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Orwell & World Vision’s Capitulation on Gay Marriage

URGENT UPDATE: Less than 48 hours after World Vision U.S. stunned the Evangelical Christian community with its decision to allow the hiring of gay Christians in same-sex marriages, the Christian charity reversed its decision. In announcing this reversal, Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S. acknowledged the mistake: Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy. The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.” (full text of World Vision’s letter here) As strongly as I took World Vision to task for their unbiblical decision to condone same-sex marriage, I believe that Christians should accept … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Culture, Homosexual Agenda, Ministry, Religion, Theology

Weekend 7: John 3:16, Gay Ordination & Leadership

  What do John 3:16, Gay Ordination, and Leadership have in common? They have all been in the news this week. It’s been a while since I have written a “Weekend 7″ post. To be exact, my last such post was published on July 30, 2011 (that one doesn’t count as part of today’s seven). How can it have been 20 months since that post? I guess time flies when you’re having fun!  As seven is a perfect number, the idea behind “Weekend 7″ is to alert you to some excellent posts that you may have missed this week. So, without further ado, here is this week’s 7: John 3:16, Calvinistic Traditionalists & Evangelism Conferences – In recognition of the “John 3:16 Conference” that took place this weekend, this is one of my posts … Read entire article »

Filed under: Grace, Homosexual Agenda, Religion, Southern Baptist Convention, Theology, Weekend Reading

Romney’s Biggest Lie: “All children of the same God.”

Leave it to a liberal, Southern Baptist, Obama-loving Facebook friend (no, that’s not an oxymoron ) to point out Mitt Romney’s biggest lie in last night’s Town Hall Debate. After watching the debate and the post-debate spin (mostly on Fox News), it was obvious that President Obama probably won the night (although not by a knock-out). We all watch these debates through our own personal lenses — with our partisanship, experiences, background, and biases — and come away from the event trying to minimize the mistakes of “our” candidate and magnify the miscues of “their” candidate. For Evangelical Christians — including, but not limited to, Southern Baptists — we should be viewing this election through not only a political lens, but through a theological one as well. At the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Politics, Religion, Theology

Moderate Baptists: The Road Less Traveled & Cliffs Ahead!

“This conference, announced with such fanfare, may well prove to be the undoing of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  I have no doubt that other sexual ethics topics will be addressed, but homosexuality will be THE topic which garners the most dialogue and discussion.” (CBF, Sexual Ethics & Muddled Baptists, June 1, 2011) I wish I could say that I was wrong when I wrote the above statement last June. But, if Baptist Press’ reporting is any indication, those words proved all-too prescient. In a BP article entitled, “Gay issue major theme of CBF sponsored conf,” the opening paragraph sums up what was a far-too easy prediction: Despite conference organizers’ best attempts to keep the Baptist Conference on Sexuality & Covenant focused on broader issues April 19-21, the conversation often centered on the topic of homosexuality. In many ways, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Religion, Theology

Fire Destroys Grundy, VA Church: Is God Still Good?

God is good, all the time — All the time, God is good!” It was a phrase that was well used, even before I arrived as Pastor of Grundy Baptist Church in January 2002.  Located in the far southwestern part of Virginia (on the border of Kentucky and West Virginia), Grundy is in the heart of coal mining country, situated in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains.  It was at Grundy Baptist Church — established in 1903 — where I would really learn what it meant to be a pastor.  And, my on-the-job training would begin the minute my family and I stepped foot in Grundy. Five days before we left Florida to relocate to Grundy, I received a call asking me if I had heard what happened in Grundy.  As we were packing and had no television to watch, I told the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Law, Ministry, Religion, Theology