November 27, 2014

Guest Raises Questions about Premarital Sex

Note from CM: One of our regular commenters asked permission to engage the community in a sensitive but relevant discussion. Contemporary culture is saturated with sexuality, and younger people today have grown up in a world where access to sexual materials and depictions of all kinds is remarkably easy and former societal standards regarding sexual […]

11 Years of Same-Sex Marriage: A Canadian Perspective

In yesterday’s post Chaplain Mike asked “How do you envision your pastor, church, denomination, tradition responding to this new reality?” I have a slightly different perspective on this, as being in Canada I can look backwards to see has transpired.  In my home province of Ontario, same sex marriage has been legal for over eleven years. […]

The Balance Has Tipped

Comments on this post are now closed. Thank you for a good discussion. . . . It was a good week for same-sex marriage advocates. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions to review cases about the issue in states including Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. But the effects are wider. Because the […]

The Church, Youth, and Sex – Did I Report It Wrong?

I am a huge Ed Stetzer fan. I follow a grand total of 14 people on twitter, and he is one of them. Ed, by the way, has 125,000 following him! So who is Ed Stetzer? Here is his bio in Christianity Today: Ed Stetzer is the President of LifeWay Research Division, a prolific author, […]

Ashamed!

Let me be clear. This post is not about homosexuality. This post is not about what the Bible does or does not say about the topic. This post is not about the rightness or wrongness of the decision of World Vision USA to open up employment to those in same-sex marriages. This post is not […]

The Real Issue (that no one wants to talk about)

Thanks for a lively discussion. Comments closed. Note: This post contains frank content of a sexual nature. Note 2: This week, the Christian world has been abuzz about the World Vision decision and the reversal of that decision. Tomorrow, Mike Bell will address that issue specifically. Today’s post grows out of some self-examination that came […]

Sex Is Not Arithmetic

How I wish Christian teachers and leaders would talk honestly to people about sex. The other day I read an article about a video Tim Keller did for Jonathan Bethke. The article was called, “Timothy Keller Waxes Poetic About the ‘Magic’ and Pleasures of Sex in Marriage.” Now, that headline oversells the actual claims Keller makes […]

Relating to Augustine

A recent discussion in the blogosphere caught my attention, especially for the issues it raises for churches, pastors, and ministry leaders these days. It started with Derek Rishmawy’s post, “Who Are You Sleeping With?” My Conversation with Timothy Keller. Rishmawy describes going to the 2013 TGC conference and attending a breakout session with Dr. Keller on […]

David Fitch Recommends Taking “No Position” on LGBTQ Relations

Introduction from CM A couple of pastors I admire in my denomination have impressed me with how they have responded as church leaders in light of the ELCA’s decision regarding homosexuality in 2009. This is going to sound counter-intuitive, but they both basically decided to ignore it. They did not make a big deal about […]

Is Jeff Cook on to something here?

I read a thoroughly thought-provoking post by Jeff Cook over at Jesus Creed today. He suggests (though he is not yet at the point of conviction about this) that the inclusion of Gentiles and the way that happened in the early church might provide guidance for the Church today with regard to our homosexual sisters […]