Creativity is Cool, but So is Maturity

By now you've read some of the dust-up online about two prominent pastors and their presentations of intimacy and marriage. Mark Driscoll and his wife Grace have written what seems to be a very raw, personal book, Real Marriage. Ed Young, Jr is launching a new preaching series/book/media blitz in which he and his wife are broadcasting live from their bed for 24 hrs on their church roof (Yes, you read that right). I have not read Driscoll's book and don't intend too, though I highly respect Mark's ministry and feel that he has been a terrific leader in advancing the gospel through church planting and leadership development. I don't know Ed Young Jr nor have I read his latest book. He is a gifted preacher who seems to be leading many to faith in Christ. I have read some terrific commentary on both issues. I've also read some snarky, arrogant triumphalist commentary...

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Ed Stetzer – How Should We Talk About Sex?

I wanted to write a post about this, but couldn't find the words. Thankfully Ed Stetzer, a wiser man than me by far, wrote what I consider a terrific and wise post on how evangelicals might approach the delicate, but necessary subject of sex. I especially liked this paragraph: Third, when talking about sex, hype does not help.  I have to say that some of the gimmicky sex campaigns are simply unhelpful and can many times be harmful. For example, a friend of mine did a series he called "Storybook Sex" with all the shocking ads and comments-- a series he now regrets. At the end of the day, gimmicks are not what we need-- solid biblical teaching and moral courage is.  That does not mean we cannot have fun while talking about sex (thank you, God, for creating sex!), but, in talking about sex, it does mean that we need...

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Big Ben and The Sporting Culture

I am a huge sports fan. Every day I try to sneak in at least a few minutes of Sportscenter every day to get my daily fix. I regularly read espn.com and tune into sports radio in the car on occasion. I played basketball (not very well) in high-school and twice a week play pick-up games at a local church. My favorite sport is the NFL. I love football on Sundays after church. So you have to know that I've been following the Ben Rothlisberger story with interest. Ben is one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks, but apparently off the field, his morality is very loose. It has the proud Steeler's organization thinking trade and the NFL talking suspension. But something struck me in the statement Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner made yesterday in a memo to all the NFL teams. He urged them to act and not cover up criminal offenses....

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