Mars Hill Senior Pastor Mark Driscoll is warning of darker days ahead for the church. If he is right (and I think he is), then I believe we are going to see a growing conflict which will challenge both our structures (how we do church) and our values (what we believe and why). On a related theme, I have argued that we are witnessing the death of private conscience if the expression of that conscience conflicts with the “politically correct conscience” of our culture. For example, broadcaster Craig James was recently fired by Fox Sports for views he expressed concerning gay marriage during a prior run for political office. Gay activists are training 50 people to work on convincing Evangelical Churches to re-interpret the Scriptures and change their views concerning homosexuality. The Catholic Church recently gave instructions to its military chaplains, barring them from participating in services and ceremonies for gay couples. And a young woman at Smith College is being vilified for suggesting the possibility of a “straight” sorority. On a positive note, Trevin Wax of The Gospel Coalition shares some excellent thoughts on people, church and our desire to remain unchanged by Jesus. And author Jessica Hong shares some reflections on the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. Few things in life are harder to refute than a politically correct scientific conclusion: The Earth Hasn’t Warmed In 15 Years. Oopps. Miscellaneous. Having written a brief book on the seven churches of Revelation (“When Jesus Visits His Church” – available on Kindle), I was impressed by this summary of the seven churches by Kevin DeYoung. Well done! Finally, some things are just too good to pass up. Apparently, being a gorilla is no excuse for acting like an animal.
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