I’m sure you’re aware of the most recent Beth Moore kerfuffle over on SBC Twitter. Beth has revised her already scant teaching on the topic of homosexuality to bring it into conformity with the spirit of this age, which is to say, she has entirely removed it from her lexicon and her bibliography lest she “demonize” anyone. (No danger of her books being censored by Amazon.) She then labels those questioning her as “hyper-fundamentalists” who are “attacking” her. Meanwhile, sundry of the Who’s Who of Big Eva are actively trying their best to shield her from any criticism, while numerous Revoice participants applaud her “Christ-likeness” in expunging all references to homosexual sin out of existence. Her legions of carnal and poorly discipled followers constantly contribute their “atta-girls” and “we got your back sister” to the spectacle.
I know social media probably isn’t the best format for such discussions, but it seems that no one in the SBC or Lifeway leadership is interested in getting doctrinal answers from, or holding accountable, the most influential teacher in the SBC unless the Twitter peasants like myself get riled up and keep the public pressure on for answers. Is there a better way? Inquiries to the “proper channels” seem to go into the abyss unanswered. Whether it’s the PCA or SBC or whatever, how does Joe Churchgoer actively participate in preventing his denomination from apostatizing?
JD, just be a noisy bucket. Be as noisy as you can be, given everything. But don’t be an empty bucket. We don’t need more of those.
I cannot begin to say how blessed I have been in my ministry and marriage through your work. The Lord has been very kind to Moscow, Idaho and his kindness is extending to many of us here in London through the work of Christ Church and the resources you put out. I hope to meet you one day, thank you for helping me think through how to be a true husband and father.
Sam, you are most welcome.
Do you disagree with the left that “redskins” is a racial slur, or do you disagree with the left that using racial slurs is a bad thing? And if you agree with the left on both of those counts, then what exactly are you complaining about?
Mike, I don’t think it is a racial slur. Or at least is wasn’t until the rise of the Racial Slur Discovery Industry.
I want to thank you for all your posts over the years about how to be a Christian patriot. You have done an exceptional job of teaching how to keep things straight in this area. Thank you!
Steven, you are welcome, and thanks for paying attention.
Technical question and forgive me if I didn’t get some memo, but I can no longer access Blog and Mablog as an app on my phone or iPad. I searched the App Store to reinstall it and couldn’t find it. Is it no longer an app? Thanks.
Anne, it is no longer available as an app. We had to discontinue it because it was just too buggy.
The Rise of Liberty
I checked out the Douglas Kelly book The Emergence of Liberty in the Modern world. An “aha” moment came from a reviewer’s description. [The book] “is a thoughtful challenge to conventional Enlightenment historiography.” In my experience, my educators didn’t even stop to think about the Enlightenment being the lens through which we are viewing history in the social sciences. The Enlightenment is synonymous with truth and to criticize anything about it is to go back to the dark ages. No wonder there are no hooks to hang a religious liberty comes from Christian though argument on. All my hooks are from a particular worldview that likes to paint Calvin as an intolerant bastard who frog marched his opponents through the streets of Geneva, and forced them to recant publically recant for disagreeing with him. I’m looking forward to this reading.
A Hard One
Would you consider writing one of your “letters of advice” to me? Two years ago, my sister announced that her 3 year old daughter was now a “boy”. Since then, we (my family) have been standing for the truth in love and avoiding pronouns, but are really getting nowhere since our words are unintelligible to one another. Maybe it is fruitless to use logic to fight a lust, but I would be interested in your comments.
Heidi, stand fast. You already summarized everything perfectly with that phrase “use logic to fight a lust.”
Leggings and More
I wrote a piece on leggings for my university paper a decade ago and got a bit of blow back but I also got a lot of guys saying very quietly “thanks, I thought I was the only person who was thinking it.” Your angle of “screw you” really adds the necessary depth that the “screw me” one lacks. Having just gone to the beach with my family and asking myself whether this is the best place for a man to spend unoccupied hours, I was wondering if you have any unique insights into the following keywords: swimwear, women, men, family vacation, modesty, etc. Thanks
Jordan, I hope to write more on all of it.
Thank you for this post. Could you please cover bikinis next? I grew up in a beach town and it was pretty common to hear Christian women say that it was not your place to call someone immodest for wearing a bikini. Modesty is actually a matter of the heart, they’d say, and you can’t judge their hearts. I’ve even heard this from pastors’ wives and (since the Lord has changed my own heart in regard to modesty) it’s always left me a little gobsmacked.
Tricia, a matter of the heart is precisely what modesty isn’t. As noted above, I do hope to write more about all of this.
I’m a week late on the modesty discussion. I’ve got a wonderful wife that fully desires to submit to me in the area of modesty. But I have hard time defining what is modest and what isn’t. I’ve generally trusted my gut. “I’ll know it’s immodest when I see it.” But that results in conversations like: “Honey, that skirt seems a little short.” “But, I asked you about it two weeks ago and you thought it was fine.” “Oh I did?”
I don’t want to be too legalistic, but my wife almost wants me to be legalistic so she knows what standard she can use to buy her clothes. How do you set a standard that a wife and daughters can use, without becoming legalistic?
Roger, make up some house rules. They are just rule of thumb, and then deal with exceptions as they arise.
Re: “The Immobile Moderate,” it’s not just things learned in the 60s that will get you called an extremist. We’ve reached the point where ideas presented in women’s studies classrooms at liberal universities in the late 90s and early 00s are now considered views only a deplorable reactionary would hold.
Lori, yes. The revolution is a gigantic conveyor belt that runs to the lip of the abyss.
“Some hundreds of protesters, moms mostly, showed up outside to protest this travesty of a pig’s breakfast, and so, naturally, there were 30 or 40 cops there to protect the drag queens, along with two SWAT team snipers on the roof, also there to protect the sacred mission going on inside.”
If I remember correctly, you have previously used the number of cops necessary at one of your own events as a proof for how horrible the protesters were. To use them in the opposite manner here feels inconsistent.
Jon, not quite. I had about twenty cops around me so that I could deliver a lecture in a university classroom, and the protestors were dedicated to not allowing me to deliver a lecture in a classroom. In this instance, moms were protesting the sexual grooming of young children, and they were considered the threat. Every society has a protected class and a threatening class. Everything boils down to “what should we protect?” and “what do we think of as threatening?”