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Professor, @BoyceCollege, @SBTS; Associate Pastor, @KenwoodBC; President, @CBMWorg
19 Jul
I’ve thought a lot about this article since reading it yesterday. It’s hard to formulate an apt response because the author does not define what he means by racism, systemic or otherwise.

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If he means that Christians should fight against racial partiality or racial animus, then of course there can be no disagreement about that. It is our moral duty to love our neighbor and to treat them with equal weights and measures.

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But if he means that Christians must fight against “racism” defined as any racially disparate outcome, then there is no necessary moral obligation to do that. (More on that below)

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2 Jun
You can follow Jesus, or you can celebrate Pride.

But you can’t do both.

Those who say you can are lying.

“The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

-1 John 2:4
The good news of the gospel, however, is that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—including LGBTQ+ sinners! Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and he was raised three days later to give us eternal life.

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Any sinner—no matter what they’ve done—can be connected to Christ’s saving work by repenting from sin and believing in the gospel (Mark 1:15).

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8 May
“While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.”

-Baptist Faith & Message (BF&M)
“An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife...” -1 Timothy 3:2

“I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.” -1 Timothy 2:12

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We know what the Bible says. We know what the BF&M says. The former is God’s word. The latter is a faithful interpretation of God’s word.

The Bible identifies many areas of meaningful ministry for women, but that does not include the office or function of a pastor.

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15 Feb
No Christian’s ministry is so vital that they have transcended the need and the command to be vitally connected to a local church.

If you are not so connected, all is not well with you—no matter how successful you think your ministry is.

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“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

-Hebrews 10:24-25

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Being a member of a local church is not a cure-all. People sin in grievous ways even in the best of churches.

Nevertheless, real and vital connection to a local church should be a threshold requirement of any Christian’s ministry.

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4 Feb
CRT really is a universal acid, burning through and destroying so many precious things.

@NYTmag reports on the effort—already well underway—to condemn and destroy classics as a discipline.

Utter madness.

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“To see classics the way Padilla sees it means breaking the mirror; it means condemning the classical legacy as one of the most harmful stories we’ve told ourselves.”

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“Classics and whiteness are the bones and sinew of the same body; they grew strong together, and they may have to die together.”

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11 Sep 20
Ruminating on 9-11 and differences between THEN and NOW in our national life. They are stark.

THEN: The nation was unified by national tragedy.

NOW: The nation is divided over pandemic, protests/riots, and an election.

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THEN: The nation was immeasurably grateful for and valorizing first responders, including policeman.

NOW: The nation is divided with many expressing open hostility toward policemen and wishing to disband police forces.

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THEN: The nation reveled in patriotism and love of country.

NOW: The nation is divided with many anathematizing the nation.

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29 Aug 20
Just reading a biblical scholar arguing that God's command for Israel to destroy the Canaanites cannot be excused or justified. In other words, God was WRONG in Deut. 20:16, and the Israelites were WRONG to obey Him.

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I'm not going to explain the ethics of the conquest of the Holy Land in a twitter thread. Rest assured, however, that Christianity does account for it. Even though our understanding is often very difficult for modern readers, it is coherent. E.g., ca.thegospelcoalition.org/columns/ad-fon…

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One thing I will point out, however. Christian theology takes it as axiomatic that God is good. He never does anything wrong. If your explanation of the conquest of Canaan begins with "we cannot excuse or justify" what God has done, you are no longer doing CHRISTIAN theology.

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13 Aug 20
“For most of human history, after all, families across the Western world were defined in largely biblical terms: one man, one woman, with children conceived through sex and sanctified by marriage. Everyone else was just a bastard.”

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“I.V.G. could allow individuals like our fictional Anna and Nicole to manufacture their own eggs and sperm... enabling more than two people to create a child together. And in the process, our basic notion of families is liable to get upended as well.”

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“If the techniques of I.V.G. prove feasible, therefore... A single woman, for example, might mix her egg with sperm fashioned from the genetic material of her two best male friends; the resulting child would have three genetic parents.”

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3 Aug 20
"Debates about nationalism versus assimilation figure prominently in current discourse about race. One strand of critical race theory energetically backs the nationalist view..."

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"Derrick Bell, for example, urged his fellow African Americans to foreswear the struggle for school integration and aim for building the best possible black schools..."

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"Nationalists honor ethnic studies and history as vital disciplines and look with skepticism on members of their groups who date, marry, or form close friendships with whites or seek employment in white-dominated workplaces or industries."

pp. 67-69

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1 Aug 20
My top 5 list of quintessential 80's songs.

#5 - "Jump" by Van Halen

This is the only "hair band" song on the list, but there is no "hair band" song more 80's than this one. Proof? Its prominence in the "Ready Player One" movie trailer.

#4 - "True" by Spandau Ballet

You get 100 points if you can tell me what classic 80's movie this track was a part of. Two-hundred points if you can name the scene. Three-Hundred if you can name the Disney movie a cover version appeared in. No Googling.

#3 - "Time after Time" by Cyndi Lauper



This song still holds up, and that's why so many bands have covered it over the years. My favorite cover version is probably the one by QuietDrive: .
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31 Jul 20
This article in the Louisville Courier-Journal is really disturbing.

Protesters are demanding that Louisville business owners submit to their demands, which include undergoing "diversity training" and admitting their complicity in gentrification.

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The protesters have created a "Social Justice Rating System" for downtown businesses. The ratings tell whether or not a business is conforming to the "NuLu Social Justice Health & Wellness Code." (I have looked online for this code, but can't find it.)

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Businesses can be rated either A-"ally", C-"complicit", or F-"failed".

An A-rating is a business that supports "black liberation" and that "meets the requirements of the NuLu Social Justice Health and Wellness Code without critical violations."

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7 Jul 20
Racial hatred really exists, and it really is evil.

Marxist revolutionaries really exist too, and they really do mean to overturn the social order.

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There seem to be so few who can or will see BOTH challenges as the seeds of revolution spill out into the streets of major cities across the country.

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The difficult thing for Christians in our current moment is that we are told that we have to pick a side.

But we can’t choose either side when biblical Christianity obliges us to oppose both racism and Marxist ideologies that contradict scripture.

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21 Jun 20
My wife sent me to the store to pick up a dozen Sprites, but I picked Seven Up instead.

#DadJokes

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What did the right eye say to the left eye?

“Between you and me, man, something smells!”

#DadJokes

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What do you call a short psychic who has escaped from prison?

A small medium at large.

#DadJokes

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18 Jun 20
Democratic Senators are on the floor of the Senate right now trying to pass the Equality Act. That legislation would gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1996.

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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is the one law that Gorsuch said would protect religious freedom after 𝘉𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘤𝘬. The Democrats are trying to destroy that protection right now.

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I am reminded of the prophetic words of Robbie George (@McCormickProf) eight years ago:

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14 Jun 20
Here is what my church confesses and believes about the Christian, the social order, and racism. I commend it to you.

“All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society....”

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“Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ....”

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“In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography....”

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2 Jun 20
Last night there were many disturbing images coming from cities all over the country. One of them had protestors in DC appearing to overrun a residential neighborhood and “breaking” into homes.

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I initially saw the video shared and described as such on the Daily Caller timeline (it was later deleted) but the original source is here:

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I shared the video last night and added my own a question and observation to what looked to be a pretty terrifying scene:

“Protestors” in breaking into people’s homes? This has to stop. This is a total breakdown of law and order.

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31 May 20
National security adviser Robert O'Brien says riots around the country are being driven by Antifa: "These Antifa radical militants who are using military tactics... they need to be stopped." He says President wants the FBI to track & prosecute Antifa.

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Today, the President declared Antifa a terrorist group.

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Who is Antifa? @JoeCarter has a lengthy explainer:

“Almost all of those who align with Antifa are from the extreme political left, usually identifying as communists, socialists, or anarchists... They are trying to shut down groups they consider fascists...”

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25 May 20
“She anxiously labored to convince me that you, my God, were my father rather than he, and in this endeavour you helped her to gain victory over her husband...”

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“His moral superior, she rendered obedient service to him, for in this matter she was being obedient to your authority.”

-Augustine, on his Christian mother and unbelieving father [𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 I.xi (17)]

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Two scriptures come to mind:

“For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”

-1 Corinthians 7:14

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25 May 20
“As a boy I played ball-games, and that play slowed down the speed at which I learnt letters with which, as an adult, I might play a less creditable game.”

-Augustine, 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 I.ix (15)

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“Yet I was at fault, Lord God, orderer and creator of all things in nature, but of sinners only the orderer. Lord my God, I sinned by not doing as I was told by my parents and teachers.”

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“For later I was able to make good use of letters, whatever might be the intention of my adult guardians in wanting me to learn them.”

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24 May 20
I’ve seen a study making the rounds among those who think that wearing masks doesn’t really help to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. It’s linked below

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I’m not trying to be controversial here. I’m open to evidence and reasonable argument, but this particular study seems to have at least two major strikes against it.

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First, the study linked above doesn’t have anything to do with the coronavirus. The study is about slowing the spread of the flu, not coronavirus.

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21 May 20
“The intention of the human author has been consistently valued throughout most of Christian interpretation…”

-Jonathan Pennington, 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘰𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘞𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘺, p. 125

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“From the ethics of Scripture itself—for example, the Golden Rule and the Ninth Commandment—we must respect and listen to what the author of a text is saying.”

-Jonathan Pennington, 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘰𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘞𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘺, p. 126

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“This does not mean, however, that all texts—and especially normative texts like Holy Scripture—are simply wax noses that can be bent and manipulated into whatever shape and direction we choose...."

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