaplain Mike’s “Agenda””