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God's Great Work of Gender.

Category: Main Blog
Published: Monday, 18 July 2016
Written by The Kiwi

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At some stage during my blogging career (read: careering along unnoticed), I had a set of categories for the posts I wrote, ranging from "Wondering" to "Utterly Convinced" (or some such title). It was a helpful way to indicate when my thinking was still in the air, and when and how heavily it had landed.

When looking at this topic, I lean very much toward accepting the suggestions I'm putting forward below, but in view of the furore and dust and smoke stirred up by the "civil war" (over the relationship between God the Father and God the Son and the ramifications for gender), I've decided it's prudent to offer thoughts, rather than nail down certainty after certainty. After all, as I've said many times, the Church has yet to (popularly at the very least) sort out its theology of gender, especially in light of the complete deconstruction of what was commonsense until very recently, and I would be beyond my normal level of arrogant to say I've figured it all out.

Maybe in a month or so. :)

So please find below my run and tilt at some biblical and theological points about gender.

God's great work of gender - A statement of intent.

Category: Main Blog
Published: Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Written by The Kiwi

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Invectives, cries of foul play, passionate pleas for others to support one side or the other. It's all been happening in the CCB (conservative, Christian blogosphere). 

The issue? The Trinity. But not the Trinity as a whole, rather, the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. Is it right to speak of authority, submission and hierarchy between these two members of the Godhead? One side says yes (with varying degrees of qualification); the other side says no (with very little qualification).

I can't be bothered linking to the many, many articles on either side of the debate. I'll just provide links to three articles by Mark Baddeley (nos. 3, 4, and 5 out of a series) and one by Steven D. Boyer. Both men are extremely helpful as you work through nuances. But, you may ask, what does this have to do with gender?

Well, everything, in this case.

Comment re. Integrity and compromise.

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Written by The Kiwi

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Just posting this comment I made under Nathan's post on my blog here so I don't lose it...

P.S. I stole the graphic above from Nathan's blog. Hope he doesn't mind.

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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?