The Weekly Amen is a list of articles, videos, and other resources that I’ve recognized as content we want to “Amen”. This content will come from various platforms and highlight various perspectives on topics that affect the Church’s collective witness and contributes to influencing our emphasis on the Great Commission here at the CGCS
For The Church Podcast
A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary
In this episode of the podcast, Jared Wilson speaks with John Onwuchekwa, Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, Georgia, frequent conference speaker, and author of a forthcoming book from Crossway. Topics of discussion include:How almost losing his life in an armed robbery spurred John’s conversion. What pastoring a church in a gentrifying neighborhood is like. What’s something John learned from the practice of preaching that he couldn’t learn in a book? What’s it like preaching as one who struggles with stuttering? The declining number of baptisms and new members in the Southern Baptist Convention. His hopes for the future of ministry and mission.
Representing God in places that have been burned by short booms and long busts |
Update (July 13, 2017, 3:30 p.m. EDT): In a retraction published by Christianity Today, Eugene Peterson affirms a biblical view of marriage.
“I affirm a biblical view of marriage: one man to one woman. I affirm a biblical view of everything. . . . When put on the spot by this particular interviewer, I said yes in the moment. But on further reflection and prayer, I would like to retract that. That’s not something I would do out of respect to the congregation, the larger church body, and the historic biblical Christian view and teaching on marriage. That said, I would still love such a couple as their pastor. They’d be welcome at my table, along with everybody else.”
Jesus teaches us to “love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength” (Mark 12:30). Furthermore, he teaches us to “love our neighbor as ourself” (Mark 12:31). This command to love our neighbor is rooted in God’s love for us. We take our cues from God when it comes to how we demonstrate love to others. Therefore, when it comes to loving those with whom we disagree or with whose lifestyles we cannot condone, we must look to God for our example.
The following points represent a brief survey of some biblical truths from the writings of the apostle Paul that will help us love our gay neighbors well…
Courtlandt Perkins is a Masters of Divinity student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, with an emphasis on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Courtlandt and his wife live in North Carolina where he also serves with Kingdom Diversity at Southeastern. He is passionate about making disciples and has aspirations to pastor full time in the future.