This is the first of four blog posts in which Ben Witherington challenges the notion that biblical obedience means adherence to the current societal trend of blessing “same-sex marriage.”
Ben is a believing Bible scholar and is taking issue with a fellow Methodist in this post. Good for him.
A Response to Bishop Sano’s ‘Call to Biblical Obedience’– Part One.
Some people active in politics say they only want to talk about economic issues and leave the social issues alone because they cause so much controversy. The problem with that line of thinking is that the social issues have an enormous impact on the economic issues. Just one aspect of this is covered in this article by Joe Carter.
(2 min read; 457 words)
Student Loan Debt is Not Just an Economic Problem, It’s a Marriage Problem
It appears that the transition from my old web hosting provider to the new one is complete, except for the mopping up. That is, I’ll probably spend the next few days or weeks refining the presentation of the pages because many of the settings were altered slightly, but the major problems appear to have been resolved. If you notice any other problems, please bring them to my attention.
Anyone following the blog through the WordPress Reader were not transferred over. Apparently, there was a technical obstacle to that which could not be overcome. Anyone subscribing by e-mail, however, should have been effectively transferred. Again, if any problems, let me know.
As I complete the finishing touches on the transition, I look forward to working on the additional capabilities that this new environment provides so that I can bring you more awareness of His grace. Thanks for your patience.
We are in the midst of the migration from one web hosting provider for this blog to another that I announced a few days ago. The only change you should notice from this change is that the web site address for this blog will change from
That is, “wordpress” is being removed from the URL. That should not create issues for you, because if you enter the old address you’ll automatically be forwarded to the new one.
Nevertheless, some issues have arisen. For one thing, if you are signed up for an e-mail or RSS feed for each post you may not have received yours this morning. They are working on that. For another, some links are broken, such that if you click on a link, it may not take you to the proper page. Also, you may run across duplicate posts or comments. They are working on that, too.
If you encounter any other problems, please leave a comment about it below so that I can bring it to the attention of the folks that are working on this transition.
Over the past four years, I have written 6,733 posts and pages. I should not therefore expect to transfer this much data, along with all the comments attached to these posts and pages, without a few issues. I hope for your understanding.
Just came across this set of stats:
According to the 2007 U.S. Census Bureau on World Vital Events as a far as the number of deaths per year, there are 1.8 per second, 105 per minute, 6,306 hourly, 151,338 daily, 4,603,198 monthly and 55,238,376 deaths on a yearly basis. (Source: Eric Chabot)
Wow. That’s a lot of deaths. Who is working on this problem? Not scientists. They are doing all they can to extend life but none of them has any legitimate hope of curing death like they cured polio. Death is certain. And final.
We can therefore be glad that the message of the Bible is that Jesus Christ has done something about death. Something certain. And final. Everyone is going to heaven. Let’s start living like it. (The student with A’s on his report card looks forward to going home, while the student with D’s and F’s dreads the trip. As long as there’s time, improve your grades!)
I’ve referred to Jennifer Roback Morse before (here, here, and here). (Hovering your cursor over each of those hyperlinks will give you the title of each post to help you know whether you want to click on them or not.) I mentioned her because I was impressed with her intellect, her attitude, and her passion. Ah, but there’s much more to her.
Yesterday, I had occasion to hear three podcasts of hers:
- The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims January 13, 2014
- The Sexual Revolution: A Totalitarian Ideology January 14, 2014
- What Is to Be Done? January 15, 2014
Here is Dr. Morse’s podcast page where these and other podcast episodes can be found.
These three podcasts are live recordings of her address to a Calvary Chapel group in Petaluma, California. She was tentative but hopeful in her appeal to them. Through these podcasts I saw some different facets of Jennifer the person. She is a Roman Catholic who was speaking to a group of evangelicals. She revealed aspects of her personal life and of her faith that enlarged my view of her. She also gave her typical devastating critique of the sexual revolution, which could substitute well for all the sex education that goes on in schools today. She also talks about The Ruth Institute, an organization she founded in 2008; and includes some explanation of a tactical change in the battle her organization is waging for marriage.
All in all, it was a powerful and poignant experience to listen to this courageous woman. She’s been targeted by homosexual lobby groups. (It’s interesting that many of the Morse quotes they list do not even seem controversial to me, but the folks there obviously take great issue with them.)
I thank God for this woman and the work and others are doing to hold up the standard of righteousness in marriage that a decaying nation is fighting at every turn. May the sparks she is throwing off ignite a fire in the hearts and minds of righteous souls living in the midst of an unrighteous culture.
Check out The Ruth Institute and pass on their information to anyone you think could benefit from their message.
In order to be able to support some additional services I want to provide you, I am switching web hosting providers. This change will be taking place over the next few days. It may take as long as a week to complete.
We always hope transitions like this will be smooth, but there is a chance there will be some service disruptions. For example, there may be an occasion or two when the web site is unavailable. More importantly, there may be delays or omissions in the e-mail delivery of posts for those of you who are signed up for that.
Let’s hope for the best. But if there are difficulties, at least you have been forewarned. I will report to you when the transition is complete.
I need to send out this notice for each of my five blogs because I don’t have access to the e-mail addresses and therefore don’t know who is signed up for more than one blog. Therefore, I apologize if you receive duplicates of this notice.
God bless you.
Five days a week, Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, releases his 20-minutes podcast, which is “a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.” (On Saturday’s, he answers listener questions.)
You can listen on the website itself or download to a mobile device. Mohler is very astute observer of national affairs. He sounds less like a seminary president and more like a serious political observer. He sounds like he’s reading but I’ve heard him say that he records off the cuff with only an article or a few notes before him. He’s noted for having an strenuous work schedule and requires very little sleep.
I wanted to be sure you were aware of his work. Too bad he’s not a regular on national newscasts.
via The Briefing – AlbertMohler.com.
And, once again (see the previous post from Melissa Edgington), here is the Christian lady who got it right regarding Matthew McConaughey. She’s apparently taken a lot of heat from her post. God forbid that she should back down. If Matthew is indeed on the path of righteousness, then we’ll see some changes in his public behavior. And we’ll be glad to affirm him when he does. Until then, however, God is not in need of, nor desirous of, mere lip service. God doesn’t care about celebrity. He cares that we do right. God bless Melissa Edgington.
Here’s a lady who gets it right! Her name is Melissa Edgington. She’s a mom who wrote the post below about Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech at the Oscars Sunday night.