Archive - April, 2013

Can a Practicing Homosexual Be a Christian?

ESPN reporter Chris Broussard is taking tremendous flack simply for answering a specific question from a Christian perspective. Note that Broussard did not volunteer this information. He was asked. Broussard goes on to make an outstanding point about what “true tolerance” is and why it is important not to throw around names like “bigot.”


He refers to LZ, a fellow ESPN sportwriter who is openly gay. Broussard has now gone on Twitter to defend his remarks, saying:

“Today on OTL, as part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today’s news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before. I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.” 

Average Net Worth for 93% of familes decreased from 2009-2011

Update: My previous title, “93% of U.S. Households Got Poorer from 2009-2011,” was misleading. It isn’t true that all households in the lower 93% lost wealth from 2009 to 2011. Rather, the gains of those who went up in net worth were more than overcome by the losses of those who went down, the result being that, on average, this population had a 4% loss in net worth.  My apologies.

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It’d be one thing if everyone were getting richer, but the super-rich (with more assets invested) were simply getting richer at a faster rate.  What’s devastating is that the inequality gap is increasing precipitously with the vast majority of Americans actually losing ground, on an absolute scale (rather than just a relative scale).  This is happening while 90 million Americans ages 16 or older are not working, or looking for work, and while one in six is living below the povery line. 

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Christian Colleges and Student Debt

, writing for World magazine, highlights the rising student loan default rates for graduates of Christian colleges. The good news is that many of these institutions are taking steps to promote financial literacy among incoming students and to help graduates stay on top of their payments.  Read the whole thing (may require login). 

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John Piper and Mark Noll on the Life of the Mind

Jonathan Parnell:

Last fall Mark Noll and John Piper converged to discuss this topic. In an event hosted by Bethlehem College and Seminary and the MacLaurin Institute, Noll and Piper, authors of Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind and Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God respectively, each presented a lecture and interacted with questions related to the mind and Christian scholarship.


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Thriving at College, Reggie Rogers, Power Jamz

I’ll be discussing Thriving at College with Reggie Rogers this Saturday on Power Jamz.

A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Peter Kreft

I love the writings of Peter Kreft. You don’t have to agree with all his theological commitments (he’s a Roman Catholic) to benefit from his immense clarity of thought and precise, logical argumentation skills. On providing rational, non-religious, pro-life arguments, he’s excellent. He’s also a great refuter or moral relativism and a champion for the existence of objective, external moral absolutes. 

Here’s a 7500 word transcript that goes with a 50 minute audio lecture entitled “A Refutation of Moral Relativism” (which is also the title of one of Kreft’s many books).  Regretably, the quality of the audio is poor, so I’d suggest reading the transcript. Kreft gives six arguments for moral relativism, first stating the arguments positively and then critiquing them.  Then, he gives five positive arguments for affirming the existence of eternal moral absolutes. 

Two excerpts:

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Bad News on Jackie Robinson Movie

Jackie Robinson and Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey were not only strong Christians, their shared faith in Jesus Christ was the reason Rickey chose Robinson.  Eric Metaxas laments the fact that Hollywood chose not to include this important dimension in the recent film 42:

Hollywood has been skittish about faith and religion since at least the late 1960s. Even when it’s almost impossible to avoid, filmmakers find a way. The Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line omitted the central role Christian faith played in how Cash overcame drug addiction. Even in 2007’s Amazing Grace, about British abolitionist William Wilberforce, the story of his conversion and the huge role faith played in his political efforts is essentially left out.

And now in 42, Hollywood’s done it again, check-swinging a bloop single past the infield when a fence-clearing clout — or at least extra bases — was easily possible.

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Documentary on Kermit Gosnell’s Abortion Horrors

A sobering, twenty-minute look at Kermit Gosnell’s horrors:

Jackie Robinson and the Pattern of Jesus

Great post by David Mathis on how Jackie Robinson’s Christian faith drove him to not return evil for evil.  I don’t know if this important theme is brought out by the new movie 42, but I hope it is, because it’s the only explanation for how he could have done it.  Mathis writes:

The story of Jackie Robinson (1919–1972) — and with him Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey (1881–1965) — is one of the most powerful tales American athletics has to tell. Robinson overcame what seemed like insurmountable obstacles not only by playing outstanding baseball, but even more significantly, by not retaliating when treated with rank injustice and racism. According to Metaxas, “Jackie’s not fighting back against such filth and injustice was as heroic an accomplishment as anything the sports world had ever witnessed” (126).

Metaxas writes about Robinson (among others) in his new book Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness.  Metaxas is a master biographer, so I’m sure this new title is excellent.

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Murder Trial of PA Abortionist Kermit Gosnell

On March 18, the murder trial of Pennsylvania late-term abortion “doctor” Kermit Gosnell began. What’s been revealed is sickening to anyone with a moral pulse. NBC Philadelphia reported:

Stephen Massof (an unlicensed medical school graduate) described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, “literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.”

Massof testified that he saw 100 babies born and then snipped. (He’s currently in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder in the deaths of two newborns.)

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