Despite a recent rash of apologies from Mark Driscoll, the Acts 29 church-planting network he founded more than a decade ago has dismissed him and his Mars Hill Church from membership, citing complaints from other network pastors concerning the minister's divisive behavior. The Seattle-based pastor has been also asked to remove himself from ministry.
The Acts 29 Network Board reportedly called on Driscoll, out of concern for his "good, the good of (his) family, and the honor of (his) Savior," to step down from ministry "for an extended time and seek help."
I know that most of my regular readers notice that I use the term "gay" a lot in the titles of my columns. I'm aware that this probably suggests to some that I'm still in some way holding onto my former homosexual identity or that I'm unwilling to embrace the "such were some of you" gospel mentality that Christians should walk in. So I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the G-word.
I hope ya'll will believe me when I say that I hate the word "gay."
I hate all the presuppositions attached to it. Like the presupposition that a fixed gay (or straight or bi, for that matter) sexual orientation is a legitimate reality. I don't believe that sexual orientation, as culture at large defines it, is real — and I know that I am in the teeniest of the tiniest minorities in holding that position. People who don't follow Jesus or embrace a biblical worldview laugh in my face — pretty hysterically, actually — when I tell them that I don't view sexuality through the lens of "gay" or "straight" or "bi." But there are some Christians, even among my own little same-sex-attracted-but-celibate camp, that also reject my position and hold fast to the idea of people possessing a fixed sexual orientation. more >>
As Christians, we all should agree that God's greatest gift is salvation by grace through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. But what is God's second greatest gift?
Recently, an evangelical climatologist said it is the whole of creation.
True, we should be good stewards of creation, as Genesis 2:15 implies. We should take good care of the resources God has given us, not use them in a way that threatens the well-being of the planet. more >>
Former President Jimmy Carter, who once accused Israel of being an "apartheid state" worse than South Africa, has gone even further, rebuking the Jewish State for the way it has waged war with Hamas while actually siding with the terrorists.
Writing together with former Irish president Mary Robinson in Foreign Policy magazine, Mr. Carter stated that, "There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war," calling on Israel and the West to recognize Hamas's "legitimacy as a political actor."
Mr. Carter claims that Hamas, by recently joining together with the Palestinian Authority, "pledged to adopt the three basic principles demanded by the Middle East Quartet comprised of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia: nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and adherence to past agreements." more >>
It may be that we are raising a generation of Evangelicals who resent self-sufficiency, upward mobility and success stories. I'm sorry to say these resentments, specifically among Millennials, is due in large part to an over-emphasis and misuse of "social justice" advocacy touted by the Left within our church sermons and Sunday school lessons.
Charity, equality, and dignity for all are necessary Gospel-centered lessons. But let's face it, when it comes to the Left's social justice lessons, religious liberty has no place at their table.
The Left's "social justice" advocacy that often disguises expanding entitlement programs and the nanny state teaches young people that justice means defending the vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed. more >>
Last week, a panel sitting for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down – by a 2 to 1 margin − a 2012 Mississippi law as an undue burden on a woman's right to abortion. What kind of burden, you might ask, would the majority deem sufficiently undue so as to overturn a state law?
The answer might surprise you: Requiring physicians who perform abortions to secure hospital admitting privileges –just like physicians with other outpatient surgeries.
Considered standard medical practice for essentially any type of office-based procedure, doctors maintain hospital admitting privileges to assure the health and safety of patients. The treating physician should have unrestrained and immediate access to a nearby hospital in case of a complication. more >>