Signers and Decliners

Image By D.G. Hart - Posted at Old Life : Now comes another statement, named for a Tennessee city, with the signatures of more Christian scholars attached to it. I wonder if those who signed “ An Open Letter from Christian Scholars on Racism in America Today ” will also sign the Nashville Statement  on biblical sexuality. Lots of professors are listed on each statement, and yet I can’t help but think each set has reservations about the scholarship practiced by the signers of the other statement. What is it about statements? The one time Tim Keller and I agreed came in 1996 at the meeting of theologians and pastors that produced the Cambridge Declaration , a statement that expressed concerns about contemporary worship and megachurches. Keller did not sign. Nor did I. My reasons for not signing went along the lines that Matthew Anderson recently gave for not signing the Nashville Statement: While I am generally ‘statement-averse,’ it seems r

Christian Ministry Sues Southern Poverty Law Center

By Steve Byas - Posted at The New American : “These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith.” “We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong,” said Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO of the D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM), in announcing the filing of a defamation and religious discrimination lawsuit against the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). SPLC has listed DJKM and other conservative and Christian organizations as "anti-LGBT hate groups." Included in the lawsuit are complaints against Amazon, for keeping DJKM off its charity donation program, AmazonSmile, and the charity rating organization Guide Star. “Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as ‘hate’ groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful," stated Wright. "In the case of the Southern Pove

Kinism: The Law of Kin Rule

Posted at Design of Providence : You shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman. [Deuteronomy 17:15] This verse is cited by Kinists as a "law of kin rule." According to the Kinist interpretation, this verse teaches that a people must be ruled by one of their own kin, or a closely related family member. Hence, a black African could not be a ruler of a white European nation, and vice versa. For such a thing to happen would be a violation of God's Law. One example of this, as it is argued from the Kinist position: is impossible for a multi-racial country to obey God’s law of kin rule in Deut 17:15. This is one of the reasons why ethno-nationalism is a Kinist position; one political country per one blood nation and one blood nation per one political country. [ source ] In order to examine the con

Spurgeon and the Hurricane of 1878

By Christian George - Posted at The Spurgeon Center : The Spurgeon Center Since last Sunday, Hurricane Harvey has pummeled the Gulf Coast of Texas with winds raging up to 130 miles per hour. Five people have lost their lives, 30,000 have sought shelter, and Houston—America’s fourth largest city— has become ground zero for rooftop evacuations and helicopter rescues. Our prayers continue to be with those who have lost loved ones, and for those deprived of food and shelter. Charles Spurgeon can offer encouragement to those struggling in the storm. On Sunday, March 24, 1878, a hurricane struck London. At around 4:00 PM, Spurgeon was mediating on Scripture when the silence was broken “by the noise of doors and windows, and the terrible howling of the blast.” At that same hour, the H.M.S. Eurydice —a fully rigged, wooden British training ship—was sailing by the Isle of Wight when a hurricane capsized the vessel and killed 364 men. Four-year-old Winston Churchill, who happened to

Is There a Meaning in the Total Eclipse?

Posted at Reformation Scotland : A total eclipse event has lost none of its power to provoke wonder, fear, and reflection. Totality can have an unusual effect that some people call life-changing. “I’ve seen people get on their knees and pray,” one man says “I’ve seen scientists cry”. Weeping and embracing, people feel overwhelmed about being brought together in the same experience. Everyone wants to find some meaning in it, not just those with a leaning to apocalyptic theory or astrology. “I’m not religious”, said another man, “but I think it’s something very like when God says, ‘let there be light’”. Should we find a meaning in it and what would that be? A Time magazine article reckoned that the true meaning of the eclipse lay in the momentary unity of a very divided United States. Similar imagery features in Scripture of course, particularly in passages describing future judgment. Some also think it may have been involved in Hezekiah’s sign. One passage that seems to allude