Everywhere we look, it seems there’s a lot that needs fixing: tension between police and poor communities, political deadlock in Washington, children pouring over our borders to escape danger and poverty in their home countries. … What’s a follower of Jesus to do?
It’s quite possibly the case that, as leaders, we keep using the same term without really understanding what we mean by it, or holding different meanings among ourselves as leaders. Such as the term “church.”
Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. As the church responds to this revolution, we must remember that current debates on sexuality present to the church a crisis that is irreducibly and inescapably theological.
God has put enough into this world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason alone. Faith and reason must always work together in that plausible blend.
Fides sola est quae justificat; fides quae justificat non est sola – "It is faith alone that justifies; but faith that justifies is never alone!" This isn’t just a statement about the alone-ness of faith as the means by which we receive God’s justifying grace, but something much more far-reaching.
Male violence against women is a real problem in our culture, one the church must address. Our responsibility here is not simply at the level of social justice but at the level of ecclesical justice as well.
Now more than ever we need to rethink the connection between showing mercy to trespassers and seeking forgiveness for our own trespasses. Revival will come to America when Christians begin doing justice to the American prison system.
If Vicky Beeching were the worship leader of a congregation committed to a biblical understanding of sexuality, she would face the discipline of the church. But is that the same thing as a congregation singing songs written by someone outside of the congregation?
Christian institutions should not continue to function if they are required to compromise in doctrine or in practice on Christian faith or morality. It may be that distinctively Christian educational or social service institutions will not be legally possible in the future.
Part of the role of government is to provide for the common defense. With this understanding, protection of the unborn should be a priority of a just government. But what of social justice for the unborn?
The Chronicles of Narnia are a retelling of the Incarnation – Lewis’ wonderful attempt to teach us that the story about Christ is more vibrant, accessible, engaging, and meaningful than we ever realized.
What happens when technology far out paces ethics? People get devalued. John Stonestreet says we have to work to persuade everyone that people are not mere mortals. This is the fifth of a five-part series "In His Image."