An oxymoron combines two notions that don’t belong together. They are often humorous, as in “open secret” or “paid volunteer.” Oxys in Greek means “sharp” and moron means “dull,” so you can see how the name was coined. “Gay Christianity” is an oxymoron, and not in the least humorous! This growing movement in contemporary evangelicalism […]
I was listening to the BBC radio [British Broadcasting Corporation] the other night, and, being English, I have been a faithful BBC listener all my life, considering it a great standard of cultural decency. In my mind, the BBC is associated with the Queen’s Christmas message, always with a Christian emphasis, and with stiff upper […]
In Romans 1:25, Paul sums up in 25 Greek words the bedrock nature of spiritual conflict, be it in the Garden, in his own time, or, by implication, in ours. In this verse he lays out an irreducible age-old conflict between two opposing world views: the worship and service of creation, or, the worship and service of the Creator. These two options sum up the whole of reality.
According to Messiah College professor, Jenell Williams Paris, “Heterosexuality…is an abomination.” As an “abomination” Paris means the false classification of persons as merely homosexual or heterosexual, a practice she feels gives a person identity only on the basis of sexual choices or desires, rather than on their status as creatures made in God’s image and loved by God. This inflammatory statement is doubtless meant for maximum effect, since the Bible declares male on male sex as “an abomination” (Lev 20:13). One is led to ask how an evangelical Christian scholar, published by a Christian publishing house (IVP) justifies such a shocking formulation.
Review of Jenell Williams Paris, The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2011).
In response to my Inside/Out #70, “the Gospel for 21st Century Sodom,” sent out the week of August 22-28, 2010, I received a number of interesting and valid questions. One read: 1. Where does a parent go for ideas and advice about how to inform and educate a child who is in this lifestyle without […]
It is My Businessby Dr. Peter Jones | August 27, 2021
I recently heard a sermon that gave me deep concern. It was on 1 Peter 4:12–13, a text that predicts serious suffering for Christian believers. Peter, who was crucified upside down by the “civil” authorities of Rome, wrote: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test […]
Guilty, Anyone?by Dr. Peter Jones | July 20, 2021
How easy it is for us to feel guilty and to make others feel guilty. The damning accusation of racism divides both the culture and the church because it is one of the most deeply felt indictments one could hear. Such an indictment creates guilt and shame in the accused, yet it is deeply subjective. Anyone […]
How to Evaluate Christian Colleges: Six Questions Parents Should Askby David Talcott | July 19, 2021
When you think of a Christian college, what image comes to mind? For many of us, we envision idyllic campuses, brick buildings, devout professors, zealous students, fervent worship, transformative bible studies, and life-long friendships. Christian colleges have influenced the lives of millions of Americans, fostering generations of faithful followers of Christ. But how well does […]
Seattle Pacific University and the State of Christian Higher Educationby David Talcott | July 14, 2021
It can be difficult to communicate exactly what is going on at Christian colleges. But recent events at Seattle Pacific University give a clear illustration of how Christian colleges are on the edge of falling away from a biblical worldview. Originally founded as a Free Methodist seminary in 1891, Seattle Pacific is an old and […]