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Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash., in May 2009. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Yesterday I posted “The Mess: Eugene Peterson’s affirmation of Homosexuality” in which I examined Eugene Peterson’s comments that affirmed same-sex marriage and gay relationship in light of the Scriptures.  It turns out that Eugene Peterson faced such backlashed that he issued a retraction as Christianity Today (more like Christianity Astray) reported.  But the retraction to me brought more concerns than comfort.

Here’s my take on his recent comments.

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Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash., in May 2009. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Today’s big news in American Evangelicalism is Eugene Peterson’s “changing his mind about same-sex issues and marriage” as the headlines over at Religion News stated it.  Religionnews.com broke the news based upon an interview that Eugene Peterson did with their writer Jonathan Merritt.

Here’s the relevant portion of that interview:

RNS: You are Presbyterian, and your denomination has really been grappling with some of the hot button issues that we face as a culture. I think particularly of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Has your view on that changed over the years? What’s your position on the morality of same-sex relationships?

EP: I haven’t had a lot of experience with it. But I have been in churches when I was an associate pastor where there were several women who were lesbians. They didn’t make a big deal about it. I’d go and visit them and it never came up for them. They just assumed that they were as Christian as everybody else in the church.

In my own congregation — when I left, we had about 500 people — I don’t think we ever really made a big deal out of it. When I left, the minister of music left. She’d been there ever since I had been there. There we were, looking for a new minister of music. One of the young people that had grown up under my pastorship, he was a high school teacher and a musician. When he found out about the opening, he showed up in church one day and stood up and said, “I’d like to apply for the job of music director here, and I’m gay.” We didn’t have any gay people in the whole congregation. Well, some of them weren’t openly gay. But I was so pleased with the congregation. Nobody made any questions about it. And he was a really good musician.

I wouldn’t have said this 20 years ago, but now I know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian and they seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do. I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over. People who disapprove of it, they’ll probably just go to another church. So we’re in a transition and I think it’s a transition for the best, for the good. I don’t think it’s something that you can parade, but it’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned.

RNS: A follow-up: If you were pastoring today and a gay couple in your church who were Christians of good faith asked you to perform their same-sex wedding ceremony, is that something you would do?

EP: Yes.

As with everything in life for Christians we must be biblical and practice biblical discernment and critical thinking in our evaluation of what people have to say, even if they are a “Christian celebrity” among Evangelicalism.  Here’s my thoughts:

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What is a man and a woman?

In this series of posts we will see 7 truth derived from Genesis 1:26-28 concerning God’s creation of man and woman so that we would understand God’s design of manhood and womanhood for our lives today.

Why this study on Genesis 1?

  • We want to see how God intended men and woman to be so that we understand the role for today.
  • While Genesis 1 is a summary of the creation of man and woman we see that there are a lot of truths that is established here that is foundational for the Bible’s discussion of manhood and womanhood.

Let us start with the first truth that lays the foundation for all else that follows.

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John Piper. What’s the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, June 29th 2001.  91 pp.

4 out of 5

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The author John Piper is one of the editors along with Wayne Grudem of the massive Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  In fact this present book was originally written as a chapter for the larger work and while Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  While that work is more detailed in providing exegetical support and the reasons for why Piper and company takes the position they take yet Piper published What’s the Difference? as a stand-alone book is to present “a Biblical vision of manhood and womanhood as clearly and concisely as possible, and to leave the comprehensive technical discussion for other publications” (14).  Piper also wrote in chapter one that he wanted to have What’s the Difference? as a “portrayal of the vision that satisfies the head as well as the heart” (16).  In other words Piper’s second purpose is his desire to show how a biblical view of manhood and womanhood is “deeply satisfying gift of grace from a loving God” (16).

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Given how evil abortion is as an act of murder against the most helpless its time we don’t just talk about defunding Planned Parenthood but the legal banning of them from murdering.

This is one of the latest undercover video of their evil.  May God wake up the conscious of our nation against this injustice.

I’m moved to pray to see this evil end in the United States.

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  1. Warner Wallace.  Forensic Faith: A Cold-Case Detective Helps You Rethink and Share Your Christian Beliefs.  Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, May 1st, 2017. 224 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is a book on making a case for Christianity by J. Warner Wallace.  Wallace himself is quite an interesting fellow.  A second generation Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy turned cold-case detective, J. Warner Wallace became a Christian later in life after years of walking the path of skepticism.  This is his third book on Christian apologetics that he authored and using his background as a detective he teaches us how to employ skillsets he has learned as a detective in the pursuit and defense of truth with specifically the Christian worldview in mind. Readers will feel the author’s heartbeat that he’s concerned about his own kids and the state of the future of the church and where everything is headed; which is why he wrote this work to address the crisis that more than ever young people in the church are apostatizing and Christians themselves are unable to articulate why they are Christians.

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For some reason I did not realized until now that the Master’s Seminary’s 2017 Faculty Lectures was on the topic of “Believers, The Bible and the LGBTQIA community.”  Every year the Seminary has their faculty lectures on various topics around late January to February.

This topic would be very relevant given all the issues today.  There are six lectures total in this series below.

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