In his acceptance speech yesterday, Mitt Romney said,
We were Mormons and growing up in Michigan; that might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really don't remember it that way. My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to.
All the rigamarole we go through at the airport, the hundreds of thousands of videocams keeping track of our every action, the eavesdropping we suffer at the hands of the FBI, CIA, and NSA; and those rampant violations of our U.S. Constitution shoved down our throats by Presidents Bush and Obama in the name of the neocons' "World War IV" against terrorism; all these have led to my growing feeling of encroaching danger these past ten years. The centralized and oppressive authority of our civil servants grows ever larger and everyone seems to think we need it. Every once in a while, though, I see the sun breaking through the clouds...
Brother Phil Jensen was here in Bloomington with his wife, Helen, about nineteen years ago. Phil preached and he and Helen were our houseguests. The conversation over three or four days was wonderful and Mary Lee and I learned much that we've copied in our work here in Bloomington.
Over the years we have been grateful for the work Phil, his brother Peter, and the men and women of St. Mattias have been doing in Sydney. More recently Peter has been appointed the Archbishop of the Sydney archdiocese. Not surprisingly he and his brother have been under almost ceaseless attack by the media.
If you keep your eye on the ball, you know sex is the gap in the wall of the church's service to Her Lord as the pillar and foundation of His Truth. And to God's glory, here is where we find Peter, Phil, Helen, and the men and women of Matthias Media standing, particularly. Principially. Which is to say they confess their Christian faith in the aggressively pagan city where God has called them.
As part of that confession, the Anglican archdiocese is in the process of adopting a prayer book which will keep intact the sexual specificity of Christian marriage ceremonies...
Those who oppose the egalitarian feminist heresy are often accused of believing that every woman should submit to every man. This is a straw man. God has established many authorities we submit to each day and one of them is not that every woman submit to every man. The very idea is preposterous and that's why feminists trot it out. Take traffic on city streets, for instance: add to the rules of the road that every other car is now required to submit to the vehicle on its right and imagine the traffic jams!
Which is to say this is a bogus problem deceptively trotted out by those looking to make God's Order of Creation look so monstrous that every woman despairs and becomes a rebel and every man is embarrassed and becomes a gelding.
But to say there is no authority-subordinate relationship between every man and every woman is not to say there's no universal standard of relationship between men and women. In other words, the relationship between man and woman is never asexual.
Every man made in the image of God is either a man or a woman; and every man or woman testifies to his sexual nature in every contact with a member of the opposite sex--either by faithfully confessing the Order of Creation or by rebelling against it. In fact, this distinction God blessed us with is so basic--so fundamental and foundational--that we never stop testifying to our faithfulness or rebellion...
A woman relating to a man should relate to him in a way that is...
Children are a blessing, and when you have a bunch of them it requires creativity. Undoubtedly somebody with a large(ish) family is out there that needs a new truck that can seat 8 and still pull their fifth wheel. I know, you thought such a thing didn't exist, but here it is!
I am very encouraged that Wheaton College joined the Roman Catholics in filing suit against President Obama's nationalized health care some weeks ago. And now, two other Evangelical colleges are doing so also: Grace College and Seminary here in Indiana and BIOLA out in Los Angeles. My rejoicing isn't because Evangelicals are standing up against the Democrats or President Obama, but because all three institutions have shown they see what's coming down the pike and they are on guard. As every church and brother in Christ should be.
So here's where our brother Tim Keller is tonight. Likely he knows nothing of what he's dealing with--the PC(USA)'s a whole 'nother beast.
But come to think of it, why doesn't he simply move on over...
Woman pastors and deacons and elders and bishops (err, executive presbyters) and all that. It might be a good fit. In the PC(USA) he'd be on the side of the angels. He'd be a conservative among liberals rather than a liberal among conservatives.
When I was serving my former churches (a yoked parish of two congregations) an hour north of Madison, Wisconsin, a young man working toward a graduate degree at UW(Madison) served the congregations as a pastoral intern and we became close. As time went by, he decided to enter the ministry and to train at the Christian Reformed Church's Calvin Seminary.
Even then, back in the eighties, Calvin Seminary was going down the tube. Turning our backs on God's Order of Creation, Adam first then Eve, was all the rage and Calvin was drowning in this rebellion. Dutchmen were reaping the fruit of their diffident-to-cold relationships with their wives and children and, having sown the wind, they were about to reap the whirlwind.
Ortega y Gasset pointed out that true thinking begins with exaggeration, you understand.
Another pastor in the area was on the board of Calvin and he told us the school was going liberal and it was only a matter of time before the Christian Reformed Church would follow...
Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes. (Psalms 36:1)
Some time ago, I was talking with one of the elders of a healthy CREC church and I asked him whether there was any fear of God in his congregation? At first he said "yes," but after thinking about it a minute or so he said "no."
Where is the fear of God in our churches? Or rather, where is the fear of God in our own minds and hearts and the minds and hearts of our children?
In the Reformed church of North America today, I fear the fear of God is almost nonexistent.
Because there is no preaching of the Law and coming Judgment, nor of repentance...