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I want to talk about a principle that relates to this broader discussion of politics. In fact, I want to talk about two things that are related and are especially important ideas during an election season. The first is the question, Does God take sides? And the second is on the issue of partisanship, in other words, arguing for and defending your own view. Here are my two basic convictions regarding these two questions. First, God does take sides. Second, partisanship is not only good, I think it is morally required precisely because God does take sides.
Four key points of knowledge kids should know before they leave high school by Scott Klusendorf
Unpleasant, hostile, conniving, catty, arrogant, complainer, gossip-- Christians with traits like these bring discredit not just on themselves, but also the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of my callers had a valid question. He asked if there is such a thing as mean-spirited Christians. My answer was, yes, Christians do all kinds of bad things, unfortunately.
I heard very, very sad news this last week, and many of you are aware of this. A very well known evangelical leader in southern California has stepped down from ministry because of sexual indiscretion. He has offered his resignation and it was accepted in his church. I'm not going to mention his name right now because it's not really that important. Those of you who know, know; and those of you who don't, don't need to know. But you need to know this....
Principle #1: Exercise complete dependence on God.
I am astounded in many ways by why it is so difficult for us as a church to simply follow the directions. Why is that so hard? I'm talking about how the church comports itself and how it marshals its efforts in order to have the kind of impact that God intends it to have in the world. It is not even clear to me anymore that the church – speaking in generalizations now, and there are always exceptions –even knows what it is all about, what it is meant to do.
Can you be both charitable and immoral?
The line of reasoning that justifies homosexuality because it is a “natural” desire for those born that way annihilates the argument for adoption rights by homosexuals. If homosexuality is right because it’s natural, then adoption must be wrong because it’s unnatural. If nature dictates morality, and the natural consequence for homosexuals is to be childless, then it’s unnatural—and therefore immoral—for homosexuals to raise children.
Greg uses Solomon's advice for engaging an opponent in a biblical way June 1, 2013 Sometimes you will encounter a daunting foe who is, in some way, your superior—a feared professor, a respected elder family member, an articulate supervisor or executive at work. When this happens there is a temptation—especially if you’ve had some training or done some study in apologetics—to “show what you know,” to step into the fray armed with all your facts and take your superior down a peg or two.
An Examination of the Buddhist Worldview by Ted Miyake