Every thoughtful person must deal with the problem of evil. Evil acts and tragic events come to us all in this vale of tears known as human life. The problem of evil and suffering is undoubtedly the greatest theological challenge we face. Yesterday, evil showed its face again as a giant tornado brought death and destruction to Moore, Oklahoma.
This is the question every true minister of Christ should long to be asked. Note carefully that it only makes sense to ask this question after something happens that demands it. Sadly, there have been many who have entered the ministry and retired into history, never having been asked this question.
We must not miss the true meaning of the Gosnell trial. It is true that Dr. Gosnell was found guilty of his crimes -- at least the crimes successfully prosecuted in Pennsylvania. But in reality the whole nation was on trial, and we are all guilty.
Looking for evidence that our society is losing its mind? Just look at the controversy over so-called "emergency contraceptives" and a federal judge's effort to make these drugs available, over the counter, to girls of any age.
In the end, theological education is all about the stewardship of words. So it was when Paul commissioned Timothy. So is it now.
The key question we now face is this: Does recognition of civil rights for all people require the normalization of homosexuality and the legalization of same-sex marriage?
We will shipwreck our leadership for certain if we do not remember that we are stewards, not lords, of all that we hold by trust.
Margaret Thatcher, one of the most significant leaders of the 20th century, died yesterday at age 87. A model of convictional leadership, Margaret Thatcher became almost universally known as Britain's "Iron Lady."
Christians are rightly and necessary concerned about leadership, but many Christians seem to aim no higher than secular standards and visions of leadership.
Without moral judgment there is no truth, and without truth there is no moral judgment. And there is no wrong side of history, apart from what the truth is.
What is of first importance? "That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures," and "that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." The cross and the empty tomb stand at the center of the Christian faith. Without these, there is no good news — no salvation.
The next two days are destined to stand among the most significant days in our nation's constitutional history, but the issues at stake reach far beyond the U.S. Constitution. Nothing less than marriage is in the dock, with the nation's highest court set to consider two cases that deal with the question of the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The Colorado legislature is considering the repeal of laws in the state that criminalize adultery or any act that would "promote sexual immorality."
For the most part, previous research into the effects of pornography has focused on the psychological and physiological effects of pornography exposure. More recently, research has emerged that points to another effect of pornography exposure — it warps the worldview of the viewer.
Our imperative to fulfill Christian leadership in the digital world is not technological. We should not use this technology simply because it is there. Our driving motivation must be a Gospel imperative.
So the mother and the child are both fully human, fully alive and fully recognized as human life. But the mother can abort that human life within her for any reason or for no stated reason at all.
Those who believe that homosexual conduct is sin cannot endorse the new local option policy, and Scouting units that hold to this position will inevitably be marginalized. Those who celebrate and demand the normalization of homosexuality, on the other hand, cannot and will not be satisfied with a half-measure like a local option.
The comprehensive scope of the moral revolution America is currently experiencing is likely to surprise many Americans when they realize that the Boy Scouts are now swept up in the revolutionary tide.
Next Tuesday will mark the 40th anniversary of the decision, and the abortion question is anything but settled. In fact, America has been unsettled ever since Roe. Abortion has become a central issue of political conflict, debate and division. If the court had hoped to calm the waters, it failed spectacularly.
The debt ceiling is now a political abstraction, used by both parties to create a pseudo-event. Conservatives should be particularly unwilling to participate in such a charade.