Wimbledon 2008: One for the Ages

If you missed the 2008 Wimbledon final, you missed one for the ages. Roger Federer came into this match as the Tiger Woods of tennis. Rafael Nadal came in as the number one contender—someone who’s been spoiling for this fight for a long time.

The match went longer than any other final in the history of Wimbledon—4 hours and 48 minutes (it broke the record set by McEnroe Bjorn Borg in 1980). But that wasn’t the only record set. Nadal became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win Wimbledon and the French Open in the same season. Nadal won it 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7.

My commentary won’t do this match justice. Take a look at the highlights below. Continue Reading →

Grateful for a Smiling Providence

America is my home away from home. I am a sojourner here, just like everyone else, passing through on my way to eternity. “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). Nevertheless, I regard it as a smiling Providence to have been born here, and I give thanks today.

About a year and a half ago was my last visit to Washington, D.C. One of the highlights of my trip was a visit to the Lincoln Memorial. My favorite political speech is inscribed on the wall inside the memorial. The speech is Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Continue Reading →

Schoolhouse Rocks the 4th of July

Now this is nostalgic. I used to watch “Schoolhouse Rock” every Saturday morning. This is where a whole generation learned about manifest destiny (“Elbow Room”), English grammar (“Conjunction Junction”), how a bill becomes a law (“I’m just a bill”), and much more. So I thought what could be more fun this 4th of July than to post Schoolhouse Rock’s videos on the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. Continue Reading →

Monkeys Are People Too

Despite the title of this post, I don’t believe that “monkeys are people too.” Nevertheless, an ABC news report says that some people think that they are. This is one you’ll have to see to believe.

According the report, people are “adopting” monkeys and living with them as their surrogate “children.” These people call these adopted monkeys their “babies,” and they even dress them up like little infants.

The stories of these “adoptions” ought to scandalize anyone who still cares about the sanctity of human life. Is it any wonder that human life is so devalued in our culture when there are people who do not know the difference between people and animals? They are like the Ninevites of old, “persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?” (Jonah 4:11).

This report is a sign of the times.

Adopting Monkeys – Part 1

Adopting Monkeys – Part 2

Gender Talk on “The Albert Mohler Program”

Yesterday, Dr. Russell Moore hosted a discussion of biblical manhood and womanhood on “The Albert Mohler Program,” and I was pleased to be a guest along with my good friend Jim Hamilton. You can hear the show at AlbertMohler.com, at the show’s podcast, or at the player below.

[audio:http://www.sbts.edu/MP3/totl/2008/AMP_06_30_2008.mp3]

At the beginning of the program, Dr. Moore mentioned that he had been in the Dallas area to deliver some messages at Denton Bible Church. Not only that, he offered a noteworthy tribute to Tommy Nelson, the pastor of Denton Bible Church: Continue Reading →

Gun Rights and Hermeneutical Confusion

In today’s Washington Post, Eugene Robinson posts his reflections on The Supreme Court’s recent declaration that gun ownership is an individual right. In essence, Robinson says that The Supreme Court interpreted the second amendment correctly but that he would nevertheless favor restrictions on the right to bear arms. The meaning of the Constitution is clear on this point, he says. Robinson just disagrees with the Constitution.

What caught my eye about Robinson’s column, however, was the last two paragraphs. He writes: Continue Reading →

Let’s Get Technical: The Meaning of authenteō

WARNING: This post is going to be a little bit technical. Enter at your own risk!

Commenters under my previous complementarian posts have been debating the meaning of authenteō in 1 Timothy 2:12—whether it has a negative meaning (“usurp authority, domineer”) or a neutral one (“exercise authority”). In particular, the comments have called into question the work of Henry Scott Baldwin who has argued that authenteō does not have a negative meaning.

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Gender-Debaters Point the Finger at Themselves

Christianity Today has published two essays in which an egalitarian and a complementarian point the finger of critique at their own movements. John Koessler represents the complementarian point of view, and Sarah Sumner represents the egalitarian.

I’m not going to comment on this exchange point-by-point. But I do have a question about one of Koessler’s statements. He writes:

“When God created humankind in his image, he created them to be male and female (Gen. 1:27). It is often said that men and women bear the image of God equally. But it might be more accurate to say that men and women bear God’s image together. Men and women collectively reflect the divine image; one without the other is incomplete.” Continue Reading →

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