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Having read the Nashville Statement carefully and with prayer, I gladly signed it. The statement represents the biblical teaching on human sexuality which the Christian church as held for two thousand years. In other words, there’s nothing new in it. It’s a reminder of God’s Law and a proclamation of His gospel.

Human identity and sexuality is widely misunderstood in our day. Homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism are only the start – there’s more to come. Because of that, a number of Christian scholars and leaders met in Nashville, Tennessee to write a statement that clearly presented the Christian position.

The need for a statement like this became apparent immediately as reactions began to roll in. The statement was panned, and even vilified, by many on the Left (and even some who consider themselves evangelical Christians), and praised by many on the Right. As the church, we need to think clearly on these issues, and the Nashville Statement is a good step in the right direction.

I use you to read the Nashville Statement here.

I would also suggest that you read a piece by Rosaria Butterfield on why she signed the Statement. You can read it here.

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“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.” (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

Al Mohler writers a letter to American Christians called “Letter from Berlin: The Letters of History and the Heresy of Racial Superiority.” It’s especially important to think about after what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. You can read it here

Joe Carter has written an FAQ on Charlottesville, which can be read here. It’ll help give you a basic grasp of the situation.

The Wall Street Journal has a well-reasoned, well-written editorial about our culture and its response to Charlottesville, focusing on identity politics, in specific. You can read it here.

Does our job matter? Does God have anything to say about in His Word? Yes, our job does matter (including the way we do it), and yes God does have quite a bit to say about it in His Word. Dan Doriani has written a helpful article called “12 Basic Principles for Faith and Work.” You can read it here.

Mindy Belz, of WORLD, says plants needs pruning, but so do we as God’s people. Read her excellent piece here.

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The title describes the purpose of this short book: Why Christian Kids Need A Christian Education. Douglas Wilson, pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho and one of the founding fathers of the Classical Christian Education movement, makes his case in 71 pages.

Wilson doesn’t get to his point right away, but spends much of his time (and ink) laying the groundwork. He does this by dealing with issues that need to be understood and embraced before the question can be answered. A few of these are knowing what a Christian worldview is and what it isn’t, the nature of education, and what everyone knows – Christian or not.

Wilson pleads for Christian parents to consider the disastrous results of government education and do something about it. Hopefully this book will help you do that.

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In the Quote of the Year competition, we have a winner!

The Bible is authoritative on everything of which it speaks. Moreover, it speaks of everything.

Cornelius Van Til

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This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on Genesis 1:1, 26-31. I began a short (hopefully) topical series on the topic of God’s Design for Gender and Sexuality. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: God created you (and everything else) in His image, for Himself, and with a purpose.

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5 Good Podcasts

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The last decade or so has seen an explosion of podcasts. They may number in the tens of thousands, but I’m not certain. There are many, many good ones that would be worth our time. The antithesis is also true – there are many, many that are clearly not worth any of our time.

Here are five good podcasts. Undoubtedly there are more, but I’ll limit it to five (all of which I listen to regularly). Radio or television broadcasts aren’t included.

  1. The Dividing Line with James White. White is an elder at a Reformed Baptist Church in Arizona, debater, apologist, and author. White knows his stuff. There’s also a video of the podcast available. Podcasts are usually one hour long, and sometimes longer.
  2. The Briefing with Albert Mohler. Well-known Southern Baptist leader Mohler comments on the news from a biblical worldview. It’s well-done and thought-provoking. Podcasts are usually about 20 minutes in length.
  3. Apologia Radio with Jeff Durbin and friends. Durbin pastors Apologia Church in Tempe, Arizona. He has an interesting background, but don’t let that get in the way of what he’s saying. His commitment to Christ is contagious. Podcasts are usually one hour and fifteen minutes long.
  4. The Worldview in 5 Minutes. A roundup of the day’s news written by Pastor Kevin Swanson and presented by Adam McManus. The length of the podcast is five minutes, which should be obvious.
  5. 5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols. Nichols, the President of Reformation Bible College, presents a brief look at the people, places, and events that God has used to shape the church and history.

Take a listen to each of these podcasts!

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Popular author Jen Hatmaker is, and has been, on a trajectory toward unbelief and apostasy for some time. Her interview with Religion News Service has brought it out into the open for everyone to see. You can read it here. I’m not judging what’s in her heart, but in her statements and beliefs, she’s left orthodox, biblical Christianity.

Denny Burk has a well-thought out response here.

As a result, Lifeway announced that Hatmaker’s publications can be no longer be purchased in their stores or online. Baptist Press has the story here. Lifeway published several of Hatmaker’s books and resources.

The trajectory of unbelief is not hard to spot in most cases. It usually begins with a rejection (either a “soft” rejection or a “hard” rejection) of the authority of God’s Word, the Bible. After that, doctrines clearly taught in Scripture and held by the church for two millennia begin  to fall like so many dominoes. When emotions and feelings (which characterize our times) are added to the recipe, the movement of the trajectory goes to warp speed.

Pray for Jen. Pray for yourself and your church and the church in general. May our trajectory be one of faithfulness and belief.

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