Monday, June 30, 2014

All Around the Web - June 30, 2014

Russell Moore - Questions & Ethics: Should We Teach the Story of Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery
Russell Moore explains how this passage clearly lines up with Jesus’ teaching throughout the Bible and why we should in fact teach this passage.

Albert Mohler - How Scalia's prophecy became a moral crisis
One year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, this much is clear: Justice Antonin Scalia is a prophet.

Back in 2003, when the court handed down the decision in Lawrence v. Texas, striking down all criminal statutes against homosexual acts, Scalia declared that the stage was set for the legalization of same-sex unions. That was 2003.

“Today’s opinion dismantles the structure of constitutional law that has permitted a distinction to be made between heterosexual and homosexual unions, insofar as a formal recognition in marriage is concerned,” wrote Scalia.

He was proved to be absolutely prophetic when, just ten years later, the court ruled in United States v. Windsor that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional — thus striking down the federal statute defining marriage exclusively as the union of a man and a woman.

Hershael York - 10 Unique Challenges That Make Ministry Unlike Anything Else
1. A pastor or church leader deals with the eternal and spiritual nature of things.
2. The second challenge is that a pastor’s role is prophetic in nature.
3. The pastor leads an army of volunteers.
4. In most churches the pastor has an unclear identity.
5. Compounding this problem is an increasing uncertainty about church polity.
6. The church expects the pastor’s family to be involved in his work.
7. Another challenge of ministry that results from the expectations of the congregation is the belief that the pastor should be the initiative taker.
8. The demand for originality is an especially burdensome and constant pressure.
9. One of the most frustrating challenges of leadership in the church is that churches often give the pastor or other leaders responsibility without authority.
10. Simmering below the surface of all leadership is the pastor’s friendship development difficulty.

Denny Burk - The future of gay marriage within evangelicalism

Practical Shepherd - How does a pastor deal with “Carnal Christians” in his church?
1)  Recognize there is no biblical category for a Carnal Christian
2)  Try to discern whether someone is simply unconverted, or just immature in their faith
3)  Involve solid believers in your church to evaluate those people with you
4)  Change the way you take in members into your church
5)  Preach the gospel

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