Iowa Court Legalizes Gay ‘Marriage’

From the Associated Press:

The Iowa Supreme Court says the state’s same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making it the third state where gay marriage is legal. . .

During oral arguments before the Supreme Court in December, Des Moines lawyer Dennis Johnson argued the ban violated his clients’ due process and equal protection rights.

“We are suggesting that everybody be able to participate equally in an institution that has existed since the beginning of this state,” Johnson said during arguments.’

The problem with this logic is clear. The “institution” of marriage in Iowa has been recognized as the union of one male and one female “since the beginning of this state.” In that light, the court is acting subversively. This court has preempted the Iowa state legislature and has invented out of whole cloth a new definition of marriage—a definition that the people of Iowa through their elected representatives would likely reject.


Celebrating the Death of the Innocent

Last week I noted a story in the Associated Press about a married mother of three who aborted her fourth child for financial reasons. The story was so sad and so manifestly tragic that I didn’t even have any commentary. It seemed self-evident that something was horribly wrong with this story . . . until today.

Bonnie Erbe has posted a short opinion essay at U. S. News and World Report arguing that “In a Recession, Abortions Are Not a Bad Choice.” Erbe complains that the aforementioned AP story portrayed the abortion decision as negative, and she contends that such abortions are actually the most moral thing to do. Here she is in her own words: Continue Reading →


Who’s Preaching at Boyce College?

As many of you know, I am the Dean of Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky (which is the undergraduate arm of Southern Seminary). Every Monday night, our Boyce students gather for “Dorm Meeting,” which is like a chapel service for our on-campus population. I love this meeting and want to share some of it with you. We’ve had some great sermons this semester, and you can download and hear them for yourself at the Boyce College Blog. Our speakers this semester have included Tom Schreiner, Jim Hamilton, and Russell Moore.  To download and hear these messages, visit the Boyce College Blog.

If you are interested in hearing the kind of music we like to sing, you can download an entire album of songs produced by our worship band. You will find the music here.


An Atheist’s Reflections on Hatred and Proselytizing

Penn Gillette (of ‘Penn and Teller’ fame) tells the story of a man who gave him a Bible after one of his shows. Penn is an atheist, but something about this person made an impression on him. As he describes this encounter, he reflects on the morality of proselytizing, and he asks this question: “How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?” Continue Reading →


John Mark Reynolds at Southern Seminary

Dr. John Mark Reynolds‘ recent Norton Lectures at Southern Seminary were some of the most stimulating addresses that I have ever heard on how science relates to religious belief. As you listen to the lectures, you find that he’s not a Calvinist nor a presuppositionalist in his approach to apologetics. You can download the lectures at Southern’s website or listen to them below. Continue Reading →


The times, they are a-changing . . .

One of the big stories this weekend was that the chairman and CEO of General Motors is resigning his position. What is even bigger news is that he is doing so at the behest of the Obama administration. What is even bigger news than that is that General Motors says the Obama administration is working to “restructure” the auto industry. You read that correctly. The government is going to restructure an entire industry. This does indeed signal a “tectonic” change in the way that business relates to government (see story).

Here’s how the New York Times is reporting it:

“The White House on Sunday pushed out the chairman of General Motors and instructed Chrysler to form a partnership with the Italian automaker Fiat within 30 days as conditions for receiving another much-needed round of government aid.

“The decision to ask G.M.’s chairman and chief executive, Rick Wagoner, to resign caught Detroit and Washington by surprise, and it underscored the Obama administration’s determination to keep a tight rein on the companies it is bailing out — a level of government involvement in business perhaps not seen since the Great Depression.”

The times, they are a-changing. That’s for sure.


Infanticide for Unrighteous Mammon

From the Associated Press:

The pregnant woman showed up at the medical center in flip-flops and in tears, after walking there to save bus fare.

Her boyfriend had lost his job, she told her doctor in Oakland, Calif., and now _ fearing harder times for her family _ she wanted to abort what would have been her fourth child.

“This was a desired pregnancy _ she’d been getting prenatal care _ but they re-evaluated expenses and decided not to continue,” said Dr. Pratima Gupta. “When I was doing the options counseling, she interrupted me halfway through, crying, and said, `Dr. Gupta, I just walked here for an hour. I’m sure of my decision.'”

Other doctors are hearing similarly wrenching tales. For many Americans, the recession is affecting their most intimate decisions about sex and family planning. Doctors and clinics are reporting that many women are choosing abortions and men are having vasectomies because they cannot afford a child.

I am so grieved over this that I don’t even know what to say. How can this be happening? Maranatha.

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; The fruit of the womb is a reward.


‘Gay Marriage’ in the Dictionary. So what?

Last week, the conservative news website WorldNetDaily reported that the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary has revised its definition of the word marriage. In its online and print editions, the dictionary includes in its definition of marriage the following line: “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.” The WorldNetDaily report also references the above YouTube video and implies that the expanded definition somehow means that the dictionary’s publisher has taken sides in the current debate over same-sex “marriage.” Continue Reading →


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