- The Humility of a King by Brett Kunkle: “Matthew, writing to a Jewish audience, spends the rest of his gospel demonstrating that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, the prophesied ‘Ruler, who will shepherd [God’s] people Israel’ (2:6). But in contrast to earthly kings, the rulership of Jesus is not about exercising power and authority to lord over men (20:25). This King is different…. Jesus contrasts the leader’s grab for earthly authority and power with the hierarchy of the kingdom: ‘But the greatest among you shall be your servant.’ … How does all of this relate to my work? Sometimes apologetics is cast as a power move. It is the Christian’s attempt to dominate others through power of intellect and argumentation. If I win the argument, I win the day. However, this is not our apologetic at Stand to Reason. Yes, we want to demonstrate the truth of Christianity. Yes, we want to demonstrate the powerful arguments in favor of Christianity. But the end goal is not submission to our apologetics arguments, but humble submission to Jesus, the only ruler worthy of our worship.” (Read more)
- The Reformation the Church Doesn't Need by Alan Shlemon: “Last month, I attended the national conference of The Reformation Project in Washington, D.C. Its founder, Matthew Vines, calls himself a gay Christian. Their mission statement says they are “dedicated to training LGBT Christians and their allies to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity through the teaching of the Bible.” In other words, they want to change the Church to affirm practicing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people by reinterpreting the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality. This isn’t a minor project, either. They use the term ‘reformation’ because they believe their mission is in line with the noble reform efforts of Martin Luther. They intend the Church’s transformation to be just as significant as it was post-Luther. They have a two-pronged approach to accomplishing their goal. First, they want every Christian who believes homosexual behavior is sin to encounter a gay person in their life…. Second, they are training Christians to argue for a revisionist understanding of the biblical texts on homosexuality.” (Read more)
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