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Why Homosexuality Isn’t A Sin

May 17, 2013
Rothko - Pink, Gold, Red

We all have an innate sense of right and wrong, of good and evil. We all have moral law written on our hearts. We don’t all have perfect knowledge of that moral truth and we all fall far short of living up to moral standards, but in general we recognize the universal and transcendent nature […]

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“These enemy dogs who reject the things of God”

May 13, 2013
Conquistadors praying before a battle

Janie B. Cheaney, in her World Magazine post “How to lose an argument” seems to have just discovered that Mark Driscoll is a “lightning rod.” This is a surprise to her because in her mind Driscoll’s focus has always been on spreading the gospel. She links to my piece on Driscoll’s dismissal of careful exegesis […]

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Are you planting trees or just cutting them down?

May 11, 2013
Oak

Are you planting trees or just cutting them down? Are you making coffee or just drinking it? Are you the main character or part of the supporting cast? Are you reading sentences but missing the story? Are you talking about Jesus instead of showing who Jesus is? Are you teaching the “truth” instead of living […]

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Rebuke Him!

November 2, 2012
Rebuke him!

Christians often cite Luke 17.3 as commanding us to condemn sin in the lives of other Christians: “If your brother sins, rebuke him.” This is sometimes followed by a reference to Ephesians 4.15, where we are admonished to “speak the truth in love.” Given these clear teachings, Christians are to eschew timid tolerance in favor […]

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Love vs. The Bible

October 29, 2012
Love vs The Bible

I’d like to take a more focused look at one of the criticisms I discussed in my post All You Need Is Love. Specifically, progressive Christians are often accused of overlooking, ignoring, tolerating and even accepting clearly sinful behavior because of their infatuation with love. This is perhaps no more evident than in the ongoing […]

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All You Need Is Love

October 24, 2012
All you need is love.

One criticism that I’ve heard leveled against progressive (liberal!) Christians is that they have an “all you need is love” theology — that they essentially neglect the Gospel, overlook sin and ignore God in favor of vague platitudes that advocate peace and love at the expense of Christian orthodoxy. If one understands this position as […]

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Who’s Your Neighbor?

October 12, 2012
Neighbor?

“A man was going down from Great Falls, Montana to Boise, Idaho and ran off the road in a snow storm. He crashed into the ditch and lay there, bloody and wounded and half dead. “Now by chance a Baptist preacher was going down that road, but when he saw the accident he passed by […]

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