The Biblical View of Gay Marriage

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Did you click on the title of this post hoping for everything to suddenly make sense? That you would finally know exactly what God thinks about gay marriage and how you should culturally live that out? I understand the desire. Just so we are clear, you won’t get that from this post. But keep reading.

I’ve watched recently as social media has been flooded with opinions about gay marriage. I’ve had numerous people ask me to weigh in on the issue. Truthfully, I’m not sure what to say. Not because I don’t have opinions but because I don’t know what is healthy and productive and what is destructive. Jesus didn’t answer many questions He was asked. I’ve taken a cue from Him and tried to be selective with the opinions I carry.

So I’m not ready to fully dive into the topic myself quite yet. I’m still praying for wisdom and discernment in navigating the complexities and the implications of this topic. Like I mentioned in my post about Obama and the end times, I think issues like this one are fueled by fear (especially from Christians). That isn’t a healthy environment to find your stance. The Church has survived cultures that have included far more extreme behaviors than gay marriage and it did just fine. So relax.

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God Can Move Mountains (and Trash Cans)

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“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20b

Have you ever wondered if certain things are off limits to pray about? Maybe not off limits, but are there inappropriate things to ask God? Or maybe you’ve wondered if some things are a waste of God’s time or attention to get involved with? I can understand this tension and I have a tendency to over-think much of my own prayer life.

About a year ago we moved into a new neighborhood. While the house has worked tremendously for our family, the problem has been one of our neighbors. Let’s just say they have a tendency to over-extend themselves. The picture above shows a regular trash day in our neighborhood. If you look closely you’ll realize that there are two bins on our side of the property. While this certainly isn’t a big deal, there have been times where I don’t have room to put my trash bin out, or we can’t get our vehicles out of the driveway, or our trash collector has commented to us that there isn’t enough space to collect our trash. This is the norm, not the exception.

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That’s Not Yours

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I’ve been reading through the book of Deuteronomy the last week or so in my daily Bible reading. Deuteronomy has some great spots and some very tedious spots. Maybe it’s because I’m fresh off of an Israel trip in January but I noticed something uniquely this time through it.

Consider what God tells the Israelites as they are about to enter the land that He had promised to them and delivered them supernaturally into.

“Give the people these orders: ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful. Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.’” 2:4-5

“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.’” 2:9

“When you come to the Ammonites, do not harass them or provoke them to war, for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot.” 2:19

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Deep and Wide

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Recently I finished Andy Stanley’s latest book Deep and Wide. This book is written for pastors and is all about the strategy we use to build the local church. I’ve always liked Andy’s tendency to say things that are a bit aggressive in confronting the status quo, and this book delivers that in bundles. There are parts where I chuckled to myself when Andy would challenge the reader and then pause to reflect on how harsh he was being in the process. In addition, Andy delves deeper into his own story in this book and I found that particularly fascinating.

I highlighted forty-three passages in this book so picking which ones to include here is no easy task. I would categorize my favorite quotes into three sections: leadership principles that can be applied in multiple settings, church specific ideas, and illustrative material and quotes.

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The Question I Asked Robert Morris

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We hosted Robert Morris, the author of The Blessed Life, at Central this weekend. As a result, I was able to meet him and spend some time with him backstage. First off, the guy is a class act and is a fantastic public speaker. What stood out to me the most when I read his book was all of his stories about generosity. You cannot help but feel inspired. As I’ve reflected on his book, the issue in my mind has been how do you know whether God is actually asking you to bless someone?

Let me put it another way. Isn’t it always a good idea to bless someone? I mean, when would it not be the right thing to give something of yours to another person? More importantly, how do you function if every person you interact with is an opportunity for generosity that you should do something about? Isn’t it selfish to think otherwise?

I realize that it’s hard to figure tone of voice when reading something instead of hearing something, but my guess is you can hear the stress that comes from the questions in the preceding paragraph. I’m exhausted just typing it.

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