A Resolution on Protecting Human Life

This week Southern Baptists in Kentucky passed a resolution on protecting human life (HT: Philip Bethancourt). Russell Moore was instrumental in bringing this resolution to pass, and there is much to commend in it. I particularly like the fact that it does not go along with the “abortion-is-one-issue-among-many” approach that we saw some “evangelicals” take in the recent election. It encourages treating the abortion issue as a priority. I have printed the full resolution below, but here are some of the highlights: Continue Reading →

James Kushiner on the Election of Barack Obama

There’s been a lot of discussion about the future of the pro-life cause in light of the election of Barack Obama. The most pointed remarks I’ve read come from Touchstone‘s James Kushiner:

‘The irony about the election of our first black president, an irony which I wish did not exist, is that while blacks have risen from the indignities and injustice of slavery in which their bodies were sold and consumed as property, and have endured segregation and second-class citizen status and racial discrimination, and have now one of their own elected to the highest office in the land, this very president-elect, Barack Obama, will increase the death toll among black human beings if he fulfills his promise to enact a Freedom of Choice Act, which will serve as a firewall around Roe v. Wade, the Dred Scott decision of our times. Continue Reading →

Hitchens vs. Wilson: A Collision of Lives

Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson squared-off in a recent series of debates over atheism. Hitchens is an atheist with an acerbic wit who thinks Christianity to be a blight on society. Douglas Wilson is a Christian who wants to show the reasonableness of the Christian faith. The video above is a trailer for a forthcoming documentary that describes the debates. (HT: Justin Taylor) Continue Reading →

Change That Pro-Life People Can’t Believe In

Many “pro-life” Obama supporters made the case before the election that abortions would decrease under an Obama administration. Such statements were always suspect, given that Obama was the most pro-abortion candidate ever to run for office.

Signs that President-elect Obama will in fact continue his pro-abortion posture have already begun to emerge. The Washington Post reports on the executive orders that Obama will implement soon after he takes office. The article says,

“In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office.”

The first two policy changes mentioned relate to life-issues: federal funding for abortions and embryonic stem-cell research. Continue Reading →

BCS Is Clear, But Best Team Is Out

With today’s games in the rear-view mirror, it is clear to see who will be at the top of next week’s BCS rankings. Alabama will remain number one, and Texas Tech will be number two. Unfortunately, the best team in the country (the Florida Gators) will not be in the top two. Florida’s loss to Ole Miss (I still can’t figure that one out) means that they are out of the big game unless one of the top two loses one.

LSU has lost every big game that it has played (Florida, Georgia, and Alabama). In two of them, they’ve gave up over 50 points per game (Florida and Georgia). Obviously, this is a bad year for LSU football. I wish it weren’t so, but that’s just the way it is. There’s always next year.

Mohler’s Remarks about the Election on ABC News

ABC World News Tonight visited the campus of Southern Seminary this week and interviewed our president, Dr. Albert Mohler, about the results of the presidential election. Among other things, Dr. Mohler said this:

“The fight for the dignity and sanctity of unborn human beings has been set back by a great loss. . . We’re going to have some setbacks here. . . We’re going to have some real days of disappointment. I think we need to be prepared for that. We’re going to find ourselves in a situation where our voice is not going to have the kind of resonance that it once had in Washington.

“I think there’s a real threat here that the Republican Party could decide to say to conservative Christians, ‘there’s the door, we’re going to move in a different direction. . . It just ought to remind many Christians we have placed too much confidence in the political process in the first place.”

You can watch the rest of the video here.

Schreiner Critiques McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet

A couple of weeks ago Tom Schreiner contacted The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (for which I am the editor) and expressed interest in writing a review of Scot McKnight’s new book The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. We were delighted to let him write the review for us and plan on publishing the review in the Spring 2009 issue of the journal. In advance of its publication in JBMW, the review essay will appear next week on the Gender Blog of the Council for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood.

I interviewed Tom last week for a new podcast that we have launched at Boyce College (where I am Dean), and we discussed McKnight’s book in particular and the gender debate in general. Tom’s contribution to the evangelical discussion on gender has been substantial, and we were honored to have him as a guest. Among other things, he wrote the article on 1 Corinthians 11 for the book Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and edited the watershed work titled Women in the Church: A Fresh Analysis of I Timothy 2:9-15.

Tom’s assessment of The Blue Parakeet is very critical and spot-on. So after listening to this podcast, you’ll want to be sure to read Tom’s review on the Gender Blog next week.

Boyce College DiaBLOGue

As many of you know, I am the Dean of Boyce College, which is the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Recently, Boyce College launched a website called “The Boyce DiaBLOGue.” The “DiaBLOGue” is a forum for the faculty of Boyce College and of Southern Seminary and for other invited guests. The new site is both a blog and a podcast that publishes content related to the Bible, theology, philosophy, and culture. In addition to traditional blog essays, the “DiaBLOGue” will also include a podcast (the RSS feed for the site is the feed for the podcast).

Not only will the “DiaBLOGue” include messages from Boyce College’s chapel meetings, but it will also feature interviews with scholars and theologians in a program called “The Boyce Forum.” The first installment of “The Boyce Forum” will appear very soon, and my first guest is Dr. Tom Schreiner.

Here’s the link to the site: http://www.boycecollege.com/diablogue. Please add us to your favorites and subscribe to our podcast.

Good News from Yesterday’s Election

The presidential election was over pretty early last night (compared to ’00 and ’04), but I stayed up until after 2am anyway to find out the results of Proposition 8 in California. When I finally went to bed, the vote count was too close to call, and it was still too close when I checked the news this morning.

The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets are now reporting that Proposition 8 has passed. So the state constitution of California will now include the following sentence:

“Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

The amendment passed with a slim majority, but this is big news when you consider the fact that California is one of the most liberal states in the union. That a measure like this one could pass in California is heartening.

Post-Election Columns to Read

The opinion writers are out in full force this morning. Some of them have good things to say, and some not so good. Here are a few I would like to highlight.

First, don’t miss Michael Gerson’s two columns this morning for the Washington Post: “Hail to the Chief” and “The Decency of George W. Bush.” The first duly notes Obama’s historic achievement and the latter takes on the conventional wisdom about President Bush. Both of these are must-reads.

Second, Albert Mohler’s reflections are always worth reading. He has sized-up things very well in his article “America Has Chosen a President.” Here’s an excerpt: Continue Reading →

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