In my previous post on gender, sexuality, and the gospel, I wrote about three gospel principles/themes that come up in 1 Peter for Christians living in a culture largely opposed to Christianity. Based on those principles, in this last post, let me propose five basic ways we can engage our culture on the issues of gender … Continue reading Gender, Sexuality, and the Gospel (Part 3)
In this second post on gender and sexuality, I want to address what gospel-driven and Scripture-based principles give us a foundation for practicing a life of love and truth in the midst of cultural opposition when it comes to gender and sexuality (and many other issues, mind you). The general culture is quickly becoming more … Continue reading Gender, Sexuality, and the Gospel (Part 2)
Over the next week, I'm going to write three posts addressing gender and sexuality through the lens of the gospel. In this first post, I want to provide an overarching biblical vision for gender and sexuality that will help explain why Christians believe what they believe about these issues. Why do Christians believe that transgenderism and same-sex relationships (and … Continue reading Gender, Sexuality, and the Gospel (Part 1)
Part 3 of a 6 part series. View series intro and index. It’s hard enough to communicate with people who have different worldviews and come from a different culture—whether they are from across the street or another continent. Communication gets harder when it travels over gender lines. Add to this fact that we usually arrive with personal … Continue reading Pitfalls in Communication: Clouding the Truth
Augustine of Hippo, the great Christian theologian of the 4th Century, struggled mightily with sexual addiction before his conversion to Jesus. In his autobiography, Confessions, he writes about his problem between figuring out what was love and what was lust in his early life: Bodily desire, like morass, and adolescent sex welling up within me … Continue reading Distinguishing Between Love and Lust
As of Friday, December 26, I am engaged to be married to Carly Anne Forsman. She loves Jesus, hates sin, is crazy enough to want to be a pastor's wife, and reads Charles Spurgeon and John Piper. Ah, what more could a man ask for? Many of you know that I'll be in South Africa … Continue reading I’m Going to Marry an Amazing, Jesus-Loving Woman
Here's an interesting story on Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rob Bell, Emergent Church guru, is the pastor there and it seems as if he has stepped further across the line against the sufficiency and authority of Scripture as they now allow women elders in the church.