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The Politics of Gay Marriage (God gave them up, Part 1)

I always get in trouble when I make this argument (like that’s anything different), but I’ve yet to hear a counter-argument other than “I don’t like this result.” I don’t like it either. But it is what it is. In … Continue reading

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The Politics of Gay Marriage (Powers, Part 2)

So what is the Christian to do with these powers, rulers, and authorities? Serve them or defeat them? Richard Beck offers a third alternative based on his reading of Hendrik Berkhof’s Christ and the Powers (translated by John Howard Yoder). To … Continue reading

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The Politics of Gay Marriage (Powers, Part 1)

This brings us to the obscure but important NT teachings on principalities and powers. (Rom. 8:37-39 ESV)  37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  38 For I am sure that neither … Continue reading

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The Politics of Gay Marriage (Exiles)

A major theme of 1 Peter is that Christians are “exiles.” (1 Pet. 1:1-2 ESV)  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,  2 according to … Continue reading

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The Politics of Gay Marriage (Citizens of heaven)

Next, we need to consider some teachings of the Bible that we tend to ignore. You won’t find many sermon outlines based on these passages in Church of Christ sermon books — or in evangelical literature generally. We begin with … Continue reading

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Book Recommendations?

I get emails — Dear Jay, I was hoping that you might have a few moments to help a young preacher find some good books. I am trying to build my library with some of the greatest books available; the … Continue reading

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The Politics of Gay Marriage (Framing Observations)

I wrote a series of extended comments regarding the politics of gay marriage in response to multiple questions from the readers. I’ve re-written them a bit. We need to begin with some framing statements regarding God and humanity. I believe … Continue reading

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Songs Without Notes: A Meandering History of Hymnals and Vocal Music, with Rant — Part 6

From the comments: Bob wrote, Put another way, edification is sacramental as well. Exactly. In fact, I’d add “… and especially.” The common definition of a sacrament accepted by the Reformed and Roman Churches is that of an outward and … Continue reading

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From the Comments: Further on whether the scriptures are sufficient

Following up yesterday’s post, reader David commented, If there has been no personal indwelling of the Spirit directing and guiding Christians since the death of the apostles then, the New Testament is highly suspect. Early churchmen collected, sifted, and sorted … Continue reading

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Divorce & Remarriage: Reading in light of covenant theology (Part 2)

Reader Gary mentioned an article by Hugo McCord on Matt 5:32, which neither of us has found. I responded — Gary, I can’t find the McCord article, and what I have found from McCord is rife with legalistic assumptions. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

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