A La Carte (October 29)

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(Yesterday on the blog: Why Your Church Should Sing New Songs (Not Only Old Songs))

LGBT Activists Get Church Banned From Arts For Believing The Bible

There is a lot of this going on, it seems! The author of this article draws out some important points about relativism. “Left-wing cancel culture is going after churches, even here in the mid-Missouri heartland. Recently, the pastor of The Crossing, a large local evangelical church, delivered a sermon explaining Christian views on sexuality and gender — specifically, that men cannot become women and women cannot become men. Outrage ensued, which meant something had to be canceled.”

Is It Okay to Be Single?

Wyatt Graham asks and answers. “On occasion, we emphasize marriage so much that we give the impression that singleness represents a lesser state. It does not. It is not just okay to be single, but for those so gifted with singleness, it also represents a much better state of living than does marriage.”

Should We Stop Reading Dead White Guys?

John Piper: “The sins of our fathers — not to mention their finiteness, their culture limitations, their personal idiosyncrasies — should cause our celebrations to have a kind of chastened enthusiasm. That’s my new phrase: chastened enthusiasm. Otherwise, we make the mistake like the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 1, which in recent days was so helpful to me to think about.”

9 Suggestions for Better Members’ Meetings

There’s lots of good stuff to think about here. “Many of us have horror stories of members’ meetings gone terribly wrong. But do they always have to end in bitterness and bickering? I don’t think so. Here are nine suggestions to help set members’ meetings on the right track.”

Enter the Narrow Door

“The question lingers through the centuries. Around the world. In religious gatherings. And institutions of learning. City streets. Local hangouts. And I read it in the Scriptures. The unnamed someone asks Jesus. ‘Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?'”

Entitlement Is Poisoning the Church

“Entitlement (en·ti·tle·ment, noun): the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. Have you ever heard of anyone confessing that they have an entitlement problem? Have you ever had anyone in your small group throw in a prayer request asking for God to correct their attitude of entitlement? Let me get a little more personal. Have you ever confessed it? Me either.”

Why a 7 Year-old Boy’s “Gender Transition” Is Sparking National Outrage

I’d say it is going beyond that and sparking international outrage. “An equally heartbreaking and morally revolting story is happening in Texas, where a court has severed the custody of a father from his 7-year-old son in order to allow the mother to oversee the child’s transition to living as a girl.” Andrew T. Walker comments.

Flashback: Does Premarital Pregnancy Nullify ‘Unequally Yoked’?

Where sin and ignorance have established deep roots, there will never be easy answers or painless solutions. Disrupting a family is difficult and painful; marrying an unbeliever is bound to be difficult and painful. Sadly, sometimes the only options available to us are painful and less-than-perfect ones.

Holiness attracts satanic attack just like bugs are drawn to light. —Harold Senkbeil