Here is a passage of Scripture that we’ve no doubt heard:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
The list is interesting. Thieves and adulterers. Greedy people and idolaters. Drunkards and homosexuals. I don’t think Paul is trying to equate any of these sins with each other– other than the fact that they are sins and they prevent access into God’s kingdom. And since homosexuality seems to be the popular topic these days, let me clarify. When looking at the issue of homosexuality being a sin, Paul is not just talking about underage male prostitutes as some liberals attempt to portray. The Greek term used here refers explicitly to the “active” and “passive” roles in the homosexual relationship. Men having sex with men is definitely sinful.
But if that’s all we preach, we are selling short the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on March 8, 2014
Bill Nye (left) and Ken Ham debate the origins of life.
One of the main purposes of Bill Nye’s appearance in the Creation Debate with Ken Ham was to make an appeal to Americans. He is uber concerned that Christian parents are filling their children’s impressionable minds with literal, six-day creation nonsense. Mr. Nye presupposes that God doesn’t exist; therefore, it should surprise no one that he would vehemently oppose any attempt at indoctrinating children with a biblical worldview concerning origins. While this line of thinking is predictable for someone who denies God, the idea that Christian parents teaching their kids the biblical, six-day creation account in Genesis is harmful to this nation’s scientific endeavors is ridiculous on its face.
Let’s be clear. Bill Nye and his evolutionist followers are claiming that teaching kids creationism will hinder their ability to become great scientists.
So here are three questions for Mr. Nye: (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on February 6, 2014
My son, Caleb, at 24 weeks.
In honor of National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, I want to share three common objections (and answers to these objections) that I see when interacting with abortion supporters (people who typically describe themselves as “pro-choice”). (As an aside, no one would make a distinction between actually supporting thievery itself and supporting a thief’s choice to steal… but I digress.) (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on January 19, 2014
While attempting to answer the difficult question, “Should We Be So Opinionated?“, the author asserted that Christians aren’t asked to defend the faith. Here’s the quote:
…making disciples isn’t about defending our faith (something were never asked to do)…
Scriptures most definitely affirm the Christian’s responsibility to defend our faith. Consider these passages: (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on December 20, 2013
Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.
In honor of Reformation Day, I have provided a brief summary of what is commonly referred to as the five solae of the reformation.
Latin for “Scripture alone.” It was one of the core tenets that distinguished the reformers from the Roman Catholic church. Sola Scriptura means that the Bible is the ultimate authority for matters of faith and Christian living. It also encompasses the belief that any believer is able to read and understand Scripture. These beliefs were in stark contrast with Catholicism which erroneously held that Scripture and church tradition had equal authority on the believer. The Roman Catholic church also held the view that only the clergy within the Catholic church could reliably interpret Scriptures. (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on October 31, 2013
Leland Lavoie in Iraq. Image courtesy of Tony Alter.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers are armed with machine guns, tanks, and helicopters. Under the most stressful of circumstances, they must identify friend or foe and decide whether or not to engage while complying with the UCMJ, Geneva Conventions, Army regulations, and any special orders. Soldiers spend over a year at a time in a combat theater of operations while carrying their M16/M4 with a full loadout of 210 rounds. Often, a soldier carries his weapon everywhere– to the chow hall, barber shop, and Post Exchange. He even sleeps with his weapon.
Posted by Christopher Shaw on August 14, 2013
Dr. Condic testifies before Congress that the consensus of the scientific and medical community is that a fetus feels pain by eight weeks.
Posted by Christopher Shaw on June 25, 2013
At 20 weeks, the fetus’s heart beats strong. He can feel pain, hear mom and dad’s voices, and moves about in the womb. He is a human being. While Texas SB5 would pretty much ban abortions after 20 weeks, there is a significant number of people in the Texas legislature who believe it is a woman’s constitutional right to kill and dismember a fetus, even after 20 weeks. (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on June 25, 2013
Justice Clarence Thomas on today’s Supreme Court decision to send an affirmative action case back to a lower court for review:
Attaining diversity for its own sake is a nonstarter. As even Grutter (a previous Supreme Court case) recognized, the pursuit of diversity as an end is nothing more than impermissible “racial balancing.” … Rather, diversity can only be the means by which the University obtains educational benefits; it cannot be an end pursued for its own sake. Therefore, the educational benefits allegedly produced by diversity must rise to the level of a compelling state interest in order for the program to survive strict scrutiny.
Posted by Christopher Shaw on June 24, 2013
The Huffington Post is not exactly a conspiracy-driven, right-wing blog. So when they publish an article that paints homeschooling in a positive light, people should take note. The article cites a study by the National Home Education Research Institute that says that homeschooled students graduate college at a higher rate than non-homeschooled students: 66.7% versus 57.5%. The article also contends that homeschooled college students are better socialized as well. (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on June 7, 2013