Polyamory: Limitless or Limiting?

Married households as the ideal is now being called into question.

Married households as the ideal is now being called into question. The latest debate is about whether it should be that marriage produces better outcomes. The argument is that with the right government policies, any conceivable family structure could be at least as good as marriage.   The Gottman Institute is one of the premiere... Continue Reading

9 Questions to Ask Before Addressing Cultural Issues at Your Church

The preacher must assess both the culture and the congregation in order to determine whether to engage certain cultural concerns that arise.

Are you moved by principle or just wanting to break the boredom? If the impulse to interrupt the series is to alleviate boredom, then the preacher may have bigger issues. If that’s the case, there’s not a problem with the length of the series but the composition of the sermons—hence a problem with the preacher... Continue Reading

Off to College

Hundreds of years of bad philosophy are about to immerse your child.

What our kids sit under is not just bad philosophy but watered down, to boot. It’s like the row of queens in The Magician’s Nephew who, as you walk the line from start to end, diminish by degree. Dumbed-down Derrida and Foucault is the worst.    You’re sending Johnny off to college and keeping your... Continue Reading

The Curse of Liberalism

Two characteristics define liberal epistemology: The subjective becomes authoritative over the Bible and culture drives the church’s agenda.

Let there be no mistake, the homosexuality issue is symptomatic of a more fundamental problem. The fundamental issue is that Johnson and those supporting his approach have made experience and feelings authoritative over God’s Word. The day that Johnson made this speech, applauded by shepherds of the flock, was the saddest day in the history... Continue Reading

Giving Up Darwin

The origin of species is exactly what Darwin cannot explain.

Although Stephen Meyer’s book is a landmark in the intellectual history of Darwinism, the theory will be with us for a long time, exerting enormous cultural force. Darwin is no Newton. Newton’s physics survived Einstein and will always survive, because it explains the cases that dominate all of space-time except for the extreme ends of... Continue Reading

“Surprising Errors” in Greg Johnson’s Assessment of the RPCES 1980 Homosexuality Report

A response to a faulty assessment of the 1980 RPCES on the “Pastoral Care for the Repentant Homosexual” report.

The bland wording on the synod agenda was: “Report of the Study Committee on Homosexuality.”  When it came time to deal with the study, the synod did not want such a nondescript label, so it supplied its own: “Pastoral Care for the Repentant Homosexual.” That was the official title approved back in 1980. In saying... Continue Reading

Confronting Neopaganism in the Culture and in the Church Part 1 of 3

Many now believe that grounds for existence can only be found in the irrational, in the age-old metanarrative of pantheistic Oneism.

I am proposing to use two relatively neutral, descriptive terms, Oneism and Twoism, in order to avoid applying a narrow theological system that only a few of us could affirm. These terms seek to express the only two bedrock options found in Romans 1:25: either the worship and service of creation understood as closed, homogeneous... Continue Reading

John Wants to Be Jane: 3 Ways to Counsel a Gender-Confused Child

Will I harm my child if I don’t embrace their trans identity? What should I say in response to their confusion? How can I help my child?

While Christian parents can’t affirm their child’s misplaced desires, they have a God-given responsibility to lovingly help their child through a real struggle with gender identity. Rather than being bewildered into ineffectiveness, parents can proactively care for their child in at least three basic ways.   “Mom and Dad, can we talk?” With this seemingly... Continue Reading

The Myth of Sexual Orientation

We should not uncritically accept and embrace an anti-biblical and secular concept of sexual orientation.

Why would a child of God who has been justified by the blood and righteousness of Christ alone, adopted into God’s family, and freed from slavery to sin by the powerful regenerating work of God in their life fight to apply such an abominable label, homosexual, to themselves? Our Lord bled and died not only... Continue Reading

The Lies of Feminism

The rise of Intersectionality explains a lot of what we see going on around us. Intersectionality is a humanistic religion, born from a feminist Critical Theorist.

Intersectionality assumes a kind of ungodly partiality that Christians are consistently warned away from in Scripture. We are not to judge a person based on their appearance, social strata, income, background, or ethnicity. Intersectionality insists that we can only understand ourselves and others through making judgments regarding ethnicity, background, income, social strata, and appearance. Intersectionality... Continue Reading

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