Trevin Wax on Knapp Interview

Trevin Wax has some great reflections on Jennifer Knapp’s appearance on “Larry King Live” last week. He writes:

After viewing Friday night’s Larry King Live with Jennifer Knapp, pastor Bob Botsford, and Ted Haggard, I was struck with the question: Why is it that whenever a proponent of Christianity’s historical view of sexuality goes head to head with an advocate for gay rights, the traditional Christian almost always loses the argument?

Read the rest here.

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Can You Be Christian and Gay?

Here is the video of Jennifer Knapp’s appearance on “Larry King Live” last night. The video above is a short excerpt. The video below (which may take some time to load) is a longer version available on the “Larry King Live” podcast. Unfortunately, neither of these has the entire program, and both are missing Ted Haggard’s remarks. A transcript of the entire show can be found here.

King wanted to discuss the question, “Can you be Christian and gay?”  King asked Knapp if she was still a Christian, and she said that she was a “person of faith.” She also said that there’s no contradiction with being a Christian and homosexual. At one point, Knapp appealed to the Greek New Testament to justify homosexual behavior (malakos and arsenokoit?s in 1 Corinthians 6:9), but it was clear that her understanding of this was  a bit muddled. In any case, she doesn’t think that homosexual acts are a sin.

Pastor Bob Botsford was trying to speak biblical truth into the conversation, though King was able to corner him a couple of times on some important points. Ted Haggard’s contribution was patently unhelpful. He couldn’t sound a clear note on any salient point. Instead, he tried to affirm both Knapp and Botsford’s positions. It was a poor showing on Haggard’s part. He did not represent the faith well at all.

I’ll be interested to hear what you all think.

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NFL Draft

I love it that Tebow went in the first round. He’s a winner, and the Broncos won’t look back on this decision. Here’s an excerpt of the report from the Palm Beach Post:

ESPN’s Mel Kiper trashed Tim Tebow at the Senior Bowl, calling him a fourth-round pick who will have to switch to tight end in the NFL. Former quarterback Joe Theismann suggested that Tebow retire in January to save himself from embarrassment as a professional.

Few people thought Tebow would be a first-round pick.

Instead, the quarterback with the strong faith and growing endorsement list proved them all wrong Thursday night when the Denver Broncos selected Tebow with the 25th pick of the first round of the NFL Draft. Tebow was the second quarterback taken, behind Sam Bradford (No. 1 overall) but ahead of Colt McCoy and Jimmy Claussen, who many expected to be selected ahead of Tebow but who were not drafted in the first round.

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Tom Schreiner and N. T. Wright at ETS

As many of you have read, John Piper is taking an eight-month leave of absence from his ministry beginning in May. His leave will take him away from most of his scheduled appearances for the rest of the year, and that includes the debate with N.T. Wright scheduled to take place at ETS in November in Atlanta.

I just got confirmation, however, that Tom Schreiner will be stepping-in to take Piper’s place at the ETS meeting with Wright. This is happy news, and I will be praying for a fruitful dialogue this November.

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President Obama’s Litmus Test

There’s a scene in the movie “Three Amigos” in which a leader of Mexican bandits chastises one of his minions for using the word “plethora” while not knowing what the word means (watch it here). I thought about that scene again yesterday when I read about President Obama’s promise not to apply a “litmus test” to judicial appointments. It sounds like the President doesn’t know what a “litmus test” is. Here’s how the New York Times reports it: Continue Reading →

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Should I Tell My Child He Was Conceived in Rape?

This advice is wise and biblical, and I can’t help but think that it might be helpful to some of you. Russell Moore answers the question, “Should I Tell My Child He Was Conceived in Rape?” His short answer is “yes,” but a short answer won’t do. You have to read the whole thing. Here’s an excerpt:

‘Yes, you must be honest. God honestly speaks to his children about the circumstances of their backgrounds, whether back there in Ur or back there in Egypt or back there in the “power of the air.” You must not hide this from your son. Imagine what it would be like if he were to find this information out from someone other than you. He would then wonder whether everything in his life is fraudulent and illusory.

‘Having said that, you must not “exasperate your son” (Eph. 6:4) with knowledge he can’t handle. A nine year-old lacks the maturity to understand this horror in its fullness.’

Read the rest here.

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Kevin DeYoung at Boyce College

Kevin DeYoung preached to the students of Boyce College last week, and it was outstanding. His text was Mark 3:7-19, and his topic was “Defining Discipleship Down.” The title is a riff on Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1993 article “Defining Deviancy Down.” This is a must-listen. You can download or listen by clicking below.

Defining Discipleship Down
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Thank you, Kevin, for your faithful ministry and for serving our students so well. Continue Reading →

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Wheaton Conference on N. T. Wright

The 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference on N. T. Wright wrapped-up yesterday, and the audio and video of the sessions are now available at Wheaton’s website. The conference was called “Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright,” and speakers included N. T. Wright, Richard Hays, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Nicholas Perrin. I’m looking forward to listening to these.

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