Morning Mashup 12/17

Bye-Bye Bible – “A curious feature of church history in the West over the last 200 years or so is that theological leadership and pastoral training have increasingly fallen into the hands of figures and schools of thought that reject the Bible’s veracity.”

The “Celibate Gay Christian” Movement – I am intrigued by this discussion. When Denny Burk speaks to sexual ethics, we would all do well to listen. He writes, “The defining element of same-sex attraction is desire for a sexual relationship with someone of the same sex. Once that desire is removed, it is no longer SSA. It is just friendship. In that sense, same-sex attraction is not a means to better, more holy friendships. It is an impediment to them. When one feels himself desiring a sexual relationship with a person of the same-sex, the only appropriate response is repentance from sin (2 Tim. 2:22). It is not right or helpful to think of that sinful attraction as the foundation for building holy friendships. It is not.”

The Sport of Headis – Ever wanted to combine ping pong and soccer? Me either. But in Germany the sport of headis has combined the two into a bizarre, yet awesome game.

5 of the Best Free Bible Study Tools – As you consider reading through the Bible in 2015, check out these valuable and FREE resources.

15 Right Responses to Our Christian Celebrities – “Ever since Whitefield, the church has wrestled with what to do with her own celebrities. Should we embrace them as gifts from God, or reject them as products of the world? The question has been on the minds of Christians in the United States since before there were United States.”

Christmas Traditions for Progress and Joy – “Enjoy a cherished tradition. Develop a new one. And as you celebrate may your Christmas be with filled with progress and joy in the faith!”

Football and the Value of Humanity – “Comparing modern American football to barbaric gladiatorial culture is misguided at best and outright deceitful at worst.”

Where the gospel is not cherished, the Spirit will not be experienced. —J.D. Greear


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