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Homosexuality: Why Does God Declare Homosexual Conduct Sinful? Part 1 (the Image of God)

Strictly speaking, this question is irrelevant. After all, God is — by definition — wiser than we mortals. It should not surprise us that we sometimes can’t understand God’s purposes. (Deu 29:29 ESV)  “The secret things belong to the LORD … Continue reading

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Todd Rhoades: Why Your Church is Mediocre

Wise counsel from Todd Rhoades — 1.  No evaluation.  Do you evaluate anything? … 2.  Tolerance of mistakes. If you allow things as simple as mistakes in the bulletin, or unplanned worship services… your church is screaming mediocrity. … 3.  Poor maintenance. … Continue reading

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Homosexuality: If Gay Marriage is Contrary to God’s Will, Shouldn’t It Be Illegal? Part 5

7. On the other hand, there is a prophetic role for the church to confront the wickedness of the government. I struggle to reconcile 6 and 7 and would welcome any help with that. It’s easy to find examples of … Continue reading

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Carey Nieuwhof: 11 Signs Your Church Will Soon Be Extinct

Insightful post from Carey Nieuwhof — 1. No sense of urgency 2. Urgency about the wrong things 3. Decline has made you cautious 4. Success has made you cautious 5. Your affection for the past is greater than your excitement for the future … Continue reading

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Homosexuality: If Gay Marriage is Contrary to God’s Will, Shouldn’t It Be Illegal? Part 4

5. The laws our government enacts and the decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court impact the culture of our nation. Not always, but often, a change in the law results in a change in culture. When the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Gone to the Beach

I’m headed to the beach for a week. Destin, Florida, to be exact. My plan is … well, I have no plan. I’m packing several books people have asked me to read and review. No promises, because I’m also packing … Continue reading

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Sarah Rainer: Six Guidelines for Ministers Who Counsel

Interesting post from Sarah Rainer on guidelines for pastors (ministers, in the Churches of Christ, of course) who counsel. Also for elders. 1. Competence A lack of training in counseling and mental health issues would indicate that a pastor should … Continue reading

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Homosexuality: If Gay Marriage is Contrary to God’s Will, Shouldn’t It Be Illegal? Part 3

Some principles 1. The United States is not a theocracy and not the Kingdom. Although Rome had been a republic governed by a senate for many years, by the time of Jesus and his apostles, Rome was an empire ruled … Continue reading

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Homosexuality: If Gay Marriage is Contrary to God’s Will, Shouldn’t It Be Illegal? Part 2

The government seen positively Well, even though I’m a lawyer, I took no political science classes. (Math major. Ask me about cosines sometime.) And the Bible does not give a complete theology of good government. But it does speak of … Continue reading

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Homosexuality: If Gay Marriage is Contrary to God’s Will, Shouldn’t It Be Illegal? Part 1

Remember: my goal is not to provide a final, definitive answer. My goal is to lay out some principles that must be considered to reach a final, definitive answer. As always, the readers are invited to discuss, and maybe even … Continue reading

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