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As a young teenage boy burning with lust I (shamefully) had scantily-clad pictures of supermodel Kathy Ireland hanging on my bedroom wall. One day my mother thankfully (and mercifully) ripped them off my walls in protest of my absurd and distorted view of femininity. Today I was floored to hear that Kathy Ireland is a follower of Jesus Christ. In addition, she articulates one of the most helpful, clearest pro-life arguments I’ve ever heard.

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One of the college students at my church recently asked me an excellent question.

I want to start preparing myself to be the kind of guy that can lead a godly household.  I know that I can begin praying prayers to the extent, but is there anything else I can do? My biggest fear regarding marriage is being a husband that does not love and serve his family the way that I should. Is their anything I can do to start preparing, even now as a college freshman?

It is pretty insightful and encouraging that this young man realizes that the road to becoming a godly husband and father begins well before our wedding day. Here is a summary of my response to him. I hope that you find it thought-provoking, challenging and sanctifying, particularly if you are a man. Read the rest of this entry »

This past week there was an explosion in the blogosphere and I missed it. Lisa Miller wrote a piece for Newsweek called “Our Mutual Joy” and the pundits and opponents of gay marriage waged an all out war in cyberspace. One of the best responses is by Al Mohler and you would benefit from reading it.

This morning I had an opportunity to reveiw Miller’s article. I am shocked that Newsweek  has chosen to cast its lot with such a poor piece of journalism, especially since this subject has such far-reaching cultural importance and implications. If what is at stake regarding the fight for homosexual marriage weren’t such a blatant, hostile assault on one of the most fundamental social instutitions on the planet, the case made for gay marriage in this article would be almost laughable.  The blatant disregard for and misrepresentation of biblical teaching is grossly irresponsible by Miller. There are many things to point out that are simply wrong with this article, but let me narrow it down to a handful. Read the rest of this entry »

One of the arguments against adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples is the fear that nurturing children in a homosexual environment will encourage homosexuality in children raised in this particular environment. Devin and Geoffery, a gay couple who resides in Seattle, Washington, recently adopted 2 four year-old twin boys and their 3 year-old sibling. MSNBC ran an article today about their journey into parenthood and their goals for their boys. In the attached audio file to the article one of the parent’s says the following:

They [Zeth, Zayn and Zack] are goiing to be who they are going to be, no matter what we do or don’t do with them.

This is probably standard argument for those who argue for a biological cause of homosexuality. But let me ask this question: If young Zeth suddenly begins exhibiting destructive pathological behaviors that may or may not be triggered by a biological or chemical cause in his body, behaviors that are trigger by exposure to certain kinds of violent media, do you think that Devin and Geoffrey will sit idly by as parents and watch Zeth walk down a path to destruction, a path that will certainly bring harm to himself and perhaps others, simply because Zeth is “going to be who [he] is going to be, no matter what [we] do with [him]”. Certainly not, or at least if they do, they are demonstrating a lack of care and concern for their son’s emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.

Discuss. Is it true that people will be who they are going to be regardless of the kind of nurturing and instruction that takes place in their lives?

Do you have the “red-letter” edition of the Scriptures? If you don’t know what I mean, the “red-letters” are meant to indicate the words of Jesus. The red-letter hermeneutic is the interpretation of the Scriptures that elevates the words of Jesus over and above the rest of Scripture. While we must certainly heed closely the word attributed to come directly from the mouth of the Lord, what is recorded in Scriptures to be said by Jesus isn’t necessarily all that God thinks about a particular issue. Jesus didn’t speak about every subject or issue we deal with culturally, just as he didn’t speak to every issue that Jews may have dealt with in their day. For example, there must certainly have been cases of domestic abuse in Jewish culture, yet Jesus never dealt with this specifically.

Yet this is the hermeneutic that many people appeal to concering the issue of homosexuality. Jesus never said anything about homosexuality and He said we should love our neighbors and our enemies. The conclusion: this must mean that Jesus is telling us to love and approve of homosexuals, right? Wrong. Love them? Absolutely. But love doesn’t necessitate acceptance and approval of one’s lifestyle choice. Read the rest of this entry »

Imagine walking into your local ice cream establishment with the promising prospect that you will get exactly your favorite kind of ice cream, but the equally promising possibility of disappointment that you will receive a flavor that you absolutely despise (for me this would be like being promised a reasonable shot at Mint Chocolate Chip Chunk – which I love –  or the equal prospect that I could end up with a cone full of coffee flavored Rocky Road – of which I’m not a fan). You’ve been given the gift of free ice cream, but the catch is that you can’t know which flavor you will receive. You just have to take what you get. And then add to your dilemma the question of whether or not you really need any ice cream anyway? The scales did indicate that you are a few pounds from moving into a new body fat category, not the kind of club where you really want a membership. Read the rest of this entry »

Doug Wilson has a provocative post about the false pretensions of feminism and its effects as we see them publicly played out in the lives of media darlings such as Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. You can read this post below or check it our here.

For obvious reasons, I won’t link to it directly, but Drudge has informed us that Lindsey Lohan, the troubled young actress, has now reenacted a famous cheesecake photo shoot of Marilyn Monroe’s. This is another great example of the fraudulent pretensions of feminism — I think it can safely be said that we are now living in a post-feminist era, where most of the platitudes of feminism are ignored in practice while virtually all public figures feel compelled to bow and scrape before feminist cliches as the received wisdom. The good news is that there are some signs of a developing blowback. Read the rest of this entry »

Interpreting the meaning and intent of Scripture is a difficult job in its own right, but especially so when you are confronted with issues that are deeply entrenched within particular expressions within a cultural context. Take 1Corinthians 11 for example. Here is a church planted by the Apostle Paul  amongst a heavily Gentile population. The Church is wrought with divisions over the Apostle’s authority, the Corinthian love affair with “wisdom” and a “higher” experience of the Spirit. It is a dysfunctional congregation in that in contained gross sexual immorality, including an on-going sexual relationship between a believing man and his mother-in-law and the endorsement of temple prostitution because the Corinthians women were discouraged from having sex with their believing husbands for the sake of holiness. There were clear issues of the abuse of Christian liberty and lack of love among those who were stronger in their faith in their attitudes toward their weaker brothers and sisters. There was the misapplication of spiritual gifts , lack of order in worship, and some confusion about the resurrection. Then, here, in chapter 11, Paul deals the role of women in the church and a practice that is clearly foreign to our 21st century cultural context. Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Shank interviewed CJ Mahaney at The Pursuit conference (a regional conference from Sovereign Grace Ministries) about biblical masculinity in 2007. The entire interview is helpful but I found Mahaney’s advice to parents about teaching their young men about what it means to be a godly man especially helpful.

I think what I would say to a young man, is that there are categories he needs to familiarize himself with from Scripture. Two would be categories revealed particularly in Proverbs – the wise and the foolish. And I would want any young man (and this has broader application for all of us, but particularly for a young man) to familiarize himself with those two categories. Read the rest of this entry »