Around the Horn 2.14.13

February 14, 2013

Around-the-Horn[1]Toxic Charity
Since the church’s earliest day the missionary desire has motivated Christians to leave behind all they know and to travel to the earth’s farthest reaches. A relative newcomer on the scene is the short-term missions trip and other similar means through which Christians can participate on a part-time basis as “vacationaries.” Such ministry is the subject of Robert Lupton’s Toxic Charity.

An Evangelical Looks at Pope Benedict XVI
With Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation this morning, evangelical Christians might be tempted to see this the way a college football fan might view the departure of his rival team’s head coach. But the global stakes are much, much higher. As Pope Benedict steps down, I think it’s important for us to recognize the legacy of the last two bishops of Rome that we ought to honor and conserve: an emphasis on human dignity.

How Jesus Rescues Any Of Us
This story is not an abnormality. The redemption and honesty is unusual, perhaps, but not the problems.  I grew up knowing of Skip Ryan–esteemed PCA pastor of Park Cities Presbyterian Church, admired by all. Before the narcotics. I admire him much more now.

A Religious Group Is Stripped Of Its Funding
The minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency which has been giving funding to an evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a “perversion” and a “sin,” said Sunday no further payments will be made until officials review the organization.

The Difference A Decade Makes
In terms of the cultural tide, evangelical Christians have every reason to feel left behind. Thoughtful evangelicals must realize the depth of our predicament. Political parties have platforms, but Christians must be driven by biblical convictions. Platforms may change, but convictions remain. Evangelicals do not believe that homosexuality is sinful because it is part of our platform, but because it is a conviction drawn from Scripture.

How Denominations Came To Tolerate, Accept, Then Endorse Homosexuality
Tom Oden, writing in his book Requiem way back in 1995, explains how it happens.  The first step is always a study committee.

Are Christians Really Bad Tippers?
From Ed Stetzer: The blogosphere has been buzzing about the recent incident involving Pastor Alois Bell of the Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church and Applebee’s server Chelsea Welch. If you haven’t heard about the incident, here is a quick recap . . .