Over at BreakPoint our friend and Summit faculty member, John Stonestreet, weighed in today on the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and addressed several important worldview concerns, including legal philosophy, the rule of law, the sanctity and dignity of human life, euthanasia, religious liberty, and abortion, all topics on which Judge Gorsuch appears to hold conservative views. Obviously, from a Christian worldview perspective, the makeup of the Supreme Court and who… Read More →John Stonestreet on Supreme Court appointee
LifeWay did a study years ago showing that 70 percent of 23- to 30-year-olds drop out of church, and only about 35 percent return later to attend regularly. Sometimes we call this a problem with discipleship, evangelism, or faith formation, but we rarely call it what I think it is: the consequence of bad ideas.
I believe there are three faith-shrinking myths driving this generation out of the church, and we must prepare ourselves to recognize them and respond.
While God’s moral laws are often prohibitions against certain behaviors, scripture also paints a picture of “yes.” When God tells us to say no to this thing over here, it’s because he wants us to say yes to something better.
As a Christian in America, it’s easy to feel like an outsider. In a growingly-hostile environment, it’s not hard to see why Christians gravitate to tales of defiance and civil disobedience. But civil disobedience is a serious step, not to be taken lightly. Here are the three questions to consider when evaluating civil disobedience.
Dr. Frank Beckwith and Aaron Atwood sit down to talk about why morality and the natural law matter, as well as the freedom that results from morality and Dr. Beckwith’s new book, Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith.
Where does morality come from? Can we explain morality apart from God? Those are two of the questions Dr. Frank Beckwith tackles in this lecture, as he explains the arguments for the moral law and responds to those who claim that morality could result from evolution or arbitrarily exist.
Stories like Linda and Timothy Bannon who were born without arms, Paul Smith who had cerebral palsy and still produced stunning pieces of art, and Joni Eareckson Tada who spend 47 years in a wheelchair reflect one of the clearest truths in all of Scripture: Human beings are created in God’s image, and as such carry equal, inherent value. All life is worth living, for as long as God sustains it.
Richard Dawkins might be the world’s most outspoken evangelist for atheism. Lately, this Oxford biologist and high priest of doubt seems to only open his mouth to change feet. Dawkins has trained his attention on reproductive ethics. Responding to a woman on Twitter who said she’d have trouble deciding whether to abort a baby diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome, Dawkins told her she would be wrong to let the child live.
Clayton Lockett, who was sentenced to death after being charged with first-degree murder, rape, kidnapping, and robbery, writhed in pain and convulsed on his gurney for 40 minutes before dying of a heart attack. State officials are blaming an untested three-drug cocktail for an execution that many media voices are calling cruel and unusual – in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
If you would like to see a contemporary example of a bad tree bearing bad fruit, then look no further than the man whom the National Basketball Association just banned for life, Donald Sterling, the 80-year-old billionaire who has owned the Los Angeles Clippers since 1981. Although the recently leaked audio file, in which Sterling makes racist comments, sparked outrage, the recording’s contents are merely the latest in a series of revelations that exhibit the kind of man Sterling is.
The South Korean public has a nickname for Captain Lee Jun-seok: “The evil of Sewol.” Sewol is the name of the ferry that sunk last Wednesday, resulting in the death of over 100 people. Nearly 200 people are still missing. For the two and a half hours in which the Sewol was sinking, only 179 of 475 passengers were saved. During that time, the captain abandoned his ship and his passengers.
At age 46, Philip Seymour Hoffman, the greatest actor of his generation, was found dead with a syringe in his arm, surrounded by bags of heroin. Having battled addiction before, Hoffman was sober for 23 years before relapsing in 2013. Some experts claim that addiction is not a rational choice, and thus not a moral issue. Are they right?