Just days before the convention, news broke that a congregation in suburban Los Angeles has decided to affirm same-sex sexuality and relationships. In an hour-long video posted on the Internet, Pastor Danny Cortez explains his personal change of mind and position on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex relationships. He also addressed the same issues in a letter posted at Patheos.com.
In the letter, Cortez describes a sunny day at the beach in August of 2013 when “I realized I no longer believed in the traditional teachings regarding homosexuality.”
As Christians we have the great privilege of knowing that God speaks to us through his Word, the Bible. There is no other book like it—no other book that rewards us with God’s own words. But to know what God says to us, and how God means for us to live, we need to do a little bit of work. Every Christian, and every preacher in particular, has to go from the text to today. We all wonder, “But what does this mean to me?” or “What does this mean to my congregation?”
Every word of the Bible was written at a certain time and in a certain context. Even the most recent of those times and the nearest of those contexts is at a great distance from us in time and space. Thus, when we read the Bible, we have to determine how those words apply to us today in our very different times and very different contexts. It is not always a simple task.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
This month, Ligonier Ministries is Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow by R.C. Sproul as their free book of the month. You can also grab the ePub edition at Ligonier.org.
Crossway has put four volumes from the Knowing the Bible series on sale for 99¢:
Also on sale:
- The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung—99¢
- Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz—$3.99
- Understanding Scripture edited by Wayne Grudem—$3.99
- Reasons for Faith by Various—$3.99
- Ancient Word Changing Worlds by Stephen Nichols and Eric Brandt—$3.99
- Beyond Bath Time by Erin Davis—$2.99
- Life Without Limbs by Nick Vujicic—$3.99
Ray Ortlund shares a brilliant quote from Martin Luther.
Hackschooling and happiness
This is a very impressive Ted Talk from a 13-year-old boy: