ACE on The Manhattan Declaration

Be sure to read Lig Duncan’s remarks on “The Manhattan Declaration” which he wrote on behalf of the Alliance for Confessing Evangelicals (ACE). This statement is important. It addresses why ACE council members did or did not sign the document. For those who want to understand what’s at stake in this conversation, I think the key lines are here:

“Those who did sign the document believe that it is a statement of solidarity, not of ecumenism, and that it represents the kind of principled co-belligerency advocated by, for instance, Francis Schaeffer and James Boice. . . The Council members who signed do not believe that the document commits them to an agreement with Roman Catholics or Eastern Orthodox on the nature of the Gospel, the Church or who is a true Christian.”

In short, there is no dispute among council members about the nature of the Gospel or who is a true Christian. Both signing and non-signing ACE members still agree on these issues, and they stand united in their contention that such issues still divide Protestant and Catholics.

Skip Ryan Testimony

Three years ago, Dr. Skip Ryan stepped down from being senior pastor of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. On Sunday, a friend alerted me to a testimony that Dr. Ryan shared last summer at the 37th General Assembly of the PCA in Orlando, Florida.

Testimony of Skip Ryan- 37th General Assembly of the PCA

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I’m most encouraged to hear that Dr. Ryan remains an active member of the church he once led. That in itself is a testimony of grace. Currently Dr. Ryan serves as Chancellor and Professor of Practical Theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. I think this is worth a listen.

Dr. Skip Ryan was my pastor for about a year and a half when I was a student at Dallas Theological Seminary.

“Twilight” Is a Mormon Love Story?

I just read a fascinating article in Touchstone magazine about the meaning of the Twilight vampire series. In his article “Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden,” John Granger argues that the Twilight story is actually a metaphor for Mormonism.

Twilight is essentially an allegory of one gentile seeker’s coming to the fullness of Latter-day Saint faith and life.”

If this sounds far-fetched to you, then you need to read the article. Granger bears out his thesis by connecting the events and characters of the Twilight books to the history and theology of Mormonism. Given that author Stephenie Meyer is an observant Mormon, Granger makes an interesting case. The reader will have to be the judge of how compelling the case is. You can read it here.

(HT: Russell Moore)

Ross Douthat on Obama’s Speech

In a nutshell, Douthat thinks Bush was better:

“I think it’s worth comparing tonight’s speech, unfavorably, to George W. Bush’s address announcing the Iraqi surge. . . Obama was more comprehensive; Bush was much, much better. And now we have to hope that the President’s strategy is more successful than his speech.”

WaPo on Manhattan Declaration

Richard Cohen’s Op-Ed for The Washington Post this morning takes issue with The Manhattan Declaration. In particular, he rails against the Declaration’s stance on same-sex “marriage.” The bottom line of Cohen’s argument in favor of same-sex “marriage” is his own personal experience. He writes, “I know of children raised by same-sex partners and they seem no worse for the experience.” He also writes that “Some of the declaration is couched in religious terms, and with that I cannot argue. But it is its appeal to common sense that I find so appalling.” In other words, he argues that “common sense” and his own personal experience trump the religious basis for the Declaration. Continue Reading →

True Love Pays

It will cost you $87,403 to make your ‘true love’ happy this Christmas—that is, if you use “The 12 Days of Christmas” for your gift list. According to the annual “Christmas Price Index” compiled by PNC Wealth Management, the $87,403 figure is slightly up from last year. Here’s the entire list. Continue Reading →

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