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When arguments fail to work, people don’t know what to do. If you can’t argue with somebody, you begin to see them as subhuman. And so this sort of grumpy moralism arises from a sense of impotence — powerlessness that ‘our argument is clearly right, but why is nobody seeing it? Look how terrible the world is becoming (when it goes the wrong way) yet why is nobody seeing it?’ There’s an anger and frustration that comes out of this mindset.
To my friends in the church embracing gay marriage, I offer these four “appeals.” I do not expect that those who have studied this issue thoroughly and landed squarely in that camp will necessarily find these appeals new or convincing. But I’m also seeing a lot of Christians, particularly younger millennials, whose openness to gay marriage seems to me more impulsive, emotional, un-careful. So I offer these comments in the spirit of saying, as Lloyd says to Harry in Dumb and Dumber, “do you realize what you’ve done?”
As long as you don’t look too far into it, Thursday’s June jobs report looks like good news: The economy added 223,000 jobs, close to expectations, and the unemployment rate fell again, to 5.3 percent. So far, so good—still a slower recovery than anyone might like, but a recovery nonetheless. The more concerning signs are hidden beneath the surface. As several analysts have pointed out, the June rate of 62.6 percent is the lowest since October of 1977.
You are not a good leader if you never tell people you are sorry. There are a myriad of issues in the heart of a leader who never apologizes. If you never apologize, at least one of the following is also true:
Sympathy cards address the sadness death causes, but few acknowledge the rage. Yet that rage is real. It should be: death is the very opposite of God and all that he has created. We should hate it. Christ did. Within the bounds of the gospel, defiance against death can be holy, cleansing, and constructive.
Quite often I hear people say that Christians aren’t being persecuted in the United States. What they mean is that we aren’t suffering physically for our faith, in contrast to so many Christians in other parts of the world. I recognize, of course, that there is a significant difference between what is happening to Christians here and to Christians elsewhere. Still, it isn’t right to say that Christians in the United States are free from persecution. We should be more precise: We are free from physical persecution.
You don’t really know who your friends are until their relationship with you becomes a liability instead of a benefit. Many celebrities have learned this lesson the hard way. In the blink of an eye, they went from fêted to ignored, from celebrated to invisible. They learned quickly that many of their so-called friends had actually not been friends at all, but people thriving on a kind of symbiotic relationship where each benefited the other. When the relationship become a liability, their friends were suddenly nowhere to be found.
One of the fascinating realizations of the moral revolution has been the number of professing Christians who deviate from traditional and clear biblical teaching on sexuality and gender. It seems like we steadily see new groups, leaders, and people come out of their theological closets to declare their support for such things as same-sex marriage. Myself, I’ve gotten quite a bit of feedback via this blog, social media, and even in person of people who try to persuade me away from being such a theological dinosaur.