Have you ever come home from work and walked into a cluttered home and thought “It’s so funny how my spouse can’t seem to find where these things go”? I have. And on the most recent occasion of this, two hours later, sitting in the living room, I noticed seven personal items (shoes, books, etc.) in random places throughout the room, and none of them belonged there.
Did I mention they were MY personal items?
When young people arrive at college they are encouraged to keep this focus on themselves by student groups, faculty members and also administrators whose full-time job is to deal with — and heighten the significance of — “diversity issues.” Fox News and other conservative media outlets make great sport of mocking the “campus craziness” that surrounds such issues, and more often than not they are right to. Which only plays into the hands of populist demagogues who want to delegitimize learning in the eyes of those who have never set foot on a campus. How to explain to the average voter the supposed moral urgency of giving college students the right to choose the designated gender pronouns to be used when addressing them? How not to laugh along with those voters at the story of a University of Michigan prankster who wrote in “His Majesty”?
HB Charles Jr:
He was genuinely shocked by my answer. You would assume those who have preached for a long time or who preach regularly eventually get to a place where they are no longer nervous about preaching. Yet even skilled, prepared, and experienced preachers get nervous at preaching time. If they do not, they should.
This is a good response from John Piper.
The response was not surprising. Some called it a “purge”; others a “witch hunt.” In October, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) told its 1,300 staff members that they are expected to abide by the organization’s theological commitments—in particular those on human sexuality. If a staff member disagrees with IVCF’s views (which are traditionally orthodox), they are expected to resign.
We have a different name for IVCF’s action: discipleship.
From within these three biblical truths, the question regarding Christ’s impeccability or peccability must be answered. If (2) is upheld, it would seem that the Son, by becoming a man, would be able to sin. After all, as the peccability argument goes, if Jesus could not have sinned, then how is he truly like us? Yet, given that the person of the incarnation is the divine Son, would not (3) apply to him and thus render him unable to sin? Ultimately, the challenge is to uphold all three truths simultaneously without minimizing any of them. How shall we do so?
Wendy Alsup tackles 1 Timothy 2:15.
Two years ago this week, a terrorist launched an assault on Canada’s Parliament Building in Ottawa, making it within a couple of doors from then Prime Minister Stephen Harper before being killed by Kevin Vickers. Here’s what I wrote after it happened:
The idea of a terrorist attack in Canada probably seems bizarre. I mean, it’s Canada. We’re all nice and polite and we have criminals who plan massive maple syrup heists. We have incredibly complex gun laws that require people to apply for permission to think about buying a gun.
We don’t have terrorist attacks. Except, it seems, we do.