Harvesting Body Parts from Aborted Babies

Here is the brave new world in which we are living. The Associated Press reports that Doctors in Oregon took brain cells from an aborted baby and implanted them in a 6-year old boy.

Last month in Portland, Ore., doctors for the first time transplanted stem cells from aborted fetuses into his head in a desperate bid to reverse, or at least slow, a rare genetic disorder called Batten disease. The so-far incurable condition normally results in blindness and paralysis before death. Continue Reading →

Bruce Ware vs. Kevin Giles

Dr. Bruce WareBruce Ware and Kevin Giles have been sparring over gender roles and the nature of the Trinity. The controversy came to a head in a paper that Dr. Ware read at the most recent meeting of the ETS. You can read about the encounter here, and you can download and read Dr. Ware’s paper here.

Dr. Ware was recently elected to serve as president of the ETS.

Shelby Steele on Victory in Iraq

Shelby SteeleI recently wrote a paper arguing that comparisons between the current so-called “American empire” and the Roman empire of old are tendentious at best. Yes, the United States is the lone superpower in the world and has complete military dominance among the nations of the world. But the United States does not colonize as a matter of government policy.

As a matter of course, the U.S. does not conquer nations, occupy them indefinitely, and give them a government under the direct control of the U.S. government. After the U.S. wins a war, they leave. As Colin Powell said in 2003, Continue Reading →

Can Women Teach Men?

At ETS this past November, Dr. Harold Hoehner of Dallas Theological Seminary presented a provocative paper arguing that women can teach Christian doctrine to men in the church. Dr. Hoehner’s session was packed out, and I couldn’t even get into it. But I heard all about it because it generated a great deal of discussion both during and after the presentation.

Jim Hamilton has posted a short blog in response to Dr. Hoehner’s thesis: “Pastors Are Not Elders: An Egalitarian Suggestion?” Jim disagrees with Dr. Hoehner’s interpretation and gives several biblical reasons for doing so. I commend it to you.

As far as I know, Dr. Hoehner’s paper is not available online. But you can read the thrust of his argument in his commentary on Ephesians.

Jesus vs. the Scholars?

John Piper & N. T. WrightWhat do you do when biblical scholars disagree with Jesus? Since Jesus is after all the infallible Son of God and Messiah, my view is that your best bet is to stick with Jesus.

John Piper argues the same way as he considers who’s right about the nature of Pharisaism in the first century. Should we believe Jesus’ negative portrayal of the Pharisees that He confronted, Continue Reading →

Rocky 6?!

Rocky IVI was in the 7th grade when Rocky IV came out. As the cold war and the specter of a nuclear showdown weighed heavily on my little 13 year old brain, I remember feeling that it was very important for Rocky to beat the snot out of Ivan Drago. That is why my best friend and I stood up in our seats at the theater and cheered Rocky as he found his second wind and pounded Drago into submission. Continue Reading →

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