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Communicating Hope Amidst a Sexual Revolution

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Often when I am pushing an article out via this blog I let you know that the article I am sending is not very long with the hopes that you will be willing to read it among all of your other life responsibilities. 

 

This article by Sam Allberry is long - well, at least significantly longer than most I recommend. It needs to be long for it addresses significant issues in our culture regarding sexuality with grace. Unfortunately, I find many of the things written by Christians on the topic of sexuality to be lacking in clarity, deep thought, or grace.  I think you will agree that this article suffers none of those errors even if you disagree with his views. 

 

The first part of the article is written to help Christians understand why the historical Christian views on sexuality have come to be viewed as dangerous to society in Western culture.  I think it’s important for everyone to have a greater understanding of the items he draws to our attention in order to have reasonable conversations around the issue of sexuality itself. 

 

The second half of the article is meant to help Christians think through how they might respond to people with opposing views.  One of my favorite sentences is, “Rebuttal isn’t persuasion.” He directs this towards Christians to say that stating a biblical position is not enough.  He invites Christians to understand the Bible’s sexual ethic as a whole and learn to explain it clearly with humility and love.  I think it’s well worth your time.  You can read it here.

Racial Differences, Our Culture, and the Church

By: Brad Rogers

To say that the issues revolving around race is a hot button topic here in the US runs the risk of describing the situation too mildly.  Unfortunately, our inability to talk about racial concerns perpetuates and, at times, exasperates the problem in our culture. Misunderstandings are all too easy to come by and many of us respond by saying nothing as that can seem like the safest course. Sadly, for those of us who seek to take the Bible seriously, racial strife is not just a problem “out there” in culture, it exists in our churches as well.  How do we pursue racial reconciliation in the church when we don’t all agree on the extent of our racial divides or the best ways to address them? In this article, Kevin DeYoung seeks to isolate the real agreements and disagreements many Christians have regarding race with the hopes of helping to stimulate more constructive dialogue that leads to better possible solutions.  I commend this to you not because I think we will all agree on everything here, but because I think Kevin brings forward many of the issues we need to be thinking about in the body of Christ with respect to race.

Read the article here.