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Graduation Message: Dear Digital Son…

Let others pursue a narrow and relentless path toward one percentagery, but remember that very few people wake up every day and look forward to their labors. Most people only look forward to lunch.

The Church and Homosexuality: Ten Commitments

While some Christians may be called to speak to one group in particular, we must keep in mind that in this technological day and age anyone from any group may be listening in. This means that we will often be misunderstood. It also means we should make some broad basic commitments to each other and to our friends and foes in speaking about homosexuality.

Here are ten commitments I hope Christians and churches will consider making in their heads and hearts, before God and before a watching world.

Works and Words: Why You Can’t Preach the Gospel with Deeds

This is not some esoteric debate reserved for theologians or technical Bible scholars. Faithful obedience to Jesus Christ is our goal, and that applies to all who call him Lord. Such obedience must begin with clear thinking about what Jesus calls us to be and do.

Happiness, Harvard Business Review, and the Church:

Somewhere in the span of local church history, we have turned our focus to activities, programs, and even entertainment as the unstated purposes of the church. In doing so, we have yielded our right to speak with authority about that which brings true joy. The consequence is that the church is being replaced with a new secular religion that is defining happiness for us.

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  1. Trevin,

    I read Litfin’s piece in CT and appreciated the emphasis but kept feeling a pull toward wider NT reflection. I realize that Litfin had a main point to make (and a good one). I also know that the vine of too many qualifications can destroy the point. Perhaps, however, the tension is tighter than he proposes. I Peter is a book that builds a case for life witness and for readiness to give verbal accounting for one’s hope (3:15). Wives who were married to unbelieving husbands were told to “submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,” (3:1). Earlier believers were told to “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (2:12).

    These teachings echo our Lord’s words in Matthew 5:16. Jesus also said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) — something he restated differently in his prayer in John 17:20-23. The apostle Paul made a similar connection in Philippians 2:14-16 “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” I could go on with many more references. I am just not sure about pushing these too far apart.

    Yet I don’t see this as something separate from gospel potency but evidence of it. When Churches are living the gospel narrative, they offer tangible plausibility to the authenticity of the gospel. Yes, the gospel is the power of God but it is not meant to exist as a truth separated from life. God chose to put His treasure (the gospel) in vessels of clay so that the greatness of the power would be from God and not from us (II Corinthians 4:7). The very essence of the gospel narrative is grounded in this reality (see: Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-6). As we live in shared dependence on the power of God in Christ, we can experience the radical transformation of true gospel-centered community — a community that testifies to God’s love in tangible transformation.

    “If the Biblical story is told truly, it will subvert the alternative stories. But to tell it truly, you have to be living it” (N. T. Wright).

    Just a few thoughts,

    Steve Cornell

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