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"An Anthropological Perspective on Sin, Desire, and Sexuality" - A Review.

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Written by The Kiwi

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I have followed Denny Burk's blog for...must be at least ten years. I share a lot of theological convictions with him. I have also met someone who knew him, so I know he is a real person! (grin) I appreciate him and his writing. I agree with a lot of what he has to say on homosexuality, and believe the book, Transforming Homosexuality that he and Heath Lambert wrote would be a valuable read.

But I disagree with him on the points he makes in his presentation, "An Anthropological Perspective on Sin, Desire, and Sexuality" during the 2015 ETS debate about Reparative Therapy. He only makes two points, so it should follow that this will be a short review. Sadly, no. There is a lot to respond to.

"Every good thing under the sun."

Category: Bedtime Stories We Have Told
Published: Sunday, 06 March 2016
Written by The Kiwi

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Every good thing under the sun

Must be made by the Holy One

Because that's the way

Things are done.

 

Look at the sky, wonder why

On earth birds fly

If you wanna know

I'll tell you why.

 

Every good thing under the sun

Must be made by the Holy One

Because that's the way

Things are done.

 

Take the trees, take the bees,

And you wonder, Who made these?

If you wanna know

Listen to me.


Every good thing under the sun

Must be made by the Holy One

Because that's the way

Things are done.

(Just a little ditty by guy who's not called Smitty).

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Potentially re-jigged pronouns.

Category: God and Church
Published: Sunday, 17 January 2016
Written by The Kiwi

Hirs, zirs and xyr.

My head has been in the sand. Apparently the search for gender-neutral pronouns has been going on for years. The University of Tennessee is all over it, though. And so is New York City. But it wasn't until I got around to reading this piece by don't-care-what-you-think Doug Wilson that I caught up with the pronoun-cements (ha ha) myself.

I confess, as a son of my age, I was wondering what would be the loving thing to do as a Christian and as a Church (not that I'm a Church, you understand, but I'm part of the Church). I mean, the Bible is clear about binary genders, but we also want to meet people where they are at. Already we've had to struggle with how to respond to gay couples claiming step-children by virtue of a homosexual or lesbian partnership, how to acknowledge the existence of the legal creation of "homosexual marriage" among people we know, and many more unbiblical social creations. Just how far should we go if these alternative pronouns actually become widely accepted in our society?

How far should we go accomodating this in the church?

"An Anthropological Perspective on Sin, Desire, and Sexuality" - A Review.

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Friday, 15 January 2016
Written by The Kiwi

Unfortunately, I am so short of time I will not be able to get to this review until next month at the earliest  (though I guess anything could happen...).

For those who are interested in Denny Burk's defense of asexuality, it would be worthwhile reading Matthew 19:1-12 (specifically 11-12) and 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 (specifically 36-40 - though the whole chapter contains salient points). Pay attention to what it actually says, and ask whether those passages support asexuality or lack of sexual desire for the opposite sex as a gift from God, or whether that idea needs to be read into the text. Note: celibacy is not the same as asexuality.

Hope to be able to give my take soon.

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Advent 2015.

Category: This is What Happens When Life Happens to Us
Published: Friday, 01 January 2016
Written by The Kiwi

You guys missed out. I tell you what! I had a great post for you all, but after losing it three times due to computer stupidity, this is all you get. Hopefully it gives you some idea of just some of what happened over December for our Advent.

"Why Reparative Therapy is not an Evangelical Option" - A Review.

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Sunday, 27 December 2015
Written by The Kiwi

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When I listened to "Why Reparative Therapy is not an Evangelical Option", Heath Lambert's talk for the 2015 ETS debate about Reparative Therapy, I appreciated Heath's desire to honour Christ in counseling. His plea for Christians to not miss Christ for the reparative trees is something I can get whole-heartedly behind.

But, listening to his talk, I also wondered whether he should have changed the title from "Why Reparative Therapy is not an Evangelical Option" to, "Why Reparative Therapy needs Evangelical Revision".

Read on to find out why.