Did Jesus Ever Speak about Homosexual Practice?

From personal experience with dear friends and family members, one of the most common biblical justifications I’ve heard for homosexual practice is that Jesus himself never taught on it. The argument goes something like this: “What I cannot fathom is why Christ never spoke on the topic. While he spoke on the subject of marriage ...

Does Illicit Sex Exclude One from Heaven?

Guest post by Dr. Craig L. Blomberg Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom ...

Perverts, Pederasts, Prostitutes, or . . . ?

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men . . . . (1 Corinthians 6:9; updated New International Version [NIV]) Guest post by Dr. Craig Blomberg One of the more ...

The “All or Nothing” Syndrome with Biblical Imprecision

Guest post by Dr. Craig L. Blomberg In the late 1970s, the “battle for the Bible” pitted inerrantists against others with a high view of Scripture but who stopped just short of belief in inerrancy. A common argument in this debate featured “the slippery slope.” Give up inerrancy, it was alleged, and at first you ...

Observing Lent: Several Practical Suggestions

The image of the desert way is one of the classical expressions of the Lenten journey—clearly derived from the way of Jesus in the desert. Only by intentionally entering the desert way can we be kept from idolatry and perhaps from spiritual self-indulgence. —Don E. Saliers As this quote suggests, Lent is notorious for its ...

How Have American Churches Responded to Marijuana Use?

In this installment of our series on marijuana use, we survey the various responses of American Christians, churches, parachurch ministries, and denominations to the legalization of marijuana—both medical and recreational. How, for example, have churches in America dealt with marijuana use? What views have they espoused in the debate, and what political measures have they ...

Do All Teachers Go to Hell?

Guest post by Dr. Craig L. Blomberg My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. (James 3:1; King James Version) I suppose the only good thing about this translation of this verse is that it might have dissuaded a few antebellum Christians from becoming slave-owners if they were sitting ...

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