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    • So to summarize from the speeches made by Senator Clinton and President Clinton:

       
         
      • Marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman.
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      • Marriage is a foundational institution because it exists for the raising of children.
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      • The presence of illegitimacy, out-of-wedlock births, and divorce negatively affect our children.
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      • The states have a right to define marriage as they see fit and recognize marriage according to their definition.
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      • The Government should be held to a very high level of proof before interfering with someone’s free exercise of religion.
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      • We can never be too diligent in protecting religious liberty.
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      • Religious believers not be ashamed to admit that their actions may be motivated by faith and by their understanding of God’s will.
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      • We need more religion in the public square, not less.
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      • We should respect other people’s faith (or lack thereof), but without running from our own convictions.
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      • We should fight to the death to preserve the right of every American to practice his or her convictions.

  • Bruce Jenner, of course, is a symbol, a celebrity spokesperson for an entire mentality that sees gender as separate from biological identity.
  • In a fallen universe, all of us are alienated, in some way, from who were designed to be. That alienation manifests itself in different ways in different people.
  • The answer is to realize that all of us are born alienated from what we were created to be. We don’t need to fix what happened in our first birth; we need a new birth altogether.

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  • All three of us agreed on some key fundamentals.  The church is an act of God’s grace and is thus to be governed in form and content by God's Word.  The local congregation is the place for Christian discipleship.  Well-structured polity helps prevent the church from becoming a cult while at the same time curtailing rampant individualism.  Church power is ministerial, rooted in the kingship of Christ and thus limited by his Word.   And that the Bible teaches a polity and thus polity is very important.
  • In the meantime, what was so clear as the evening drew to a close is that each of us sees self-conscious, well-constructed polity, connected to an elaborate doctrinal confession, as vital to Christian discipleship.  We are moving into an era in America where the gap between Christianity and the wider culture is going to be more dramatic and more hostile than previous generations might have anticipated. Identities are all the rage today; But such is the pressure on Christianity that only a self-conscious understanding of our identity reinforced and cultivated by proper church community, will (humanly speaking) enable us to survive as distinct from the world around us. And as those committed to the supreme authority of the Bible, which teaches both confession and polity, we must realize that our theology, if biblical, must profoundly shape the governance and worship of our churches.

  • How did the work of the Banner begin? Who were its founders? What exactly is a ‘Trust’? Watch the video below to find the answer to these and more. Please consider sharing this video with others. It is an excellent way to introduce someone to the history and ongoing work of the Banner of Truth Trust.

  • Also tonight, another former member of the Gloriavale sect has contacted Campbell Live to share his story.

    Barnabas Ben Canaan was raised at Gloriavale, but by the time he was 14 years of age he knew he wanted out.

    Despite being desperate to leave, he wasn't allowed to until he turned 16.

  • "Paper will always be around. It helps express a fundamental part of human experience," he said.

  • It is simply not true that the only way to resolve this conflict is by embracing a so-called transgender identity for these children. Studies have shown that 70%-80% of children who report having transgender feelings eventually grow out of them (read about it here).
  • Right now, the media narrative is only presenting one side of the story. They are acting as if there is only one way to help these children. Yet it may be that there is a better way to resolve the conflict that these children are experiencing. It may be that the most loving way to help them is to steer them into embracing a gender identity that aligns with their sexual identity.

  • First, there are surprisingly few references to the universal church in the NT.
  • We must say at least a little about what are traditionally called the marks of the church. In the Reformed heritage, borrowed nowadays by many others, there are three: the church is the assembly where the Word is rightly taught, where the sacraments (some would say "ordinances") are rightly celebrated, and where discipline is practiced.
  • The third mark, the discipline of the church, presupposes the urgency of preserving the church in faithfulness to God in both doctrine and life.

  • Too many pastors use illustrations as a substitute for exegesis, rather than as something that illumines or applies their exegesis.
  • Spurgeon, the master illustrator, said that a sermon without illustrations is like a house without windows. But, he adds, you don’t want a house that is only windows!
  • And this sort of illustration does not burn the clock like so many stories are apt to do.

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  • Third, the most moving part of the documentary deals with the period leading up to the Doctor’s death.  At some point, he is asked whether he is upset that he will never preach again.  His response is that it was never about his preaching in the first place, it was about Christ.  He rejoiced not in the influence of his ministry but in the fact that his name was written in heaven.   There is a lesson for every single one of us there.

  • |Keith and Kristyn Getty are modern-day hymnists whose compositions are being sung by congregations around the world. Tracy Smith talks to the Irish artists at their Nashville home, and with professor Jerry Rushford, an expert in the art of liturgical song, about some of the most beloved and timeless hymns ever written.

  • The simple answer to this question is that such denominations have stopped granting ultimate authority to the clear teaching of the Word of God
  • *This is the dread "slippery slope" argument, which is so offensive to those who have slid down it but which is nonetheless proved by the chain of compromises that has left them in so obviously unbiblical a position as the endorsement of homosexuality.

    ** It is for this reason lamentable that many churches have left mainline denominations over the issue of homosexual acceptance but have retained the unbiblical practice of ordaining women to the eldership and ministry.  By doing this, they have only moved up the slippery slope rather than off of it, and it is hard to see how they will avoid sliding back down before long.

  • How many people alive today can say that their father was a Civil War soldier who shook hands with Abraham Lincoln in the White House? Fred Upham can.
  • All are very old "children" (Fred, 93, is not the oldest among them), born mostly in the 1910s and 1920s to Civil War veterans and young brides. The fathers, typically on second marriages, were in their 70s or 80s when these children were born.
  • Extraordinary even among this exclusive group of Civil War children are four surviving siblings from the same family: Charles Parker Pool's sons, John, Garland, and William, and his daughter, Florence Wilson. Their father served in the Union's Sixth West Virginia Infantry.

  • By making their case for homosexuality on supposedly biblical grounds, Vines and Gushee sow confusion within the body of believers. The crux of the matter is this question: “Is there room within Christianity for different understandings of human sexuality?”
  • If the answer is yes, then the orthodox Christian understanding of sex has already lost.

  • Death is the one insurmountable reminder of the power, or the tyranny, of our bodies over our personal being and humanity. Our bodies are testimony to the fact that we are not ultimately in control. We are not sovereign. We are not gods. We hate that and we energetically seek to deny it. Thus, the attempt to defy the limitations of our bodies and the desire to control life and death are really two aspects of the same thing.
  • Some people seem to take a pride in such things which cannot be explained by merely pragmatic criteria such as convenience and choice. Something deeper, something more spiritual, something more sinister, is at work here.

  • it has to be my favourite book on ecclesiology. If evangelicals buy it and read it, I think it will strengthen us immensely for a time when knowing what the church is is going to be crucial if we are to remain faithful and distinctive.
  • Evangelicalism as a movement is ill-equipped to handle the questions which current sexual identity movements are posing
  • First, evangelicalism’s transdenominational approach to theological testimony may well help foster broad alliances on ethical matters but there is always a danger that in doing so ethics becomes detached from an elaborate theological framework

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  • Except this one point reminded me not to think of my husband only as my spouse---he is my brother in Christ.

  • Was one of us Jewish? The jeweler wanted to know. Was either of us leaving another religion to become Jewish? No, we were not. Well then, he was sorry but he would not give us that particular quotation. The point was non-negotiable.
  • hat innocents we were. It never entered our minds to challenge the denial. We took for granted the man’s moral right to refuse us; any legal issue, then, was irrelevant. But by today’s lights, we gave in too readily. We could have raised a stink. Demanded our rights as consumers. Bullied the vendor with accusations of anti-Christian bigotry. We did not have to submit to the discomfort of being told we were ineligible for what we desired.
  • The way to protect religious liberty is not to bleat for it but to expose the distortions, conjectural ploys, and rabble-rousing used against it. It requires tooth. By contrast, the bishops’ bridge-over-troubled-waters approach signaled to RFRA antagonists that self-serving outbursts really do work. It cooperated with bootlicking politicians in ceding ground that was never in play. Reassurance misapplied is a sentimental concession to demagoguery. 

    Enough.

  • “Millennials seem reluctant to make blanket black-and-white moral pronouncements about issues they see as complex.” That’s where this idea of the “don’t judge generation” comes from. It’s true, Millennials seem reluctant to make blanket black-and-white moral pronouncements about complex issues, and that’s exactly how they are judgmental. Millennials don’t just keep from making black-and-white statement themselves, they think that it is morally reprehensible and “discriminatory” for anyone to make black-and-white moral pronouncements about these issues.
  • The only thing Millennials are black-and-white on when it comes to matters of sexual morality is that you aren’t allowed to be black-and-white on sexual morality.

  • Now, consider the Apple Watch: With this 38mm device you can check your heart rate and check email; order flowers and hail a cab—even advance medical research by participating in a study! At a certain level, the Apple Watch is good, because it helps us fulfill our creation mandate. But is it all that simple?
  • That’s as true of Apple Watch as anything else—perhaps more so. Given its $350 starting price tag, with editions reaching $12,000; the gateway it provides to images and anonymous relationships; and Apple-brand cachét, Apple Watch has the potential to capture the human heart in destructive ways.
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