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For Tonight’s Debate, Use #youngcons on Twitter

If you’re so inclined, use the hashtag code #youngcons on Twitter while Tweeting in Twitteresque ways about the second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

A bunch of, well, young conservatives used this hashtag for the VP debate and saw a major response.  It may just crack the Twitter top ten tonight, and that might inspire visions of global domination.  You never know (not that one wants to aim too high or anything).

Here are a couple of Christianity Today pieces I wrote recently on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, by the way.  And here’s a very good one from my buddy Denny Burk on the importance of bringing pro-life convictions to bear on voting.  Evangelical conservatives are of course “whole life” advocates–we wish for holistic human flourishing at all stages of life.  But to get to all the stages of life, of course, one has to exist, and not be killed in the womb.

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Sexual Hysteria: Douglas Wilson Gets Shouted Down at Indiana University

Justin Taylor blogged this yesterday; Denny Burk, my colleague at Boyce College, then posted it on his own blog.  It is nothing less than shocking.  Watch the full lectures for free here, and witness how Douglas Wilson, pastor from Moscow, Idaho, is treated.  Here you see where the cultural elite are going in terms of morality and homosexuality.

Those of us who have grown up in a relatively tolerant country should buckle up.  Things are not going to get easier for Christians in the West who love the gospel and exercise their conscience in public.  Pray hard.  Put on the armor of Christ.  Trust a great God.  Weep for people who are offering themselves as sacrifices to Satan.

And by the way–when you engage sinners lost in their sin, remember Wilson’s example: bold, clear, winsome, witty, and able to take a punch.

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An Essay on the Awesomeness of Men

Denny Burk has just announced the release of the latest Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood.  Here are the contents and Burk’s introduction to the journal:

The Spring 2012 issue of The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is now online, and you can download the entire issue from the CBMW website. This issue includes articles from Russell Moore, John Piper, and more. There are several book reviews, including Heath Lambert’s take on the controversial book Real Marriage. Owen Strachan has contributed an excellent article about the interchangeability of men’s and women’s roles. Louis Markos has some important reflections on gender-neutral translations of the Bible. The table of contents is below, and you can download individual articles from there.

Standard Fare
Denny Burk Editorial
Various Odds & Ends
Essays & Perspectives
Russell D. Moore Women, Stop Submitting to Men
John Piper “The Frank and Manly Mr. Ryle”: The Value of a Masculine Ministry
Owen Strachan Of “Dad Moms” and “Man Fails”: An Essay on Men and Awesomeness
Louis Markos From the NRSV to the New NIV: Why Gender-Neutral Language Represents an Enforced Agenda Rather than a Natural Evolution
From the Sacred Desk
Denny Burk How Do We Speak About Homosexuality?
Gender Studies in Review
Heath Lambert The Ironies of Real Marriage // A Review of Mark Driscoll,The Truth about Sex
Kenneth Magnuson The End of Sexual Identity … or Sexual Morality? // A Review of Jenell Williams Paris, The End of Sexual Identity
Todd L. Miles Cultivating Womanhood in a World of Competing Voices // A Review of James Dobson, Bringing Up Girls
Andrew David Naselli and Jennifer J. Naselli Give Them Jesus: Parenting with the Gospel // A Review of Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson, Give Them Grace
Courtney Reissig A Valuable Historical Study // A Review of Diana Lynn Severance, Feminine Threads
Here’s a teaser from my essay on “Dad Moms” (Denny asked me to revisit the original blog in a longer essay–it was pretty fun to write):

In November 2011, I was watching a football game, minding my own business, when a Tide commercial popped up on the television. It is not a commonplace that I pay great attention to advertisements for laundry detergent. But there was something different about this one. It began by showing a man folding clothes in a cheerfully lit bedroom. He introduced himself with this odd statement: “Hi.  I’m a Dad mom.  That means while my wife works, I’m at home being awesome.” This was interesting. I had not heard of a “Dad mom” before. This commercial suddenly had my full attention.

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Shame on Us if We Ever Neglect the Unborn

The NYT has just released a heart-rending story about “pregnancy reduction,” a euphemism for selective abortion.  Read the whole story here.  This is a snatch from the article, which made me sick to my stomach:

As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen. She didn’t want to see the two shadows floating inside her. Since making her decision, she had tried hard not to think about them, though she could often think of little else. She was 45 and pregnant after six years of fertility bills, ovulation injections, donor eggs and disappointment — and yet here she was, 14 weeks into her pregnancy, choosing to extinguish one of two healthy fetuses, almost as if having half an abortion. As the doctor inserted the needle into Jenny’s abdomen, aiming at one of the fetuses, Jenny tried not to flinch, caught between intense relief and intense guilt.

Here is the whole piece, entitled “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy,” written by Ruth Padawer (HT: Denny Burk).

Much has been made of the so-called “culture wars” in our day, the fight over social matters that divide America roughly in half.  The media decries battles over abortion, gay rights, euthanasia, and other issues, and some evangelicals have joined the chorus, opting to focus primarily on causes that share universal approbation, like fighting sex trafficking.  I am all for working to end that heinous practice, but I find the championing of popular cultural causes (and ignoring unpopular ones) a devil’s bargain.  Shame on us if we ever turn away from the cause of the unborn.  Shame on us if we ever lose the will to stop fighting for the weak and marginalized.

Right now, there are needles “aiming at” helpless, innocent, life-exhibiting fetuses.  Shame on us if we turn away from the “shadows floating inside” expectant mothers.  In hope borne of trust in a great God, may we work with all our strength in peaceable ways to overturn this great evil.   In the process, we seek to extol the glory of Christ, who saves a fallen humanity even as it turns the knife on itself, killing offspring bearing God’s image in order to save money and steward time.  Our aims are twofold: to save human lives (the fetus) and to save human souls–the fathers and mothers, lost just like we once were, who opt to kill their children rather than love them.

As powerful as evil seems to be, after all, God’s grace is stronger still.

(Image: Katherine Wolkoff for the NYT)

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Naselli on Keswick, Paralyzed Rodney Rogers, and Kluck’s New Press

TEDS PhD student Andy Naselli just published his first dissertation with Logos, Let Go and Let God? A Survey and Analysis of Keswick Theology (2010).  It is a rich and engaging analysis of Keswick theology that is a genuine contribution to the academic guild.  Graced with a foreword by Tom Schreiner, it is worth your attention–and your dollars.  Learn more about how to understand Keswick theology through Andy’s scholarly spade-work (interview with Kevin DeYoung here).

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This is a deeply moving story on paralyzed former NBA player Rodney Rogers, one-time sixth man of the year.  A father of three, Rogers broke his neck while riding dirt bikes.  He now merely hopes to walk again.  Stuff like this makes one sit up and take life seriously (and pray for people like Rogers).  Time is precious; bodies are fragile; others need us.

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Ted Kluck, evangelical provocateur, has just started up a virtual publishing press with a buddy of his, Zach Bartels.  I haven’t read their first book, but it looks typically enjoyable and enlightening (Denny Burk liked it).  Look for more from Gut Check Press (make sure to check out Ted’s new Hello, I Love You, a looked-for book on adoption by Moody).

Ted is quotable.  Here’s a funny line from the story on the press from the Grand Rapids Press:

Bartels and Kluck plan to publish more books through Gut Check Press, though at the moment are accepting manuscripts only from themselves.

And another:

“We want to publish books your mom wouldn’t like, that are too edgy for the middle-aged women running publishing, “ said Kluck.

Ted throws his punches hard at times, but he’s a funny dude and an evangelical voice worth hearing out.

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Boys in Skirts and Marriages Under Fire: The New Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood Is Online

The newest issue of the Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (Spring 2010, Volume 15.1) has just been posted online.  It looks as provocative and useful as ever.

I’ve posted the full table of contents below; I commend all of the pieces to you.  In particular, Rob Lister’s article on how a husband can lead his marriage in a godly way looks outstanding.  So much good comes from a husband taking initiative to talk with his wife on a regular basis, especially when that conversation is designed to range over all aspects of a marriage.  I’m a very young husband, but it seems clear already that when we assume our marriages are healthy without sustained effort and discussion, we gear ourselves up for serious trouble.

Readers will also want to look for insightful writing from Al Mohler, Denny Burk, Tom Schreiner, Jim Hamilton, and Philip Bethancourt (who has a very nice review).  Read the whole thing, and gain clarity on biblical gender roles in a confused–and confusing–world.

Item Title Author
Editorial Denny Burk
Odds & Ends JBMW
Boys Wearing Skirts to School? What’s Going On? R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Marriage as It Was Meant to Be Seen: Headship, Submission, and the Gospel Jason Hall and Peter R. Schemm Jr.
“Husbands, Love Your Wives . . .” A Practical Suggestion and Tool for Husbands to Use in Leading their Marriages for the Glory of God Rob Lister
Whither Men? A Response to a Recent Barna Study on the Increase of Female Pastors in Protestant Churches Owen Strachan
Galatians 3:28: Grammar, Text, Context, and Translation Wayne Walden
Godliness and Gender: Relating Appropriately to All (1 Timothy 2:9–12) James M. Hamilton Jr.
Philip Payne on Familiar Ground Thomas R. Schreiner
Two Egalitarian Paths toward the Same Destination Ben Reaoch
A Lack of Balance Heath Lambert
Insightful but Flawed Look at Gospel Women Owen Strachan
Fatherhood Is No Accident Phillip R. Bethancourt

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Free T4G Sessions, Liberating Black Theology, and the Sad Story of Jennifer Knapp

In a stunning twist of irony, The Gospel Coalition blog has all of the Together for the Gospel sessions posted online, while the T4G site does not.  And you thought the two did not interface.  It’s great that they do.

I don’t know why, but CJ Mahaney’s session is not up.  I thought it was exceptional, and that it tied the whole conference together.  You had Mohler and Sproul doing high-level worldview thinking, Dever and others working out of their pastor-theologian mindset, and CJ–the heart of the conference–tying it all together for the vast majority of attendees, the faithful pastors of countless churches across the world. 

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Anthony Bradley has written a courageous book on black theology entitled Liberating Black TheologyJohn Starke of TGC Reviews interviewed him.  Looks highly worthwhile.

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Denny Burk links to CT’s coverage of the recent “coming out” of musician Jennifer Knapp, one of the first Christian musicians I heard who made beautiful music and sang meaningful lyrics.  I’m deeply saddened by this news. 

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You’ve heard about Dr. Oz, but you don’t know much about him.  Here’s your source for information.  I met a driver who had once taken him to the airport.  She said he was on his phone the whole time.  There–now you know something completely extraneous about the man.

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If you have not introduced yourself to the wonder that is Andrew Belle’s music, please do so.  I dare you to find a better recent song than “The Ladder”.  You can’t do it.  That song will stand playing ten times in a row.  Trust me.

(Photo of CJ Mahaney at T4G 2010: Devin Maddox–more pictures here)

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The Link 8.14.09: Awkward Family Photos, Pastor-Theologians, and People Growth

awkwardfamily1. One of the single funniest websites I’ve come across is Awkward Family Photos.  The title tells the story.  Your life will be more complete by visiting this site.

2. Gerald Hiestand of Harvest Bible Chapel (home of renowned preacher James MacDonald) has the best single piece I’ve seen on the pastor-theologian.  Seminarians and pastors, this is a must-read.  If you have a good mind, do not assume that you should teach.  Maybe that’s what the Lord has for you, but the church very much needs gifted pastors who can serve as theologians in some capacity.  It’s so good I’m linking to it twice.

3. Some good quotations from writers on writing.  In my opinion, too many evangelicals, particularly reformed evangelicals, write solely to communicate.  We need people to write for that reason, absolutely, but we should also value writing as an end, not merely a means to an end.  We’ll talk more about this some other time.

4. Tim Challies has done a great series with Burk Parsons of Ligonier Ministries (R.C. Sproul’s ministry) that is nothing less than engrossing. (I give you part four of four cause it has all the links.)  Parsons was asked to be a member of both the Backstreet Boys and N*Sync (did I do that right?).  Precious few of us in the evangelical world, particularly the reformed slice of it, can claim that…

5. Thong underwear for a seven-year-old?  Methinks not.  Dannah Gresh of the excellent Girls Gone Wise website writes a thoughtful piece on the matter.  She makes two great points that I noted: 1) Real change comes when Christians weigh in on these matters (see what happened with Abercrombie, detailed in the article) and 2) Christians need not be solely negative in such campaigns (as shown in her drive to support stores that refuse to sexualize youth).

6. For those of you who enjoy watching people getting dunked on, here’s a nasty one courtesy of superfrosh John Wall of UK over Jerry Stackhouse.  Thanks, Z–is this what you do in men’s league in Albuquerque?

7.  And here’s Stackhouse with his own vintage “cram.” Wow.  Over fifteen years later, you still have to recoil at that one…particularly over Dukies…

8. Found this blog from Denny Burk’s excellent site.  Looks very good.

9. Have you heard about the upcoming People Growth conference at TEDS (October 13-16)?  It looks terrific: Carson, Dever, Jensen, Payne, Helm.  It’s cheap ($100) and it offers a great perspective on ministry: ministry is about people, not numbers. Co-sponsored by the Henry Center.

–Have a great weekend, all.  Drink some good coffee.

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Rumbling in the SBC: 2009 Convention Dispatches

I’m in the River City (Louisville, KY) for vacation.  My trip has coincided with a number of fun events: first, the annual Southern Baptist Convention, and second, the 150th anniversary of Southern Seminary, my alma mater.  The SBTS extravaganza is tomorrow, so I’ll talk about that then.  For now, here are a few thoughts from the last couple days of the SBC:

1. There’s a movement afoot in the SBC, if you haven’t heard.  It’s called the “Great Commission Resurgence”, and it’s centered around restructuring the Convention to funnel more money to the work of missions and specifically the International Mission Board.  See a very helpful Tim Brister recap post for more

2. This movement is exciting because it’s drawing together established men of God like David Dockery, Danny Akin, Mark Dever, Al Mohler, Johnny Hunt, and younger future leaders like Jonathan Akin, Jedidiah Coppenger, Ben Dockery, Nathan Akin, Trevin Wax, Tim Brister, and more.  It’s great to see an older generation reaching down to a younger generation and to see a younger generation honor its elders (and betters) even as it seeks increased influence for the cause of the gospel. 

3. Because of its diverse, gospel-centered nature, this is one of the most encouraging movements I have seen in a long time. For me, it’s on the same level as Acts 29, which has launched an advance of similar ambition and Christocentric focus.  I can’t really think of a negative aspect to the GCR.  If it works–and it will take much time and effort for that to happen–it will transform the SBC, make it lighter and faster, and devote millions more dollars to the work of domestic and international missions.

4. 9Marks is holding a series of panels at the SBC, and last night’s attracted hundreds of pastors and future leaders.  They’re partnering with Baptist21, the group of young SBC guys interested in promoting the GCR.  In years past, 9Marks has struggled to find a footing in the SBC.  It’s great to see them connected to other groups and gaining a wider hearing.  If the SBC is going to thrive and reclaim its confessional heritage, it sorely needs the influence of groups like 9Marks. 

5. Pray for all of these developments.  Tonight the Convention votes on a motion related to the GCR.  Whether or not you’re a Southern Baptist, whether or not you’ve ever had any contact with the SBC, pray for the success of the GCR.  Southern Baptists have fought the battle over the authority of Scripture.  Now they are fighting a battle over the sufficiency of Scripture.  They are working to drive the Word and the gospel to the very heart of the Convention, to root their convention in the word of Christ like a house to concrete.  Praise God for this.  Pray to God for this.  Thank God for this.

6. In other news: Denny Burk is a chair-stealer (and a terrific college dean).  Mark Dever has lost 35 pounds.  David Platt and my friend John-Michael LaRue (who sometimes comments on this blog) are, I think, twins separated at birth.  Java Brewing Company (still) makes a delicious Irish Mocha (it’s not on the menu–you have to ask for it).  The Baptist21 panel featuring Mohler, Dever, Platt, Ed Stetzer, Danny Akin and pastor Daniel Montgomery of Sojourn Community Church (Louisville) was terrific.  Lots of candid, constructive dialogue. 

I’ll be back tomorrow with thoughts on the SBTS sesquicentennial celebration.  Louisville is an exciting place to be right now, and I’m excited about all of these developments.  May God continue to purify the churches of the SBC to accomplish even greater things for His glory and renown.

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