Morning Mashup 06/03


There Is No ‘Third Way’ – Albert Mohler: “Southern Baptists will be heading for Baltimore in just a few days, and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is to be held in a city that has not hosted the convention since 1940. This time, Baptists attending the meeting will face an issue that would not have been imaginable just a few years ago, much less in 1940 — a congregation that affirms same-sex relationships.”

What Mariam Ibrahim Means – Russell Moore: “Mariam is a living picture of Jesus keeping his promise, made to us at Caesarea Philippi. Jesus said that he would build his church, and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it. And sure enough. Nero Caesar couldn’t kill the church. Josef Stalin couldn’t kill the church. Even now, Sudanese tyrants and Chinese despots can’t eradicate this church.”

“Genitalia Are Not Destiny”–But Are They Design? – John Piper: “Is gender set by a preference of the individual, or a providence of God? Or to put it another way: Is my sex determined by my decision in my mind, or by God’s designin my nature?”

A Resolution on Transgender for the SBC – Denny Burk: “…I have submitted a resolution “On Transgender Identity” to the Resolutions Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (along with my co-sponsor Andrew Walker). Next week, the Committee will decide whether or not to bring the resolution out to be voted on by the Convention. Below is the text of our proposal, though the Committee may very well make changes to it during their deliberations.”

Southern Baptists’ Millennial Problem – Trevin Wax: “The 46,000 churches of the Southern Baptist Convention are baptizing fewer people this year, and most of our churches are not baptizing any millennials (which means, depending on generational calculations, people between the ages of 14-34, or, teenagers through early thirties).”

Starvation as the New “Death with Dignity” – Wesley Smith: “Self-starvation has become the latest craze among the “death with dignity” crowd. This has been coming on for some time. Removing feeding tubes from cognitively disabled people who can’t swallow has been allowed for decades, under the right to refuse unwanted “medical treatment.” But what about people who can eat and drink by mouth? Assisted suicide advocates argue that it isn’t fair that they can’t die too.”

“[Tradition] is not infallible, but neither is it negligible, and we impoverish ourselves if we disregard it.” –J.I. Packer



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