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Gender Confusion

For those trying to wrap their heads around the transgender movement and Bruce Jenner’s transition to “Caitlyn Jenner,” here are three recent articles:

Bruce ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner Needs Our Prayers, Not Our Applause” by David French – The article opens with these statements:

 A surgically damaged man appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, and the applause is mandatory. There are some who call this latest turn in the sexual revolution “radical” or “transformative.” Yet, in reality, the only thing radical about Bruce Jenner’s transformation into “Caitlyn” is the harm to his body, inflicted in a desperate quest to be something that he’s most assuredly not: a woman.

 The transgender movement is but one small branch of the immense, self-regarding tree of the sexual revolution, and since it shares the same logic as such cultural catastrophes as no-fault divorce and abortion on demand, its acceptance by elite culture was and is a foregone conclusion. After all, if the sexual revolutionaries believe — with religious fervor — that personal fulfillment and self-actualization are so important that it’s worth inflicting a grisly death on a wholly innocent baby to preserve, then a little gender-reassignment surgery is just one more, small step for (person)kind

The Accidental Feminist – Tim Challies has reviewed Courtney Reissig’s new book The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design. His review opens with these words:

Caitlyn Jenner is on the cover of Vanity Fair. Caitlyn used to be known as Bruce, of course, but now it’s Caitlyn, and Caitlyn has slowly become the face of our culture’s new relationship with gender. Gender, we are told, is merely a social construct, untied from sex and unleashed from masculinity or femininity. The clear demarkations of days gone by have been replaced by endless shades of gray.

The Bible describes something very different. The Bible describes masculinity and femininity as being distinct, and it describes both of them as reflecting something unique and important about God himself. Femininity is the subject of Courtney Reissig’s new book The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design.

Guidance on how to be a man – Peter Sholl has written a blog post contrasting the conflicting advice we get from culture and Scripture about what it means to be a man in today’s world. He concludes his articles with these words:

 As Christian men, we must take our lead from God’s word and his desire for a Christian man, not from our sports players and commentators, advertisers, or self-proclaimed life gurus.

 I so often forget who I am in Christ. Thousands of time a day, the world says to me “Be like this! Be like that!”, but never “Live out your life in Christ!”

God’s word will say that to me. Christian brothers will urge that in me. Christian sisters will encourage me in it.

My job is to listen, to pray for steadfastness and strength, to strive, and to be that encouraging voice to others.

All of these articles reinforce the need to return to the Scriptures. Rather than culture or celebrities, we need to allow the Scriptures to shape our understanding of gender, sexuality, and what it means to be created in God’s image.

 

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2015 in Culture, News stories

 

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For more insights on how to combat the sin of gossip, read Erik Raymond’s post, “How to Shut Down Gossip.” He describes a three-step process on how to deal with this nasty sin. Check out the article for more detail.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Church, Culture

 

Words have power

CSI: Cyber tackled the subject of cyber bullying last week in “URL, Interrupted” (S1, E7). The tag at the end was one of the characters leaving a video explaining that words have power. It reminded me of Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Culture, Scripture, TV

 

I don’t get it

I must admit I am puzzled by current events. With 1,100+ people killed in an earthquake in Nepal, with California suffering a horrific drought, with rising concerns about the violence of ISIS, I don’t understand all the attention being given to Bruce Jenner. I just don’t get it. It hardly seems newsworthy.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Culture, News stories

 

Should you go see “50 Shades of Grey”?

What’s the harm in reading the book 50 Shades of Grey and its sequels? Is it ok to see the movie? Is it really that big a deal?

For those who have read the books (I haven’t) … for those who plan to see the movie (I don’t, though it’s hard to avoid seeing the trailer) … you might want to read Tim Challies  and Helen Thorne’s blog post, 7 Lessons from 50 Shades of Grey. It will help you to better understand the impact on your life and our current culture.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Culture, Tim Challies

 

Truth is how I define it

In his book, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated, author James Emery White describes the belief system of those who don’t identify with any particular religion. In pages 57-63, he explains that their system includes three primary concepts—truthiness, wikiality, and mistakers.

  • Truthiness: the assertion that we are not only to discern truth for ourselves from the facts at hand, but also to create truth for ourselves despite the facts at hand
  • Wikiality: reality as determined by majority vote, such as when astronomers voted Pluto off their list of planets
  • Mistakers: to avoid calling ourselves sinners, we’ve become mistakers; to turn everything we do into a virtue where lust becomes “sensuality,” and anger is just “being honest with your emotions”

I found it interesting that this week’s panels in the comic Non Sequitur, the character, Danae, practices truthiness and wikiality. If someone corrects her, then that person is “preachy.” Once again, it demonstrates how comic strips reflect values and culture in a humorous manner.

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Posted by on January 31, 2015 in Books, Culture

 

Can you have religion without God?

Can you have a God-neutral faith? Can you have religion without God? Can you have the benefits of church and yet have a hesitant or non-existent faith?

Author T. M. Luhrman, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, answers all of these questions with “Yes” in her article, “Religion without God.”

She concludes the article with these thoughts,

Religion is fundamentally a practice that helps people to look at the world as it is and yet to experience it — to some extent, in some way — as it should be. Much of what people actually do in church — finding fellowship, celebrating birth and marriage, remembering those we have lost, affirming the values we cherish — can be accomplished with a sense of God as metaphor, as story, or even without any mention of God at all.

Yet religion without God may be more poignant. Atheists trust in human relations, not supernatural ones, and humans are not so good at delivering the world as it should be. Perhaps that is why we are moved by Christmas carols, which conjure up the world as it can be and not the world we know.

May the spirit of Christmas be with you, however you understand what that means.

Ms. Luhrman’s conclusions reminded me of what the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 regarding what will take place in the last days.

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be … having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.” (2 Timothy 3:1, 2, 5)

People try to find meaning in religion and rituals. Yet they completely miss the point that salvation, forgiveness, purpose, significance are only possible through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Church, Culture, News stories

 
 
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