Must Read Monday: What we learn from Eugene Peterson | Watching Game of Thrones?July 17, 2017
Last week, best-selling author and speaker Eugene Peterson made news for coming out in support of same-sex marriage. Then, he made news again by reversing his statement in a retraction and affirmed (or reaffirmed) marriage as between one man and one woman. We may never know the real story behind all of the back and forth, but this high-profile example holds lessons for all of us.
Religious Freedom is for Non-Christians Too— Russell Moore— Gospel Coalition
Some of the biggest debates in the public square today revolve around the future of religious liberty. On the one hand, we see how new erotic rights clash with the rights of people of faith to hold to their conscience on issues of gender, sex and marriage. On the other hand, adherents to minority religious feel they are being disadvantaged by the state through zoning restrictions. In the fight for religious liberty, Dr. Moore seeks to answer this question: “Must a person who believes Jesus is the only way to God defend religious freedom for Christians and non-Christians alike?”
Twelve Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’—Desiring God (John Piper)
The HBO series, Game of Thrones is back for its seventh season. The season premier crashed the cable channel’s website, clocking in 23 million views. What is this show really about? And why are so many people (Christians included) engaging with and watching the show? And should Christians watch it? Well, we pull up a piece from a few years ago by John Piper that applies to any entertainment we consume.
The ADF, Alliance Defending Freedom, and FRC, Family Research Council, are now being publicly described and labeled as hate groups by CNN, ABC and NBC news. The mainstream media broadcasters are adopting the viewpoint of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). How do we respond when an organization to which we belong or support is labeled a hate group? Do define a hate group, you have to define hate. And to define hate, you need to define love. Listen to our discussion of this on The Reconnect, 7-13-17.
Human rights vs animal rights: what’s the difference? A circuit court will determine if an ape has standing to sue a photographer for the creative rights of a “selfie.”
What is the church and what is not the church? That is the question. As people are skipping Sunday School, they are instead looking for belonging and purpose in new places like CrossFit and Facebook. But church is not a place or social club, and no attempts to replace it can provide what the church alone is commissioned to be. The rise of substitutes must not be confused with the original.