In Case You Missed It

1) From First Things, Timothy George discusses the need for a thicker kind of mere Christianity, the kind originally intended.

2) Michael Kruger looks at Psalm 119 and describes five things every Christian should be doing with God’s word.

3) Ross Douthat of the New York Times critiques Ann Coulter’s critique of American Christianity, that it is too focused on international efforts and not enough on the States.

4) At his blog, the Exchange, Ed Stetzer interviews SEBTS Provost Bruce Ashford about cultural engagement, in every square inch of the culture.

In Case You Missed It

1) Russ Moore offers a compassionate reminder for churches to remember those who want to be but cannot be mothers on Mother’s Day.

2) At 9Marks, Jonathan Leeman answers several questions, including whether or not elders can be single and if young earth creationism is a primary or secondary matter for local churches. What are your thoughts on these topics?

3) At the American Conservative, Rod Dreher offers a pointed evaluation of the evangelical response (past, present, and future) to the advance of the gay rights movement in America. Among other points, he argues, “I think it’s simply true as a general matter that you can be as nice as you can be, and the world will still hate you. This is massively true when it comes to the gay rights question.”

4) An interesting explanation of what constitutes an insult of Muhammad for Muslims, from Daniel Akbari at WND. Akbari points out that insulting, not depicting, Muhammad was the spark for the recent attack in Garland, Texas.

 

In Case You Missed It

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against states’ rights to ban same-sex marriage. The online coverage and commentary, of course, was extensive. Here are a few of the more helpful pieces we read:

1)  At SCOTUS blog, Amy Howe explained the case and the questions before the court in plain English. A helpful post for you to understand the arguments and potential rulings.

2) Al Mohler discussed the foreboding language of the U.S. Solicitor General on religious liberty “issues” related to those who oppose same-sex marriage.

3) On Tuesday–the day of the Supreme Court hearing–Russ Moore offered his reflections on and prayers for the Supreme Court and the U.S. 

We read many other good pieces this week. Here are just a couple that caught our eye:

4) From the Federalist, former transgender man Walt Heyer argues that Bruce Jenner should try to change his mind, not the world.

5) At SEND Network, Ryan West describes the hope many Southern Baptist churches seek to bring to Baltimore in the midst of recent riots and unrest.