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Jesus Never Said Anything About Homosexuality?

October 18, 2014 | Author:

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Gay Marriage Advances: Now What?

October 18, 2014 | Author:

By Alliance Defending Freedom

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Same-sex marriage is now legal in Arizona. A ruling today by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick will keep state officials from enforcing a law passed in 1996 and a 2008 constitutional amendment approved by voters that protected marriage as between one man and one woman. Arizona now joins nearly half of the states in the country which have had same-sex marriage imposed upon them by the judiciary and not through the will of the people.

While this news is troubling, there are at least two ways we should NOT respond, because both wrong responses reject three important truths about marriage.

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Love Letters – The Art of Communication

October 17, 2014 | Author:

As I consider the perspective my children have on communication—surrounded as they are by a plethora of means of instantaneous connection with others, with information, and with entertainment—I realize that this inundation of connectedness in which it takes but the tap of a screen to feel at least superficially linked, is perhaps engendering, not deeper relationship and connectedness with others, but ironically a profound sense of isolation. Never truly left to figure out let alone express anything on their own—always told what, why, and how to proceed—our children are nonetheless surrounded by deep moats.

In a great incongruous reversal, connecting has become too easy; maybe it has come to the point that it is so easy it is no longer communication at all. Is no one really working at expression? No one really listening? Andrew Kern once said something to the effect that we live in a world of competing monologues (A Contemplation of Nature). In a world where neither the writer nor the reader expects to exert any energy to reach across the voids between us, we may have to consider a reality in which communication, understood as the meeting of minds, is perishing.

In order to truly appreciate words—spoken as well as written—we need to work both at expressing ourselves and at listening to others express themselves. Doesn’t the love of others need to outweigh the cost of the effort for minds to meet? Is this not the unfathomable beauty expressed by the Creator in the Incarnation of the Word?

Although I probably find myself at odds here with everyone from the Masters Fowler to Misters Strunk and White, I need to stake a claim: communication—spoken and written—is most assuredly not the sole realm of experts trained in rhetoric and persuasion, nor is it the sole milieu of the creative writer; it is the inheritance of all men.

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A Case for Early Marriage

October 17, 2014 | Author:

By Justin Deeter

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The Taboo of Early Marriage
People don’t get married anymore. If they do, then it is much later in life. In fact the age of marriage is continually going up in our culture to where it is pushing thirty. Not only has this been the trend in the culture, but I have seen this trend begin to take place in the church as well. It is my personal belief and conviction that this can be harmful to human flourishing and a great hinderance for godly families within the church.

Early marriage has become taboo in our culture. Getting married at a young age of 20 or 21 will get you some strange comments from others, including other Christians (Trust me, I’ve experienced them). However, I think we need a revival of early marriage among Christians. I think there are several reasons younger Christians need to begin adopting this counter cultural practice by marrying early.

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Seduction And the Cost of Saying ‘No’

October 16, 2014 | Author:

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Many of us have long been aware of the many seductions our culture offers which leads to the great seduction or who we’ll ultimately follow. But it bears repeating. Every Christian will face and have to deal with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life in America and elsewhere. That goes without saying.  The author does point out that our particular culture is very rich with these temptations, so much so it is the American way of life. Most of us can’t see past or through it. I am not sure we know how affected we are.

This poses a very real problem and garners very real consequences. Mostly that is this, that it is perfectly acceptable in our culture to go without living the Christian life all together and that is the great seduction. It is also very easy to live what appears to be the Christian life here also. On closer examination it is one principled by lust, pride, and personal glory. That also is one of our enemies in hiding. (more…)

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Rethink Harvard’s Sexual Harassment Policy

October 15, 2014 | Author:

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In July, Harvard University announced a new university-wide policy aimed at preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence based on gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

The new policy, which applies to all schools within the university and to all Harvard faculty, administrators, and students, sets up the Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution to process complaints against students. Both the definition of sexual harassment and the procedures for disciplining students are new, with the policy taking effect this academic year. Like many universities across the nation, Harvard acted under pressure imposed by the federal government, which has threatened to withhold funds for universities not complying with its idea of appropriate sexual harassment policy.

In response, 28 members of the Harvard Law School Faculty have issued the following statement:

 AS MEMBERS of the faculty of Harvard Law School, we write to voice our strong objections to the Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures imposed by the central university administration and the Corporation on all parts of the university, including the law school.

We strongly endorse the importance of protecting our students from sexual misconduct and providing an educational environment free from the sexual and other harassment that can diminish educational opportunity. But we believe that this particular sexual harassment policy adopted by Harvard will do more harm than good.

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Are the Kids Really Alright?

October 14, 2014 | Author:

Editor’s Note: You’ll probably get a headache reading this and the headache is case in point. We’re looking in the wrong place for answers (science), going to great lengths to do so, and as always looking at data after the fact. After the damage is done. Don’t be confused by the swap of terms, ‘data’ for ‘consequences.’ It is no surprise that we are saying, “We’re having a hard time recognizing the consequences of our actions.” We’ve failed to look to scripture from the start, which tells us what the outcome of all this will be.

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There can be no more contentious issue in sociology than whether same-sex couples do as good a job raising kids as married biological parents. As state after state in the US opens the door to same-sex marriage, judge after judge has affirmed the “no difference” thesis. The kids are OK. Occasionally a social science study even finds that kids do better when they grow up with gay parents.

The sentiments of California Judge Vaughn Walker, in his 2012 decision overturning Proposition 8, have been repeated numerous by judges ruling in favour of same-sex marriage:

“Children raised by gay or lesbian parents are as likely as children raised by heterosexual parents to be healthy, successful and well-adjusted. The research supporting this conclusion is accepted beyond serious debate in the field of developmental psychology.”

Beyond serious debate? That’s a big call. A big bluff, even.

Not long afterwards a sociologist at the University of Texas Austin, Mark Regnerus, collected data from 3,000 adults in a project called the New Family Structures Study. After some complicated number-crunching, he found that adults whose parents had a same-sex relationship have lower educational attainment than adults who grew up with both married biological parents. They were also more likely to be welfare recipients, experience depression, smoke, and be arrested.

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Responsible Manhood: Treating Women With Respect

October 14, 2014 | Author:

Editor’s note: The author makes a differentiation between ‘boys’ and ‘men’ which I don’t think is a fair statement about boyhood. We get his point, but I would like to point out further that there are many a noble and pure boy who is earnestly about the ways of godliness and should be honored for his faithfulness. The appropriate word the author is looking for is pervert and/or fool.

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From the article,

Jennifer Lawrence was exploited by hackers who stole, posted, and distributed nude photos of her, but she, and so many other women, are exploited by a society that is convinced and comfortable that men should treat women as sexual commodities, online or in a relationship.

And that’s another reason that men need to act like men.

In this installment of our Act Like Men series, we’re going to take a look at how men—acting like men—relate to women. Simply put, men acting like men don’t fit Lawrence’s description.

Men—and from this point forward I refer to men as those acting like men, and the rest as childish boys—don’t resort to pornography when they are unsatisfied and don’t turn their girlfriends or wives into porn objects.

Childish boys do that.

Boys seek their own fulfillment, no matter the cost to the objectified woman. To a boy, a nude picture of his girlfriend is no different than the porn he regularly scans online. Boys see women’s bodies as currency to be acquired and traded. To a boy, a woman is no different than a baseball card that ends up in his wheel spokes, damaged and discarded.

And, the males searching and sharing such pictures are just boys.

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France’s Fight for Traditional Family

October 14, 2014 | Author:

Anti-same sex marriage activists of the anti-gay marriage movement 'la Manif pour Tous' protest during a demonstration, a few hours after the French Parliament adopted gay marriage law at the Assemblee Nationale on April 23, 2013, in Paris, France. The bill was approved by a vote in Parliament of 331 to 225. (Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

Anti-same sex marriage activists of the anti-gay marriage movement ‘la Manif pour Tous’ protest during a demonstration, a few hours after the French Parliament adopted gay marriage law at the Assemblee Nationale on April 23, 2013, in Paris, France. The bill was approved by a vote in Parliament of 331 to 225. (Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

The gestational surrogacy and the assisted reproduction for people of the same sex, were actually underlying effects of the first piece of legislation on marriage for all sexes in 2012.  What belonged to the natural state of a human being would be legislated by political ideas. That is why, considering the public outcry that started two years ago, and thanks to a deeper debate, the government is now strictly opposed to the legislation of gestational surrogacy.

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The Manipulation of Feminists to Man’s Own Ends

October 14, 2014 | Author:

By Dr. R.C. Sproul,Jr., published by Highlands Ministries

Abortion—He Has the Right to Her Own BodyRoot Causes of Abortion
You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain
James 4:2.

Seeking to stop the slaughter of the unborn by merely declaiming abortion is like building a bridge by starting in the middle. James reminds us that we murder because we lust. Statistics tells us that nearly 9 of ten women who get an abortion in America are unmarried. That is telling.

Abortion & Related Sins
Too often we in the evangelical church have taken a binary approach to the problem. Either we separate the sin of abortion from all its related sins and give our time and attention there, or we decide it’s a heart issue, and our only hope is mass conversion. (Forgetting the hard truth that 1 of 6 abortions in America is procured by a professing evangelical.)

Feminism
Abortion, in the end, is a heart issue. And it is a good thing to seek its end. But in between these two poles we have the great evil of feminism. Now please don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying we have abortion because the women folk have gotten uppity. Nor that the central claim made by movement feminists, that “reproductive freedom” is the lynchpin of women’s liberation, is at fault, however foolish the idea might be. Rather feminism is the bedrock of our culture of death because it was designed by men to remove obligation, and any barriers to our sexual desires, our lusts.

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Be Ready to Answer Your Kids’ Questions About the Bible

October 13, 2014 | Author:

Be Ready to Answer Your Kids’ Questions About the Bible

By Jon Bloom at Desiring God

Kids are thinkers. They ask good and sometimes hard questions. My kids have asked me some of the hardest theological questions between ages 5 and 8. They’ve queried me on comparative religion, death, eternity, heaven, hell, Jesus and the cross, and what about all those people who have never had a chance to hear the gospel? Interestingly, these questions tend to come at bedtime. But frankly, I don’t care if they are at times bedtime-stalling techniques; such questions are always worth staying awake to talk about.

One of my children repeatedly pressed me with questions like, “How do you knowthat Christianity is the right belief?” That naturally led us to talking about the Bible. Who wrote it? How is it God’s word if men wrote it? What makes it different from other religions’ holy books? How do we know it doesn’t have mistakes in it? What does it not tell us?

Christianity stands or falls on the reliability, inspiration, and authority of the Bible. Children pick up on that early. We tell them that they should trust the Bible. At some point they will (and should) ask why (if they feel it’s okay to ask). So here are a few answers (in language I would speak to my 9 year old twins) that might be helpful for some mealtime (or bedtime!) discussions.

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When Jesus is a Cartoon

October 13, 2014 | Author:

By Kara Murphy published at Highlands Ministries

A Cartoon Jesus in Children's Bible StoriesChildren’s Bible Stories

In the Sunday school classrooms in which I taught years ago, each weekly lesson had a main idea that we repeated over and over. Platitudes such as “God loves me,” “I am special to God,” and “We are kind to one another” filled the teacher’s manual. Curiously, we did not see “God is angry at the wicked every day.” Unfortunately, twentieth century American Christians more often take our cues from Frobel and Montessori than from the Word of God. If we are to train up a generation of God-fearing Christians, we must change both the methods and content of what we teach our children. Yet, how can we communicate the immensity of the Word of God without overwhelming our little people? There is a tension between simplifying complex concepts and trivializing life-changing doctrines of the faith.

We must begin by choosing our children’s Bible story books carefully. As a former editor, I have had the opportunity to evaluate dozens of new Bible story books. Frankly, most are abysmal. Before choosing a children’s Bible story book, look to see if the writer uses words like “sin” and “judgment.” If the illustrations pass your family standards, be sure to emphasize that they are an artist’s representation of a real story.

We must fight against the “cartoon-ization” of the Bible and its message. Although there is nothing wrong with the medium of animation per se, if our children do not understand the difference between the account of Jonah and the story of Nemo, we will continue to see the generational breakdown that has characterized the last few generations of American Christianity.

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How the Pro-Family Movement Helped Spread the Abominable & Detestable Crime Against Nature

October 11, 2014 | Author:

The “gay marriage” steamroller is in the news again, with another big win in the courts. Pro-family people across the country are wringing their hands in anguish. How is this happening? Well, it’s about time we started being honest with ourselves. In many ways, the biggest help to the homosexual cause has been the dishonesty, incompetence, and cowardliness of the pro-family movement itself in dealing with this issue.

On Monday, Oct. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not review any of the seven appeals from five states where federal judges had “struck down” the states’ bans on “gay marriage.” This decision not to act is seen as a major blow.

It is not altogether final. There are two other federal cases pending, and if either of those rule to uphold the ban (which is likely) many experts predict that the Supreme Court will then take it up and decide. In particular, the Sixth Circuit is most likely (though not certain) to rule to uphold the ban.

However, it looks to be a losing court battle in the long run. Just a decade ago no one would have dreamed that the federal court system would be forcing such a perverse thing on Americans, especially where they’ve voted overwhelmingly against it statewide.

How did we get to this point?

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The Good Marriage

October 11, 2014 | Author:

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The Sacred Walls of Home

October 11, 2014 | Author:

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The benediction that falls upon the homes of a country is like the gentle rain that descends among the hills. A thousand springs are fuller afterward, and along the banks of a thousand streamlets flowing through the valleys the grass is greener and the flowers pour out richer fragrance.

Homes are the springs among the hills, whose many streamlets, uniting, form like great rivers society, the community, the nation, the Church. If the springs run low the rivers waste; if they pour out bounteous currents the rivers are full. If the springs are pure the rivers are clear like crystal; if they are foul the rivers are defiled. A curse upon homes sends a poisoning blight everywhere; a blessing sends healing and new life unto every channel.

Homes are the divinely ordained fountains of life. It is not by accident that men live in families rather than solitarily. The human race began in a family, and Eden was a home. The divine blessing has ever rested upon nations and communities just in the measure in which they have added to these original institutions and have kept marriage and the home pure and holy; and blight and curse have come just in the measure in which they have departed from these divine models, dishonoring marriage and tearing down the sacred walls of home.

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