In 2017, we saw a tidal wave of sex scandals and shamed scoundrels. USA TODAY reported that over 135 prominent men have been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in October. An epidemic of moral corruption has been exposed as big names have fallen like dominoes. The guilty should confess, repent and resign their leadership positions. The rest of us should search our hearts and pray God helps us keep our own noses clean. The church can’t afford to stick our heads in the sand and ignore this issue if we wish to remain relevant. In response, we need to remind ourselves of biblical boundaries for sexual behavior and how Scripture says women should be viewed and treated.Read More
Was Jesus anointed by two different women, at different times, in different places and for different reasons? Yes! That will become clear as you read this column. The anointing of Jesus is recorded in all four Gospels. On the surface, the accounts are similar and seem to be varied versions of the same story. However, careful comparison shows Luke’s account to be a totally separate incident.
We live in an age of “feel goodism” in a super-sensitive society in which people are offended by any perceived slight. Politically correct police patrol the air waves and red flag certain buzzwords and label those who use them as bigots, racists, sexists and extremists. Freedom of speech is under attack, especially religious speech, which is often tagged “hate speech” by secularists who reject biblical truth. Paul warned Timothy, “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths” (2 Tim. 4:3-4, NLT).Read More