Shelby Courtney has written a wonderful post about walking away from a me-centered mindset and learning to look at life through Christ’s lens: WHY? Why does it always have to be me? Why can’t I get to spread happy news about myself, and somebody else get to experience the joy that comes with only having sadness to share with everyone? Why? This is possibly one … Continue reading Why Me? (and other musings on the theory of pity parties)
From Rachel Jankovic over at Desiring God: If I had to pick one word to describe motherhood, I think that word would be “transforming.” The days of a busy mother are made up of millions of transformations. Dirty children become clean, the hungry child fed, the tired child sleeping. Almost every task a mother performs in the course of a normal day could be considered … Continue reading Motherhood Is Application
There’s a thoughtful, cogent piece on so-called “narrative ethics” by Sarah Flashing over at The Center for Women of Faith in Culture: “Christianity isn’t a list of rules, it’s a relationship” is how the cliché goes and I’ve never been very fond of it. While I agree that Christianity is about the transformative power of the gospel in the real lives of God’s children and … Continue reading The Moral of the Story…Is There One?
The gals over at Her.whatever have been discussing “narrative ethics,” which turns out to be an odd sort of amalgamation of situation ethics and post-modern “what’s-true-for-you-may-not-be-true-for-me”ism. The trouble with such folks as the blogger is that the more they clarify and engage the discussion, the deeper the hole they dig for themselves. Ellen Painter Dollar should have been banned
from the electronic pages of CTs website a year ago when she wrote this dispassionate re-telling of how she directed the medical murder of three of her children:
PGD is in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with the added step of genetic screening. Only one of four embryos tested negative for OI[a genetic disease she carries] and was implanted, but I did not get pregnant. (We eventually conceived both our second and third children naturally; neither of them inherited OI.) We had the other three embryos destroyed.
The sub-title of the article is, “Christians need much better resources for ethical and theological reflection.” The problem is, Mrs. Dollar (in her latest her.whatever blog post), wants to turn to a bastardized sort of situation ethics in which we may choose to give, “some moral value…greater weight than an individual’s story.” Which means that the more emotionally wrenching the story and the more manipulative its telling, the more likely it is that eternal moral prescriptions will be tossed out like a week-old piece of flounder. Continue reading “Molech Today”
“Choosing Blessing”, from R.C. Sproul Jr.’s Blog: Nothing above argues that any of the choices above are in themselves sins. They may be, but that argument is not being made. Nothing in fact argues that there aren’t people whose experience is different. Nothing above suggests that any of the choices above are matters of eternal life or death for the one making the choices. Nothing in … Continue reading Things I Won’t Regret
We love this beautiful post by Renee Ellison on marriage: A good marriage is a waltz, not a courtroom. The object is not to win, but to dance. Life is simply too short to waste it fighting with your mate. Stuffing “it” isn’t an answer, either; you’ll just explode later. Both fighting and stuffing produce stress, not just emotionally but also at the cellular level, … Continue reading Make Up, Make Out, and Make Do!: marshalling marital harmony
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest … Continue reading When Thou Liest Down…
A must read. This beautful and powerful post from Rachel Jankovic reminds us that in dying, we truly live: But a Christian should have a different paradigm. We should run to to the cross. To death. So lay down your hopes. Lay down your future. Lay down your petty annoyances. Lay down your desire to be recognized. Lay down your fussiness at your children. Lay … Continue reading Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)
Do not be bound together with unbelievers, for what partnership have righteousness and lawlesness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the Living God . . . (2 Corinthians 6:14-16a, NASB)
Denver Seminary occupies a position of trust in the Evangelical community. This trust requires you to act with due care and diligence, testing the spirits (for we know that not every spirit comes from God) and holding fast to that which is good, guarding the deposit of faith and training your students to give an answer to all who ask. In the matter of Vaun Swanson and Pomegranate Place, you did not do this. You have acknowledged your error in this and removed the video from the seminary’s website. For this, I and faithful Christians who care about Denver Seminary thank you. Although, I must note that as of this writing (7am on 2 June), the video is still posted on the seminary’s YouTube channel.
What is of continued concern, however, is that more than a month after you were first notified of the nature of the “ministry” at Pomegranate Place, you are still unable to determine whether it is “consistent with the seminary’s beliefs and values”! Please allow me to help you make that determination by briefly going over some of the information available on their website and then highlighting just three areas of concern regarding the commitments and belief systems of the “Affiliate Guides” promoted on the website. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Mark Young, President of Denver Seminary”