June 2016

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Bathroom wars: North Carolina sues, gender is out, and sex is back in...

Here are a few excerpts from North Carolina Gov. Patrick L. McCrory's lawsuit filed earlier today against President Obama's version of these United States. For a long time now, I've been convinced I'd never hear the word "sex" used again to refer to anything other than physical intimacy. But hey, along come the bathroom wars and look what we find...

The good father: mothers, infants, and nursing...

The past year or two, I've been reading books by shepherds. The Bible is all about sheep and shepherds. Jesus said He was the Good Shepherd and He told His Disciples the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep. My calling is to shepherd Jesus' flock, so I read books by shepherds to learn how to do my work better. "Pastor" and "shepherd" started out as synonyms.

"Pastor" sounds like "pasture" because both come from the word "fed" or "grazed." Jesus commanded Peter to "feed my sheep," and this is your first duty as the father of a newborn. You are to do everything possible to get the mother of your newborn child to feed her lamb and everything possible to get your newborn lamb to his mother's breast, latched on, and sucking.

Daddy, you are the shepherd of your ewe and her lamb. The doctor or midwife is not the shepherd. They are the vets. They are only professionals, and following birth, their work is only cleanup. The doula is not the shepherd. She's a woman and shepherds are men.

You are the man...

Phil Jensen talks about his mistakes...

Here's a good interview with my friend, Phil Jensen, of Sydney, Australia. Phil and his wife, Helen, spent a weekend with us in Bloomington twenty years ago, and we've often been helped by our conversations then as we have done the work of ministry in a university community.

Lessons from China: "the government must be the big brother..."

Beijing lawyer Zhang Kai was arrested August 25, 2015. Zhang had been giving legal counsel to churches in Wenzhou where pastors had been arrested for opposing a systematic campaign by government officials to relegate churches' crosses from the peaks of their roofs to interior courtyards and other places hidden from the public eye.

Here's the noteworthy quote from the World article:

Yang recalled officials explaining to him that the church and the government were competing for the role of “elder brother” in society: “There can only be one big brother. The government must be the big brother.”

This is precisely the issue in these United States, also. I have no desire to aid the White House campaign of Donald Trump by saying this, but the intolerant liberalism of the West is just as authoritarian as the intolerant Communism of China. The issues are different, but the dictatorial aspirations are the same. Washington's central committees will not stop... 

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