Good Loving Gone Bad (The New Cultural Apologetic)

There is a new cultural apologetic that is fast becoming the go-to argument to ensure affirmation and approval of previously immoral activities. And it is an argument taken straight from the Bible:

Without a doubt, love is the ultimate ethic. We are told that the greatest commandment is to love (Deuteronomy 6), and when asked, Jesus agreed it was the greatest of all commandments (Mark 12). 
By now we are all familiar with how homosexuality and gay marriage shifted the entire cultural debate by making it about the affirmation of loving relationships. Two blogs ago I detailed the argument made by pedophiles in favor of pedophilia, namely that it was a “loving” act.
Now enter assisted suicide.
Consider the following headline from National Public Radio: “How a Woman’s Plan to Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve.” Now, before we go any further, what is the obvious slant? Her assisted suicide was all about her concern for others, and the feelings of others. It was all about,
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Comic-Con 2014: what to expect

Marvel Comics, Game of Thrones and True Blood are among the big names and this year's San Diego Comic Con. (Hawkes, The Telegraph)


U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children

After protesters shouting “Go home” turned back busloads of immigrant mothers and children in Murrieta, Calif., a furious Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, sat down at his notepad and drafted a blog post detailing his shame at the episode, writing, “It was un-American; it was unbiblical; it was inhumane.” (Paulson, The New York Times)


Hindu Gods Seem to Have Been Working Out

In new comics, paintings and popular books, depictions of Vishnu, Rama and other greats in the Hindu pantheon are being reimagined to give the deities broad shoulders, six-pack abs, flashy get-ups and smoldering good looks. (Anand, The Wall Street Journal)


Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It's More Complicated

The legal context for what's happening at Gordon College, and how Christians can respond despite intense cultural backlash. (Inazu, Christianity Today)


The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated

The Team is excited to announce the official release of James Emery White's book The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated.
This book could not be coming at a better time, as the "nones" - the fastest-growing religious group of our day - are certainly on the rise. Currently one in five Americans identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. Dr. White's book explores exactly who the "nones" are, what caused this dramatic shift in today's culture, and most importantly how churches can reach these people.
Ed Setzer, president of LifeWay Research had this to say about the book:
In an era of increasing complexity and religious apathy, James Emery White has written a book that is helpful, informative, challenging, and timely. Those who care about communicating the gospel in this complex culture and think the church must regroup and re-engage should read "The Rise of the Nones."
Happy reading!
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