Around the Horn :: 6.18.15

June 18, 2015

Around-the-Horn[1]

Is Suicide the Unpardonable Sin?
From Sam Storms (our New Wine 2016 speaker): People often answer “yes” to this question because suicide leaves no room for repentance; a person enters eternity with unconfessed and therefore unforgiven sin. But . . .

What’s at Stake?  The Gospel is at Stake
From Tim Challies: There is always one truth or another that is being disputed. There is always some doctrine or another that is under attack. And speaking personally, I find it hard to keep up.

Breaking: 2 Billion Christians Believe in Traditional Marriage
From Mark Galli at Christianity Today: It’s not at all certain that the rapid cultural shift in America on gay marriage will be mirrored in the Christian church. North American and European Christians who believe in gay marriage are a small minority in these regions, and churches that ascribe to a more liberal sexual ethic continue to wither. Meanwhile, poll Christians in Africa, Asia, and practically anywhere in the world, and you’ll hear a resounding “no” to gay marriage. Scan the history of the church for 2,000 years and you’ll have a hard time turning up any Christian who would support same-sex marriage. The church has been and remains overwhelmingly united. It’s undergoing stress, certainly. But the evidence doesn’t support a narrative of division and collapse.

Does Camille Paglia Have Any Hope for Our Modern Society?
From Reason.com: “I do not feel that gender is sufficient to explain all of human life,” Paglia tells Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie. “This gender myopia, this gender monomania, has become a disease. It’s become a substitute for religion.”

Martin Luther: Driven to Defiance
A nice video from PBS.

The Redeemer Report
From Tim Keller: The Bible and same-sex relationships.

Bob Costas is Right. ESPN’s Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner is Absurd
From Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist: What’s most interesting about it, perhaps, is the willful way in which the mainstream media participated in this propaganda campaign.

The Suicide of Britain
From Ross Douthat at the NYT: I’m a Yankee; this not my argument to make. But if our cousins can’t find leaders who can make it, there won’t be a Great Britain anymore.

Will You Forgive Me?
These are 12 words that can change, strengthen, and renew any relationship. These 12 words are:

A Self-Pity Refresher
Self-pity: a self-absorbed, feeling sorry for oneself fueled by a high view of self, a low view of God, and an attitude of entitlement.