March 29, 2013

A Common Sense Argument Against Same-Sex "Marriage"

In the currently raging controversy over "marriage equality" one simple fact seems to have been overlooked:

Homosexuals already have the right to get married. . . . They just don't want to.

A gay man can marry any woman he chooses. A lesbian can marry any man she wants. They simply don't want to get married. Because that's what marriage is: a union between a man and a woman. Homosexuals don't want marriage. They want something else entirely, and they want the rest of us (the government in particular) to treat this union as if it were a marriage. This is utter nonsense.

March 25, 2013

The New Liberalism

I recently finished reading J. Gresham Machen's landmark book Christianity and Liberalism. It was written in 1923 during the fundamentalist/modernist controversy. For those who don't know, the controversy was essentially a battle between Christian conservatives and their theologically liberal counterparts. Machen wrote in response to the theological liberalism (or modernism) that had crept into many institutions which had once been solidly orthodox. Bible-believing Christians were being crowded out of the very churches and schools they had founded, institutions which were started in order to propagate the historic Christian faith. Machen argued that this new theological modernism wasn't merely a new species of Christianity, or even a refurbishing of the old faith. It was, rather, a new religion entirely. The liberals weren't Christians at all, but they had taken the Church by surprise because they sounded oh so very Christian. The liberals, Machen said, were using the "reassuring employment of traditional phrases . . . [in order] to maintain an appearance of conformity to the past." [1] As my pastor is fond of pointing out, just because we have the same vocabulary, doesn't mean we're using the same dictionary.

March 18, 2013

Should Christians Read Fiction?

I recently stumbled across this interview with Russell Moore on the value of reading good fiction and literature. As someone who reads (a lot) I've often wrestled with my priorities in reading. How much time should I devote to reading? Should I read fiction, or focus all my time on non-fiction books that will help me to understand and apply Scripture? Should I be spending more time reading Scripture instead of books about Scripture? As those who've been commanded to "redeem the time" (Ephesians 5:16), all Christians should be asking these kinds of questions about their hobbies. (How can I best use my time to bring glory to God?) But reading is particularly important for the believer. We are, after all, people of The Book. Reading well in general helps us to read God's Word well in particular. As someone who has reflected on this quite a bit, a lot of what Moore has to say resonated with me. He says it much better than I can, so, in his own words, here are some of the best bits

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