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With gay marriage now legal throughout the United States, it’s important that Christians understand how to navigate these waters in biblically loving and biblically true ways.

I think it’s important to start out by briefly explaining why the Bible is so important to Christians (or at least, is supposed to be).  The Bible is where we learn specifically who God is, how to be saved, and how to follow God.  It is from God and is about God.  If you take the Bible away, all you are left with is a bunch of different people’s different opinions–and what authority does an opinion really have in the eternal scheme of things?  So the problem for Christians when one piece of the Bible is called untrue is that it undermines the authoritative foundation of the entire thing.  If God got the part wrong about homosexuality, then who’s to say he got the part right about Jesus’ resurrection or how to be saved?  I wrote more about this specific conundrum a few months back when I was critiquing Rob Bell’s Love Wins book.

A Christian’s Guide to Gay Marriage:

1. The Bible says that homosexual practice/action is a sin, not homosexual attraction/orientation

A Christian can be gay, with the definition of “gay” being “attracted to the same sex,” and not be sinning.  Continue Reading…

Ephesians 2:13-16 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,  by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,  and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

We are doing it wrong.

Jews and Gentiles were not supposed to be in segregated churches.  The barrier and dividing wall that separated the two groups was supposed to be set aside when Christ Jesus became our shared peace.  Jesus was supposed to have made one new humanity out of these two ethnicities, making them into one body, one Church, reconciled, with no more hostility.

But that’s not what has happened.  The ethnic dividing wall still remains, we just built a new one after the first one fell. Continue Reading…

I never heard a sermon that referenced race while growing up in church.  What does race have to do with people coming to know Jesus, anyway?  Or what does it have to do with the Bible?

When I talk about race in sermons at Crossroads, I think these are thoughts that go through the minds of some.  Is church really the place to talk about race? The Bible does lob us a softball on the race topic in Revelation 7:9 when describing what heaven will be like: After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. So with that verse in mind, one ought to feel comfortable talking about race in church and not feel as is they are speaking on something the Bible doesn’t touch on.  If we are to bring heaven to earth (Matthew 6:10), wouldn’t we want to see people of all races worshiping together in our churches today?

But outside of this very direct, one-time reference, I’ve noticed something very compelling about the Bible and that is that the entire New Testament is written from a context where race, racism and racial division were huge society-shaping influences Continue Reading…

We began a sermon series in 1 Corinthians a couple of weeks ago.  Week 1 on the first chapter went off fine.  I talked about how the church at Corinth was a squabbling, quarreling church and that Paul was writing this letter to them to teach them to be united Christ and to get along in love.  The root of their problem is described in 1 Corinthians 1:12-13 where they are arguing over which person to follow, rather than comparing these people to Christ and realizing that Christ is who they needed to be united around, not this influential leader or that one.  The command given to them is not to boast that their way is best, but to boast in Christ.

After some jokes about churches splitting over the color of the carpet, the sermon went off fine and I think the purpose and message of the chapter was communicated effectively.

As Tuesday came and my work week began Continue Reading…