How an Unbelieving Lesbian English Professor Became a Reformed Pastor’s Wife

What a fascinating and instructive and encouraging interview, as Marvin Olasky talks with Rosaria Butterfield about her memoir, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith.

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You can read a sample here.

Carl Trueman writes:

This autobiography is the launchpad for numerous sophisticated reflections on the nature of life, faith, sexuality, worship, education and other matters. As one would expect from a lover of nineteenth century literature, the book is also beautifully written with many a well-turned sentence; and as one would expect from someone schooled at the highest levels in critical theory, it eschews simplistic pieties for stimulating analyses of both Christian and non-Christian culture.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I do not agree with everything she says; but I did learn from everything she wrote. It deserves the widest possible readership.

In particular Carl highlights her discussion of sexuality:

Her treatment of sexual sin and gender politics is fascinating and so much more sophisticated than the kind of simplistic drivel which passes for discussion in evangelical circles. Chapter Two, ‘Repentance and the Sin of Sodom’ along with her accounts in Chapter Three of talking to students at Geneva College about sexuality, are worth the price of the book. Every pastor should read these chapters and take her analysis to heart.

You can read his whole review here.

The imbroglio over Louie Giglio is the clearest evidence of the new Moral McCarthyism of our sexually “tolerant” age. During the infamous McCarthy hearings, witnesses would be asked, “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

In the version now to be employed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the question will be: “Are you now or have you ever been one who believes that homosexuality (or bisexuality, or transsexualism, etc.) is anything less than morally acceptable and worthy of celebration?”

Albert Mohler

The Giglio Imbroglio — The Public Inauguration of a New Moral McCarthyism


read his original article or listen to him talk about this.

Louie Giglio and the New State Church

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President Obama kicked up some controversy by announcing that evangelical pastor Louie Giglio would be praying at the inauguration. Sexual liberationist groups quickly identified Giglio, as they did Rick Warren under similar circumstances in 2009, as “anti-gay.” After a couple of days of…

It doesn’t do a person ensnared in sin a lot of good for you to win an argument about homosexuality in the Bible or wider society. They need to be convinced that when God calls them to obey him, he is not taking away the cookies - he’s taking away the poison. When Jesus calls us to lose everything, he’s giving us a far greater treasure in himself.

By Michael McKinley

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What is Morality Other Than Harm?

What Is Morality Other than Harm? from The Gospel Coalitionon Vimeo.

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Is morality limited to questions of direct harm? That question is not just a matter of moral theory — it also informs our most urgent political and cultural debates. Back in May, columnist Eric Zorn of The Chicago Tribune asserted: “To me, immoral conduct is that which harms others, period.”

That seems to be a straightforward statement, especially in light of its context. Zorn was writing a column in which he dismissed common arguments against same-sex marriage. I his concluding section he argued, “I will not debate the morality of various forms of private sexual conduct between consenting adults and neither should our lawmakers.” Since no one is harmed, Zorn argues, there is no real moral issue with respect to the sexual activities of consenting adults.

In truth, a good many people agree with him. His logic is encapsulated in the 2003 U S. Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas that invalidated all laws against homosexuality. I am fairly confident that the vast majority of Americans would be tempted to accept Zorn’s argument, and younger Americans especially. My guess is that this would include many Christians, especially younger Christians.

Is Zorn right? There is certainly wisdom in his acknowledgment that harm to others, and particularly any intentional harm, is immoral. The problem is the restriction of his definition to others as understood in a radically individualist scheme. If we restrict morality to that which directly causes harm only to specific persons, we will eliminate an absolutely essential moral horizon — the community of which individuals are a part.

Christianity offers a moral vision that embraces both the individual and the community. Collin Hansen of The Gospel Coalition invited me to address this question along with Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Church in New York City. I am thankful to Collin for making this conversation happen. I think you will find it interesting.

(Source: thegospelcoalition.org)

ilovecharts:

So You Still Think Homosexuality Is A Sin?

via my mother

Is this flow chart accurate?

TurretinFan takes it on on his blog.

And James White addresses this in the first 15 minutes of his podcast from yesterday (though he incorrectly called it a venn diagram :-/ just ignore that part…)

Some people — in comments, on Twitter and elsewhere — are defending what Emanuel and Menino are doing on the ground that the Chick-fil-A is not being punished for the views of its CEO, but because it donates money to Bad Groups (i.e., conservative groups), and since money is not speech, there is nothing wrong with this. Aside from the fact that the city officials do not even claim this to be the case (they’re open about the fact that they’re acting to punish the company for the political views of the CEO), suppose a town in Alabama or Montana or Central California were to enact this ordinance:

Any resident found to have donated money to a group advocating same-sex marriage or abortion rights — including, without limitation, Human Rights Campaign or Planned Parenthood — shall be barred from opening or operating a business in this city.

For those offering the defense I just referenced, what possible grounds would you have for objecting to such an ordinance (other than to say that it’s OK when the state punishes views that you dislike, not ones you like)?

Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com (via ayjay)

Homosexuality… the secular media calls and ask me why [Christians] talk about this so much…I don’t call the media, they call me…

A reporter called me from a major national newspaper and the first question he asked me… was about homosexuality, the second was about homosexuality and the third was, “Why is it that we’re talking about homosexuality?”

"It is because you called me and asked the questions."

And that is just the way it is, that is why the church, right now, finds itself talking so much about homosexuality. It is not because that is what we would choose to talk about but because that is what the world is talking about, that’s what people are asking about and we have a responsibility to respond in truth.

Dr. Albert Mohler

(Source: albertmohler.com)

Matthew Vines: The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality [REFUTED]

The complete response to Matthew Vines [from Dr. James White] is now available as a single program. Yes its five hours and nine minutes long, (72meg in size),… "Gay Christianity" Refuted [mp3] 

You can play it here or right click and download it.

matthewvines:

Twitter: @VinesMatthew / Facebook: matthew.vines.

Alright, I’d just like to start by saying thank you to everybody for coming tonight – I really appreciate it – and for being interested in learning more about this subject. I also want to thank College Hill United Methodist for…

Really, all these old arguments?… *sigh*

Wondering who this guy is?

beggarsalll:

“It Gets Better” Anti-Bullying Activist Dan Savage Bullies Christian Teens as Keynote Speaker for National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association’s Annual High School Journalism Convention proving that for Christians, #ItGetsWorse 

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Kirk Cameron dared to state publicly what Christians simply must believe biblically regarding homosexuality being unnatural (if God defines what nature is, doesn’t it follow that if it goes against His creative decree, it is unnatural?) and destructive (the evidence for that is indisputable, both in the destruction of the lives of those who engage in it, as well as the inability of such people to create life naturally). The media elites are gnashing their teeth in response, and we must understand why. As God-hating secularism becomes the norm, we must realize that it cannot stand criticism, and it cannot allow for freedom of any dissenting viewpoints. The Great State must silence all other views. This is the nature of secularism, and history shows us the banishment of free speech and thought is a necessary element of totalitarianism (and you thought 1984 was just a compelling story!). As Christians we remember the words of Jesus, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18-19). We expect the world’s hatred. Those who court its friendship are enemies of God. John also told us, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). God may well be forcibly ripping us away from our love of the world by allowing the hatred of that world to express itself in ever more visible, and painful, ways.

James White

(Source: aomin.org)

Students Boo Santorum’s Remarks about Gay Marriage

I agree with what Denny Burke said:

Rick Santorum got some push-back from university students in New Hampshire who did not like his stance on gay marriage. They even resorted to booing him as he left the stage, and you can watch the whole thing above. 

Here is what I appreciate about Santorum in this setting. New Hampshire is not Iowa, and he knows it. Santorum knows that his social conservative views are not going to play as well with this crowd as they did with the crowds in Iowa.

Faced with this situation, most politicians would dissemble or avoid the topic. Santorum did not do that. He faced the issue head-on and attempted to persuade and to have a rational conversation about the moral issues at stake in the gay marriage debate. I think he showed far more respect to the students than they showed him.

Santorum’s candidacy is on the line in New Hampshire. That he did not pander nor shrink back from controversy just days before he is asking these people to vote for him is courageous. There are not many politicians who would do what Santorum did here.

See 9 minute video here.

Al Mohler on this situation and on Rick Santorum in general [first 7 minutes of this audio].

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