IVCF and IVP: don't feed the hand that bites you...
(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) Remembering that our Dad, Joe Bayly, was director of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship's staff on the Eastern seaboard, publisher at Inter-Varsity Press, that both he and my father-in-law, Ken Taylor, served as editor of I-V's national magazine His, and that for decades Dad served on I-V's board, our readers will understand it's sad for us to admit Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and Inter-Varsity Press would both do well to stop collecting money from church's missions budgets and Christian book distributors, and we all would do well to stop giving them money. The attacks upon the Word of God coming from their employees, conferences, and publications far outweigh any good this or that staff worker, speaker, or book may still be doing. Each of them are only the exception that proves the rule.
For instance, here's what IVP says about one of their newest products titled The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are:
Concepts like "gay" or "straight" are relatively recent developments in human history. We let ourselves be defined by socially constructed notions of sexual identity and sexual orientation, even though these are not distinctly biblical or Christian ways of thinking about sex.
Anthropologist Jenell Williams Paris offers a Christian framework for sexuality that accounts for complex postmodern realities...
She unpacks how sexual identities are socially constructed in our cultural context, and assesses problems with common cultural and Christian understandings of heterosexuality and homosexuality. Ultimately, linking sexual feelings to human identity leads us to a dead end.
Avoiding simplistic moral exhortation about sexual behavior, Paris argues that the Christian tradition holds a distinct vision for sexuality without sexual identity categories. The End of Sexual Identity moves beyond culture war impasses to open up new space and vocabulary for conversations with people in diverse communities both inside and outside the church.
Readers who think IVP's classic Knowing God (or some other title) justification enough for their continued existence should know there are any number of other publishers who are faithful to Scripture, would love to pick up Knowing God as one of their titles, and would not force it to share the same page and shelf with other heterodox and heretical works.
The declaration that "sex is too important to define who we are" is no "complex postmodern realit(y)." Rather, it's one more step down IVP's decade-long, simplistic, and boring effort to demonstrate ever greater conformity to the spirit of the age while claiming the Bible makes them do it.