Tuesday, September 24, 2013

All Around the Web - September 24, 2013

Russell Moore - Is It Good News That Cohabitation Rates Are Stalling?

So even living together, with no covenant of permanence, is seen as too repressive and stifling? That’s not good news, when the replacement is even more transient sexual encounters and broken relationships.
There is good news here though, I think. The good news is that this is one more indicator that the sexual revolution is, ultimately, boring. Marriage and family can be discarded, but, in time, their proposed replacements become the new norm, and it’s time for the revolutionaries to rebel again. That can only go on for so long before a broken and bored people begin to wonder what else is there out there?
This is an opportunity for our churches to reclaim the mystery of marriage. We believe in sexual chastity outside of marriage, and in the permanence and exclusivity of the marriage covenant not because it’s a “traditional value.” We believe in it because there’s a reason why human beings flourish with marriage and family stability, and why the loss of these things leads to breakdown and boredom.
Marriage isn’t accidental but is embedded in the universe as a picture of something: the union of Christ with his church (Eph. 5). Jesus doesn’t use his Bride. He doesn’t keep his options open. He and his Bride are one-flesh.

There’s freedom and joy in that gospel, and in its sign. When our neighbors wonder whether there’s more life than ephemeral “relationships,” let’s be ready to point to the ancient newness of the ties that bind us to one another, and liberate us to love and be loved.

Justin Taylor - David Platt Interviews Mark Dever on Evangelism and Discipleship | Click the link for all of the videos.

Marvin Olasky - Waiting for the outrage over Craig James’ firing

Zachary Abate reported this morning on the sacking of Craig James by Fox Sports. His crime: Saying early last year, when he was unsuccessfully running for the U.S. Senate, that homosexuality is “a choice” that Christians should oppose, and that he opposed giving “benefits to those civil unions.”

I’ve been waiting for an explosion of columns criticizing the firing. After all, ESPN did not fire another sports analyst, Chris Broussard, who called homosexuality a sin on the air—so why is Fox Sports getting rid of James for a view he expressed not even on the job but in a political campaign more than a year ago? Must we all now pledge allegiance to the unproven determinist view that no one who engages in homosexual activities has even the slightest amount of volition in doing so?

Holocaust denial is a problem because the evidence for Nazi mass murder is overwhelming. Macroevolution denial and humans-causing-global-warming denial unfairly keeps scholars from getting jobs in academia, and that’s a problem because those 21st century heresies concern theories that aren’t proven, but at least those blacklists are about issues directly job-related.

Christian Post - Russell Moore: End of Cultural Christianity in America Is Opportunity for Church to Recover the Cross

Southern Baptist theologian Russell Moore challenged his fellow Christians to recover the Church's prophetic voice by first transforming the Church from the inside to reflect the hope of the kingdom of God to the world, and to not lose sight of the Cross as their central mission. Moore was delivering his inauguration speech Tuesday as the new president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Early in his speech, Moore signaled that his approach to political engagement would be different than a previous generation of Christian political activism.

"We can no longer pretend we are a moral majority in this country," he said in reference to the early Christian Right organization founded by Jerry Falwell. "We are a prophetic minority who must speak into a world that is not different than any other era of this world's history, but is exactly what Jesus promised us the world must be."

There would be three aspects, Moore continued, to the ministry of the ERLC under his guidance: kingdom, culture and mission.

The Telegraph - Mikhail Gorbachev admits he is a Christian

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi.

Accompanied by his daughter Irina, Mr Gorbachev spent half an hour on his knees in silent prayer at the tomb.

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