I recently read an article that promoted pornography as a good thing. That's wrong. Porn is actually a problem, not something to be celebrated. However, mixed in with the lies, there are a number of things the article got exactly right about porn. Let's take some time to sort out the truth from the lies.
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What are you? A country girl? A city boy? An Ethiopian? A lesbian? A hunter? A sports fanatic? What are you?
Today we are obsessed with identity. We want to know who we are. We feel lost in this fast-paced world that is constantly changing around us. Things that used to feel stable are quickly disappearing, and we no longer expect to grow up and live our lives in a stable community where everybody knows everybody else and their grandma. We've become transient.
Recently while talking with Abram Hess—one of the men elected and about to be installed as an elder here at Clearnote Indy—the conversation turned to the question of privacy. Abram made a fascinating observation that I want to explore a bit more here.
As some of you may already know, there have been a number of exciting things happening here at Clearnote Indianapolis over the past year or so. We have moved into a newer, larger facility that meets our needs wonderfully and provides us plenty of room to grow. The Lord has also been raising up men to serve our Body as officers. Recently, the congregation voted to confirm these men, which means we are about to move out of the church-plant phase of life.
We want to thank many of you for your support and encouragement in numerous ways over the past 4 years.
While reading about the harm that casinos do I came across this quote from the Institute for American Values:
Today was our first Sunday meeting at the Kiwanis International headquarters building. We had a wonderful time, with an Easter feast after the service. Everything went very smoothly thanks to all the help both from those in the church and the Kiwanis staff.
This Easter Sunday, March 31, our church will begin meeting in a new location. We are very thankful to the Pike YMCA for allowing us to meet in their facility for the last three years, but we have outgrown the space they can provide. After more than a year of searching, we have found a wonderful new meeting space in the Kiwanis International headquarters.
We would appreciate prayer that the transition would be smooth, and that we can get all of the necessary work done in the coming weeks.
What is the relationship between science and theology? In my previous post, I pointed out the irony when godless scientists accidentally see God's design while the church refuses to see it.
Our highly-evolved scientists can tell us exactly what the biological or evolutionary "purpose" is for all kinds of human attributes. Why do we have thumbs? Why do we have tongues? Ask them. They know. They believe we are the way we are for a very particular reason. They believe in a design. Granted, the designer is not so much intelligent as adamant, but the design still exists. Evolution demands that we propagate--and successfully. It is absolutely adamant about this. If we didn't, we would die out.
This morning I read an article on CNN by Brian Mclaren calling Evangelicals to choose between allowing Islamophobia to spread further or seeking a "more charitable approach to our Muslim neighbors." In the article he said, "Many sincere and good-hearted evangelicals have never yet had a real Muslim friend, and now they probably never will because their minds have been so prejudiced by Islamophobic broadcasts on so-called Christian television and radio."