Have you ever started reading a story book in the middle, or tried to watch a movie starting halfway through the plot? I have, and though it is possible to figure out the gist of the story, it can be hard to have adequate context, and sometimes important details are missed. Most of all, the significance of events is lost on an audience who doesn’t understand the history of what has come before. Most people start in the middle of the gospel story, with man’s need of a savior and Christ’s atoning work on the cross. But while this is an appropriate message in some settings, if we never understand the beginning of the story, we’ll be left with a truncated view of the significance of the gospel. Instead of starting in the gospels, it’s crucial to start where God does… in the beginning.
One of the chronic problems of men is that too often they react instead of acting…This has all too often been true of the reactions of men, Christian and non-Christian, to the women’s liberation movement. The results are sometimes painful. Are women’s bible studies okay or not? Is the husband the mediator between his wife and family and God? Is a woman’s place merely to … Continue reading Chalcedon: The Place of Woman
This is the great lesson of history: it is ordinary people of authentic Christian faith who are ultimately the ones who best able to shape the outcome of human events–not kings and princes, not masters and tyrants. It is laborers and workmen, cousins and acquaintances that upend the expectations of the brilliant and the glamorous, the expert and the meticulous. It is plain folks, simple … Continue reading Grant: Religion Externalized
[Editor’s note: It is important to sort these things out especially since all three precede action. It gets tricky when beliefs are rooted in feelings and become seeming convictions we’re passionate about. We witness passionate illogical campaigns that work toward selfish ends everyday. Feminism has modeled this in countless ways. The humanist is left to himself to find ultimate meaning upon which he grounds his beliefs. The Christian … Continue reading Challies: I Feel, I Think, I Believe
Prager University give us a big clue as to why feminism will never make us happy. Happiness is at it’s core selfless. Our happiness affects others profoundly, that’s why happiness is a moral obligation. We cannot be guided by feelings because it is how we act that affects others not how we feel. Don’t inflict a bad mood on others. Being happier is good for … Continue reading Why Be Happy?
“Empowered” is a power word for women (and for men frankly, but we’ll focus on women right now), so much so I hate to even try to redeem it. It is the feminist ideal which tempts women toward a man-centered confidence rather than living in Christ. It’s a seemingly invigorating idea that ends with God establishing the glory due Him by laying the sinner low, and yet we chase … Continue reading Capturing Weak Women and Weak Men
Alexander Strauch writes, Pursue love… 1 Cor. 14:1 My first encounter with the biblical principles of love started in a negative way during my early years as a born-again Christian. I was surprised when I saw true believers fight, display angry attitudes, and separate from one another. To make matters worse, the conflicts I witnessed weren’t about lofty, eternal theological issues of the gospel, but … Continue reading Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-Up Call to the Church
Women, are often most to blame for perpetrating misunderstanding and untruth through Christian cliches. Undoubtedly, and in part, it is due to our innate desire to nurture and to lend an empathetic ear. Our Titus 2 role will not be fulfilled however, without understanding and a foundation of truth that will out live us. It is a short-lived illusion to think that laying aside standards and consequences for … Continue reading John MacArthur on the Destructive Nature of Christianese
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When we talk about feminism, we at times talk about self-empowerment, about women being in total control of their lives, purposing to do and to be whatever they want, whenever they want, in opposition to anyone or anything. The message and practice of feminism is rooted in the idea that man has the power to do and be whatever man determines. But man’s ability to do … Continue reading God is A Feminist Whisperer