Gene Veith said, “One thing, however is certain: Reading can never die out among Christians. This is because the whole Christian revelation centers around a Book.” Serious reading is a lost discipline. There is no shortage of distractions to keep us from reading. We can tweet, text, and email away our lives without giving any time to God and His Word or cultivating the discipline of reading good books. Thoreau said, “Read the best books first or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” The books on my 2015 reading list may not be the best books, but they are good books and I they will be a blessing to you. Continue Reading…
In recent days, the term “family values” has taken a beating. In response to the recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, ERLC President Dr. Russell Moore wrote, “Regardless of what happens with marriage, the gospel doesn’t need “family values” to flourish. In fact, it often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it.” This sparked a useful and friendly email exchange in which one of our elders, Paul Haines, addressed the topic with some of our young men. With his permission, I have compiled his email correspondence into a post in which addresses some his concerns with Dr. Moore’s article.
While there are some good things that Moore said, there are a couple of issues I have with Moore’s article. I will limit it currently to the “family values” issue, since this is what you sent to me. While I do not believe that “Family Values” is the gospel by any stretch of the imagination, “Family Values” are very important and should not be downplayed.
Bro. Earl is the author of Covenant Theology: A Baptist Distinctive, Jesus Loves the Church and So Should You, John Chrysostom, contributed to the book Denominations or Associations, and numerous periodicals including The Founder’s Journal, Reformation Today, and Banner of Truth, and has authored several booklets published by Reformed Baptist Publications including Covenant Theology: A Reformed Baptist Overview, Unconditional Election, Why You Should Join A Church, and Which Church Should You Join.
A slightly edited version of this article is scheduled to appear in the March 14 edition of the Baptist Message. It is posted here, by permission, in its entirety.