Did I get married too young?

David Lapp got married last year when he was 22 years old and his wife was 21. By today’s standards, that is really young. But in today’s Wall Street Journal, Lapp makes the case for early marriage. He writes:

“Did I get married too young? I may not have the freedom to globetrot at my own leisure or to carouse at a bar late into the night. But when I step into our 500-square-foot one-bedroom apartment, warmly lighted and smelling of fresh flowers and baked bread, I do have the freedom to kiss my beautiful wife and best friend—the woman I pledged to always love and cherish, and to raise a family with. I have no regrets.”

After you finish reading Lapp’s article, go read Albert Mohler’s take-away on this subject for Christians. He writes:

“The delay of marriage is a huge problem, and Christians should be in the forefront of seeing and understanding the problem — and countering the arguments against early marriage. Churches and parents need to ask why we are not getting young adults ready for marriage. Abdication to the ‘hooking up’ culture of young adulthood is just not an option.”

Read the rest here.

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Kevin DeYoung Pillories McLaren Book

Kevin DeYoung has begun a multi-part pillorying of Brian McLaren’s new book A New Kind of Christianity. This will be a more extensive treatment than the Challies review that I highlighted yesterday, though equally as critical. You can read it here.

UPDATE: The rest of DeYoung’s review is now available. You can read it here or download a PDF of the entire review. I encourage the latter.

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He Loves Jesus but Hates God

Tim Challies delivers an appropriately stinging review of Brian McLaren’s new book A New Kind of Christianity. Among other things, Challies observes that McLaren loves Jesus but hates God. In fact, Challies is convinced that this book is a de-conversion narrative that shows that McLaren has unambiguously apostatized from the Christian faith. He writes:

‘He denies the Fall, he denies original sin, he denies human depravity, he denies hell…

‘Here, in A New Kind of Christianity it’s as if McLaren is screaming “I hate God!” at the top of his lungs. And swarms of Christians are looking at him with admiration and saying, “See how that guy loves God?” I don’t know what McLaren could do to make the situation more clear. In fact, his book is nearly indistinguishable from many of the de-conversion narratives that are all the rage today. Compare it with Bart Ehrman’s God’s Problem and you’ll see many of the same arguments and the same misgivings; you’ll find, though, that Ehrman is at least more honest. He at least has the integrity to walk away from faith altogether rather than reinventing God in his own image.

‘McLaren says he would prefer atheism over belief in the God so many of us see in Scripture. Well, he is not far off. This new kind of Extreme Makeover: God Edition Christianity is no Christianity at all. It is not a faith made in the image of Jesus Christ, but a faith made in the image of a man who despises God and who is hell-bent on dragging others along with him as he becomes his own god.’

I’ve read part of McLaren’s book, but now I’m wondering if I’ll spend precious time to read the rest of it. From what I’ve read, Challies has not overstated his case. Read the rest of Challies’ review here.

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Remember Kenneth Starr?

Do you remember Kenneth Starr? Most folks remember him as the independent counsel who prosecuted President Bill Clinton back in the 90’s. Most recently he’s been the dean of the law school at Pepperdine University. Yesterday, it was announced that he is to be the next President of Baylor University. The leader of the Baylor board of regents says this about Starr:

“His depth of experience and exceptional record as a university dean and legal scholar, his dedication to the highest ideals of the Christian faith, and his profound commitment to public service and visionary leadership make him the ideal person to lead Baylor at this remarkable time in the university’s history.”

There’s already lots of talk about this in the Baptist blogosphere, and I expect we’ll hear much more. For more on this, check out the coverage in the Associated Press.

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Youth Camp Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Boyce College will be hosting a youth camp this summer that is unlike anything you have seen before. It is called “D3: Leadership, Worldview, Missions.” Here’s a brief description:

“The four-day, three-night D3 Youth Conference is a summer experience full of learning and growing opportunities for students following Christ. Designed to accelerate high school students’ understanding of leadership, worldview and missions, D3 students will learn from the country’s strongest theologians, church executives and worship leaders while on the campus of Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky.”

Featured speakers include R. Albert Mohler and Russell Moore. Musical worship will be led by Josh Wilson. Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Flame will also be performing.

Registration is now open, so please let your pastor or youth leader know about this conference. This is one you won’t want your students to miss!

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Russell Moore on Ministers Opting Out of Social Security

Russell Moore was recently asked whether it was okay for ministers to “opt out” of paying social security. Today, he posts his answer. He writes:

“Social Security may or may not be around when you retire. I don’t know. I do know this: your money definitely won’t be around when you’re dead. So why waste your religious liberty on holding on to a little bit more of it for a little while longer?”

Read the rest here.

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Southern Seminary Panel on Avatar

Dr. Albert Mohler hosted a fascinating panel discussion on pop culture yesterday titled “Eden, Avatar, and the Kingdom of Christ: Just What Are We To Do with Popular Culture?” Panel members included Russell D. Moore, Mark Coppenger, Ted Cabal, and James Parker. The video is above. You can download the audio here or listen to it below.

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The Gospel vs. Open Marriage

If you don’t think that gay “marriage” is a threat to marriage, then you need to read this. The New York Times reports on a study to be released next month that shows that many “married” homosexuals do not consider monogamy to be a central component of their “marriages.” These couples are open to multiple partners while only being “married” to one. Why is this? According to the report,

“Some gay men and lesbians argue that, as a result, they have stronger, longer-lasting and more honest relationships. And while that may sound counterintuitive, some experts say boundary-challenging gay relationships represent an evolution in marriage — one that might point the way for the survival of the institution.” Continue Reading →

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