Welcoming vs. affirming
In the LGBTQ debate there is a demand that for a church to be welcoming, it must also affirm people’s lifestyle. Trevin Wax highlights the problem with that – it’s not the church’s business to be affirming anyone.
“What is the crux of the problem here? It’s the expectation that the church would be in the business of affirming anyone at all. The Bible teaches that God’s righteousness cuts us all down to size. If a church were to close its doors to sinners, it would be empty. And if a church were to empty itself of only some kinds of sinners, it would soon be full only of self-righteousness. Better then for the church to close its doors entirely.”
Paul Tripp video offers encouragement for every parent
Paul Tripp offers some insightful and encouraging biblical principles for parenting in his new videos series and the first session can be watched for free. This is a great hour-long session to watch with your better half (skip ahead to the 18:30 mark to get right to the talk).
Should teens own smartphones?
Some giants in the tech industry are questioning whether it’s wise. Related, here is a Jewish a cappella group encouraging a shabbat (the Jewish sabbath) rest from more than just work
Does Liberal Christianity leads to atheism?
Bart Campolo says that his atheistic turn started when he gave up on believing that God is sovereign. After that, it was just a matter of working out things to their “logical” ends.
Godly dominion vs. Environmentalism
Dr. Calvin Beisner headlined Reformed Perspective‘s 2017 speaking tour, sharing a message similar to this one.
What I want from the news
Tim Challies gives a good summary of what we’d all like from the news (which is what RP tries to deliver).