Statements on Human Sexuality

May 29, 2020 by

by Justin Taylor, The Gospel Coalition: The publication of The Report of the Ad Interim Committee on Human Sexuality to the 48th Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly does not sound like thing of headlines or bedtime reading. But praise God for the Presbyterians and their orderly, parliamentarian ways. This committee—which includes Tim Keller, Kevin DeYoung, and Bryan Chapell, among others—has put together a very thorough and careful and important study in response to an overture...

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New Pixar kids’ film centers on gay main character coming ‘out’ to parents

May 29, 2020 by

By Martin Bürger, LifeSite: One review summarizes the film: ‘As he frantically tries to hide the evidence of his relationship from his mom … he quickly learns that maybe there’s nothing to hide after all.’ Pixar featured its first homosexual main character in a new short film, “Out.” The film tells the story of a young man revealing to his parents that he is in a homosexual relationship. Disney’s streaming service Disney+ announced the short film as “[t]he latest...

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The Sending of the Holy Spirit

May 29, 2020 by

from Gafcon: Irenaeus, born around 130 to a Christian family, was a disciple of Bishop Polycarp in Smyrna, who had himself been a disciple of the Apostle John. After a persecution decimated the church in Gaul, Irenaeus became the second bishop of Lyon and was noted for his role in guiding and expanding Christian communities in what is now the south of France. In his treatise Against Heresies, Irenaeus exposed the errors of the Gnostic heresies and was instrumental in defining apostolic...

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Longing for a return to church

May 29, 2020 by

by Peter Crumpler, Christian Today: I’m a massive fan of all that churches have been doing to go online during the lockdown. Some have transformed their Sunday services with presenters, interviews and worship played out on split screens. Others have streamed services, with the congregation linked by Zoom to increase participation. It’s brilliant to see how much has been achieved and the large numbers of views being recorded. Let’s not forget the lower-tech solutions either....

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These bullying bishops aren’t brave

May 29, 2020 by

by Giles Fraser, UnHerd: Why are the guardians of public morality joining the pitch-fork mob? I went to public school, so I know a thing or two about bullying. The crucial thing is to develop the collective impression that the person being bullied deserves it. Once this is established, the bully can clothe themselves in a peculiar form of moral righteousness. The witch is persecuted, because she deserves it. The Jews are persecuted, because they deserve it. And it’s not just the physically...

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Stonewall turns its attention to children with SEND and autism – our full report on Stonewall schools guidance since 2015

May 29, 2020 by

from Transgender Trend: In March, Stonewall published a new schools guide ‘An Introduction to Supporting LGBT young people’, replacing the guide of the same name published in 2015 which is no longer available from the website. The new guide goes further than any previous Stonewall schools guidance in several significant ways, the most serious and potentially harmful aspect of which is the whole section dedicated to children with SEND, including autism. We have reviewed all ten Stonewall...

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An Attack on Free Speech in Finland

May 28, 2020 by

by Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite: Finland continues to persecute parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen for publicly defending the biblical view of homosexuality. On March 2, police interrogated the Finnish MP about a booklet she wrote in 2004 detailing and defending the Lutheran church’s position on sexual ethics. It was titled “Male and Female He Created Them: Homosexual relations challenge the Christian concept of humanity.” Räsänen, a physician and member of the Finnish Christian Democrats, had...

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Canadian city bans help to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction

May 28, 2020 by

by Anthony Murdoch, LifeSite: The new bylaw comes with fines of up to $10,000 or a year-long prison term for any business, extremely broadly defined, that offers ‘conversion therapy.’ A Canadian city banned businesses from offering help to those with unwanted same-sex attraction. In a 14-1 final vote yesterday, the Calgary City Council passed the third reading of the “Prohibited Businesses Bylaw-20M2020” (page 531), making it become law. The new bylaw 20M2020 makes it illegal for a...

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‘Daily Hope’ free phone line, bringing hymns and prayers to people’s homes, takes over 100,000 calls

May 28, 2020 by

from ITV News: A free phone line for people to listen to hymns and prayers during lockdown has been so popular it’s already received over 100,000 calls. Daily Hope is funded by the Archbishop of Canterbury and set up by Pippa Cramer and her husband Steve from their home in Claygate in Surrey. “I’ve had amazing feedback. A lot of people are feeling quite isolated, lonely, frightened – I don’t think you can underestimate how scary it can be at the moment for...

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How do we value a life?

May 28, 2020 by

By Martin Down, CEN: Let’s start at the beginning. We obviously value a human life more than we value the life of an animal or an insect. I cheerfully swat a mosquito or a fly, and most of us cheerfully eat meat, at the cost of the life of a cow or a chicken. An Animal Rights activist might say that a cow or a chicken has as much right to life as I do. But if it were a matter of saving the life of a child or a dog in a house fire, most people, even Animal Rights activists, would save the child...

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