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Why Gay Marriage is Good (and Bad) for the Church

Trevin writes one of the wisest responses to yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling so far:

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act serves as a boost to ongoing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation.

Christians believe marriage is defined by God and recognized by government. But many today believe marriage is defined by government and must be recognized by all.

For this reason, I’m not optimistic about the trends concerning marriage and family in the United States. Neither am I sure of what all this means for those who, in good conscience, stand against the tide.

But I am optimistic about the church of Jesus Christ. We’ve been through societal transformations before, and we’re sure to go through them again.

Russell Moore also offers an excellent response here.

The Joy of Not Sinning

Tim Challies:

Putting sin to death is never easy—life does not bring much that is the rare combination of easy and worth doing. Sanctification is no exception. Yet few things are more rewarding, more encouraging, than seeing victory over sin, seeing a pet sin begin to look ugly, seeing its power erode, seeing its prevalence diminish. Few things bring so great a sense of God’s pleasure and so great an opportunity for worship than not sinning in the face of what was once a near-irresistible temptation.

The Popularity, Pitfalls, and Practice of Christ-Centered Interpretation

David Murray:

I’m greatly encouraged and deeply grateful for the increasing popularity of Christ-centered preaching from the Old Testament. Which Christian doesn’t rejoice in more people hearing more of Christ? But why the recent upsurge of interest?

“What Do You Do?” An Echo of Genesis 2

Richard Phillips, in an excerpt from his excellent book The Masculine Mandate (which is available for free for a few more days in various eBook formats from Ligonier):

In a world in which God has called men to work, this should not be surprising. Do you see the theological tie-back here? In this mundane example, we catch a glimmer of the profundity of Scripture, the kind of glimmer we notice all the time if we’re paying attention. The simple who-is-this-guy conversations we have with strangers are not random events. They sprout from the theology of work and calling rooted in the garden and recorded in Genesis 2.

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