Saturday, September 6, 2014

All Around the Web - September 6, 2014

Albert Mohler - The Osteen Predicament — Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel
The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed in the background. It is a hard video to watch.

In her message, Victoria Osteen tells their massive congregation to realize that their devotion to God is not really about God, but about themselves. “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God–I mean, that’s one way to look at it–we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we are happy. . . . That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy. . . .”

The Gospel Coalition - Should I Attend a Same-Sex Wedding?
Probably sooner than later, every Christian must decide whether or not you will attend a same-sex wedding. Those of us who are pastors will also need to be ready to give advice to church members. I’ve chewed this one around, in my own thoughts, with my elder team, and with others. I offer these preliminary thoughts, in the form of Q&A, to help you make your own decision.

Our churches should welcome all individuals, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. We should also seek to be faithful to the teachings of the Bible and the 2,000-year history of the Christian church. There are times when our values will appear to be at odds with our wider culture. The current climate surrounding the definition and expectations of marriage is a significant example.

True Woman - 5 Things Not to Do in Your Marriage
Romantic love never grows old. It's a theme in classic literature, a thread through every Shakespeare play, and the storyline of countless Hollywood movies. But every writer, poet, and storyteller is only retelling a story already told. Romance originated with God. It is one of God's amazing creations. What a mind to be able to create something like romantic love.

Even before the world broke with sin, the first man's heart longed for the sweet romantic love of a bride. And God made him one.

WORLD MagazineHow Do Reporters Cover Israel?
Matti Friedman was an Associated Press reporter and editor in Jerusalem from 2006 to 2011. He has lived in Israel since 1995 and been reporting on it since 1997, so his indictment of mainstream press coverage of Israel carries some weight. 

In the wryly titled “An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth,” Friedman notes that during his time with the AP the agency had more than 40 staffers covering Israel and the Palestinian territories—far more than the AP had in China, Russia, or India, or in all of the 50 countries of sub-Saharan Africa combined.

Radical - Now that David Platt is at the IMB, What Happens to Radical?
Last week, it was announced that Pastor David was appointed president of the International Mission Board (IMB). We posted a video in which David explains how the Lord led him to this role and what that means, but we want to be even more clear about what this means for Radical.

While there will be some obvious changes in the nature of Pastor David’s work, Radical’s role as his resource ministry will largely stay the same. Whether you’re new to Radical or you’ve been following us for some time, here are some things you can expect in the future:

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