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This and That 04-13-13

Straight, Bible-Believing Christians Can Undermine God’s Plan for Marriage Too – Just because you are hetero-sexual does not mean that you are reflecting God’s plan for marriage. You don’t get a pass just on marriage because you are not Gay. The basis of a marriage reflecting God’s plan is how it reflects the gospel. In other words a marriage is reflective of God’s plan in so far as it reflects the marriage between Jesus the husband and the church the bride. – Erik Raymond

Why Bible Colleges will Be a Relic of the Past – The cost of college education will continue to grow and the value of the Bachelor’s Degree will continue to be reduced to the value of a High School Diploma. When a Bachelor’s Degree from a State University will be so undervalued in the market, how much more will a Bible College degree be undervalued? I know, the market for Bible college educated people will be the churches that can’t afford to pay them, thus the Bible College as we know it will eventually die out. Our churches will be forced to shift back into a missional mode of church planting and pastoral training. With the advent of the internet, online seminaries will be able to meet the needs of churches with advanced teaching and classes while those being trained will be able to work their jobs and serve in their home churches. They will be better overseen by their own elders who can better assess their qualification for ministry.  Their real qualification, calling and character, will be better tested in the environment of their own churches than in an academic atmosphere where anyone who has the academic abilities and money can attend. – Will Dudding

Kermit Gosnell and the Gospel – The gospel, though, reveals the justice of God. Sin cannot be hidden, and judgment cannot be escaped. The cries of the oppressed, the orphaned, the murdered, are heard, and their Redeemer is strong. Justification isn’t a matter of waving away consequences. It’s a matter of self-crucifixion, of embracing the judgement of God and agreeing with his verdict. And, in Christ, it’s a matter of being joined to another, one against whom no accusation can stand. – Russell Moore

Rick Warren, critics, and the hope of God’s Son – I also deeply love my brothers and sisters in Christ who walk in the truth—even those I disagree with on secondary, open-handed issues. And, the truth is that a lot of people would honor Jesus today if they publicly repented to Pastor Rick of things they have said publicly about him, his family, and his ministry that are untrue during this, the hardest moment of his life as he and Kay hold hands and weep over the death of their younger son. You may want to defend yourself by saying you disagree with some things he’s said. But heck, I disagree with some things I’ve said, and you disagree with some things you’ve said. And, the truth is, you would not hold up well under the scrutiny he receives and opposition he endures. I don’t know how he does it. – Mark Driscoll

‘Who Are You Sleeping With?’ My Conversation with Timothy Keller – Keller illustrated the point by talking about a tactic, one that he admittedly said was almost too cruel to use, that an old college pastor associate of his used when catching up with college students who were home from school. He’d ask them to grab coffee with him to catch up on life. When he’d come to the state of their spiritual lives, they’d often hem and haw, talking about the difficulties and doubts now that they’d taken a little philosophy, or maybe a science class or two, and how it all started to shake the foundations. At that point, he’d look at them and ask one question, “So who have you been sleeping with?” Shocked, their faces would inevitably fall and say something along the lines of, “How did you know?” or a real conversation would ensue. Keller pointed out that it’s a pretty easy bet that when you have a kid coming home with questions about evolution or philosophy, or some such issue, the prior issue is a troubled conscience. Honestly, as a Millennial and college director myself, I’ve seen it with a number of my friends and students—the Bible unsurprisingly starts to become a lot more “doubtful” for some of them once they’d had sex. – Derek Rishmawy

Seven Things Pastors’ Wives Wish They Had Been Told Before They Became Pastors’ Wives – I wish someone had told me how much my husband needs me to build him up. “I need to be his cheerleader. Dealing with critics in the church is difficult. He needs to hear that I respect him now more than ever.” – Thom Rainer

John Piper on the Courage to Go to Prison – Here is a pressing question for my generation: is the courage of John the Baptist at work in us, or will we falter when the question comes to us? It reminded me of what Veronica remarked to me recently: that the day may come when I may be forced to choose between the size of our church—which I love, of course, we love reaching people—and faithfulness to the gospel. – J.D. Greear

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