Lord of the Bruised

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A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory. -Matthew 12:20 I want that kind of heart. I want to look at a bruised reed and feel protective, appreciating its fragility and its potential. Without that, everything else seems empty. These words from Isaiah 42, re-quoted in Matthew, are interesting, aren’t they? “A bruised reed He will not break.” Matthew cites this as a prophetic reference to Jesus, and it’s important to note this description comes right after a heated Continue Reading

The Transsexual Dilemma – Part 4 of a 5 Part Series

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The growing support for transsexualism in the culture, plus the growing number of voices within the Church calling for us to not only to show respect and compassion to transsexuals (a very sound idea) but approval as well (wrong option) has prodded me to post, in a five-part series, an article I wrote on the subject six years ago for the Christian Research Journal. (You can find the entire article it in its original form here)   Continue Reading

The Transsexual Dilemma: Part 2 of a 5-Part Series

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Recent events in both the culture and the Church have prodded me this week to post, in a five-part series, an article I wrote on transsexualism six years ago for the Christian Research Journal.    (You can find it in its original form here) Continue Reading

As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us (repeat chorus as needed)

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I’m still working on three things Jesus demands from me: that I not worry (Matthew 6:34) that I turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39) and that I forgive (Matthew 6:15). Strike three. I’ve never thought of myself as an unforgiving, grudge-holding kind of guy. But for whatever reason, I’m now seeing many things I just haven’t let go of. And I’m talking about old things, ancient history from childhood, or junior high days, or very young adulthood. Which is interesting, because candidly, I’ve been messed with pretty badly in recent years. In Continue Reading

Houston and Homosexuality Part II: In Praise of Squeaky Wheels

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Update Yesterday I posted on Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s subpoena of pastor’s sermons and communications, an extraordinary move by any standards. In response to a lawsuit filed by petitioners whose signatures had been invalidated by the Houston City Council, a number of local pastors received court orders to turn over all records of any sermons they recently preached on the topics of homosexuality, transsexualism, and the Mayor herself. But wheels far squeakier than me were talking as well. Coast to coast objections to a city government Continue Reading

Houston, Homosexuality and Heavy Handedness

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Since the Ebola scare is today’s top story, there’s a secondary item you may be unaware of: the City Council of Houston has subpoenaed the sermons of local pastors to review what they’ve been saying about homosexuality. Under any circumstances that’s at least outrageous; at most, frightening. But the events leading to this heavy-handedness only underscore what an abusive, arrogant move it really is. “Houston, We Have a Problem” It all began last June, when the Houston City Council passed the Human Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) also known Continue Reading

ISIS, Charles Manson, and Redemption

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“Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” -Romans 12:21 It doesn’t sink in easily. Whole families are being slaughtered, children are executed in the most barbaric of ways, and the evil which is ISIS seems all too proud of what the rest of us recoil from. It’s very, very hard to believe the photos and videos making the rounds today are authentic. Surely it’s a repulsive joke; nobody could really do that. Continue Reading

The Scare Snare

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The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. - Proverbs 29:25 I wonder how many things you would have done, said, or at least tried, if you hadn’t been so worried about what other people would think. Continue Reading

Assessing Matthew Vines “God and the Gay Christian” Pt. VII

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“Jesus Christ did not say, ‘Go into all the world and tell the world that it is quite right.’ The Gospel is something completely different. In fact, it is directly opposed to the world.” -CS Lewis  It’s a commentary on the modern church and a sign of the times that a book promoting a pro-homosexual interpretation of the Bible could be released by a well known Christian publishing house, authored by a self-identified gay evangelical, applauded broadly by the world, and endorsed by some in the church. Continue Reading

Assessing Matthew Vines “God and the Gay Christian” Pt. VI

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"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." -Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Whoever determines the meaning of words has the power to frame the debate. Continue Reading