This and That 07-06-13

How to Preach Like D.A. Carson Without Sounding Like Him – The 90 to 13 ratio means this: preach at a level where 90% of what you say is intelligible to a 13 year old… Two former colleagues of mine, who earned their M.Div. at Trinity, independently recounted to me that preaching tip Carson told them. He said he aims 90% of what he says in his sermon to be understood by a junior high student. This doesn’t mean that he “dumbs down” his content, it means that he speaks in a less technical manner. – Eric McKiddie

Christians Are Not Called to Have Amazing Sex – Henriquez’s story is important because it highlights an issue the abstinence movement rarely acknowledges: sexual incompatibility within marriage. While this issue may seem irrelevant, it is actually fundamental to traditional Christian beliefs about sex. The fact that sexual compatibility does not matter to Christians when choosing a spouse makes the shocking and countercultural statement that sex is not our God. It indicates that we are willing to make a commitment to someone with whom we may be sexually incompatible, with whom we may never have good sex, because the purpose of marriage is not pleasure, but formation. – Rachel Pietka

Jesus Never Moves On – The Bible tells us that a man is to love his wife in such a way that he imitates the love Christ has for his church, for his people. And if there is anything at all we know about Christ’s love for his people it is this: it is a love that will never end. Though we may stray for a time, he will draw us back. Though we may give up on Christ, he will never give up on us. His love will endure. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). – Tim Challies

“Mom, Dad… I’m Gay.” A Christian Parent’s Response – Seventh, I’d encourage the son not to see himself as a homosexual, not to define himself by his sexuality. Rather I’d want him to see himself as creature made in God’s image, a man with many parts to his identity, a person with many gifts, a son with a diverse character and personality, one part of which, at least for the moment, is to have a homosexual desires. – David Murray


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