September 23, 2013

To God be all the glory and honor and praise…

 

Sadly, this advertisement is set up in front of a cathedral in Vienna. Consider this when you prepare for worship on Sunday mornings.

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July 18, 2013

The New Barely There Modesty

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Update: It has been brought to my attention that the pastor described in this article is actually now a “former pastor.” Please note this correction.

There seems to be this weird new drift in the concept of Christian modesty. Perhaps it’s just a non-theology reaction to truly poor theology; but, whatever it is, it’s growing…especially in the “relevant” crowd. In other words, the people who seem to support this new “barely there modesty” …

June 18, 2013

Worldliness: Do Not Walk as the Gentiles

You should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard …

June 17, 2013

When Worldliness Is Next to Godliness

The following article by Selah Helms was originally published in Family Reformation magazine in 2004, but it is just as relevant today (if not more so). Please take a moment to prayerfully read and discuss this topic with your families.

My teenagers’ peers constantly discuss the movie Bruce Almighty, the rock groups Switchfoot and Evanescence, country music, sexy actors, and personal appearance. In these cultural elements, young people seem to live, move, …

March 20, 2013

Are Beauty Pageants “Beautiful?”

Have you ever considered what the real difference is between stripping off your dignity to stand on a runway or stage (often half-dressed) while strangers evaluate your body—strangers who are given the right to decide whether or not you’re “good enough” and standing on an auction block while slave traders do the same thing?

Both situations are humiliating, degrading, and ultimately shameful—both are done for the base pleasure or benefit of others, but somehow women …

December 28, 2012

The Stimulating Simulation of Sin

Over the last few years, I have had a number of conversations both online and in person over the topic of Christians and entertainment. There are so many factors involved, and every life is drastically different; so,  as far as what movies are acceptable for all Christians, I acknowledge and agree that there is no way to make a “good” and “bad” list.

All sorts of factors affect the way we respond …

July 14, 2012

No Shades of Grey: A Black and White Seduction of the Mind

Sexual sin hurts. It mangles and poisons. It attacks the potential beauty and closeness of one of God’s most mysterious gifts: The one flesh relationship of sexual intimacy. In addition to defrauding our neighbor, when we engage in fornication or adultery we are in a real way self-destructing (Rom. 1:24-27).

While most Christians understand the health risks of extra-marital sex, and many will even acknowledge the emotional and spiritual damage such relationships …

July 14, 2012

It’s Really Black and White

Pain, dominance, humiliation, and bondage presented as pleasure? Fornication packaged in paperback for women lacking discretion? Warning: Sin lurks in the heart. Seems pretty black and white to me. No shades of grey. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, be glad. If you do know, consider…  Matt. 5:28, Ephesians 5:12, Phil. 4:8, 2 Tim. 3:6, Heb. 13:4, Rom. 6:12, 1 Cor. 6:18, Col. 3:5,  and the list goes on.