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The Topless Prophet (part one)

Stop! Keep your head on!
So John's friends plead when he speaks against the sexual sin of those in power. Matthew 14 records his words and their consequences: 
‘It’s contrary to God’s law for you to marry your brother’s wife!’
His rebuke rings out over the hot, desert sands of time, upsetting the ease of everyone who has become laid back and tolerant over such matters.
Was John Right?
We might start by asking if John should be a bit nicer. After all, it’s being said that when the queen heard John’s 'cruel' words, she went back into her castle to cry, indulge in chocolate ice cream, and garner social media sympathy points. (Which was good because her tweets hadn’t been getting nearly as many likes as they used to.)
But a much wiser question would be: Can we be confident that John was right in giving that rebuke?
John’s rebuke against the sexual sin of Herod is based on a law in the much-maligned book of Leviticus. It's stated in chapter 18 and then repeated slightly different…

Church calls its LGBs to Celibacy - Culture Loses it

Sex is great.
Now let's be clear: we are not talking about the male-female gender binary right now, as wonderful as that is. We're referring today to the actual act of knocking boots. 

Let's also note upfront that I’m a bloke with a solid history of heterosexual behaviour. I look back upon it all with fondness while also cheerfully anticipating much more in the days and years ahead. It’s important to clarify this point because some might think that in discussing celibacy that we're disparaging or making light of the gift of sex. 

Not at all. Rather, we must expose the dysfunctional view of our orgasm worshipping culture for what it is. Then we can put this gift in its proper perspective.
The Sexy Celibates
Which brings us to our point. There has been a lot of chatter through social media lately on how unfair it is that Christians with same-sex attraction are being called by the church to a life of celibacy. (Cue the gasping and shameful shaking of heads). 
A lot of this is a…

Mary Magdalene MUST be a Hooker

The Junia Project released an article on one of my favourite Bible characters in the run up to Easter. Much is made of Mary Magdalene's relationship with Jesus in my book Forbidden Friendships. She’s an uneclipsable chick - and the resurrection account with her in John 20 is one of the most beautiful passages in all of Scripture.
That’s why the Junia article (HERE) is so disappointing. It's even got some push back from their own followers over the issue.
To the article's credit, it is historically solid. The article is not misinformation or ‘fake news’ in that regard. The author, Gail Wallace, has done her homework well. There is no intellectual horsepower missing – it's good information.
But though a car may have great horsepower under the hood, we must ask what the point is if it's headed down the wrong lane of traffic. It contains accurate information but argues for an undesirable destination.
Wallace gives much of her attention to demonstrating that Mary was NOT a …

The Disillusioned Christian Man

It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life.  -1 Kings 19
I write this on Easter Saturday. Some have called it ‘Long Saturday’ or ‘Silent Saturday’. It’s the Saturday when the disciples were hurt and confused. The circumstantial drama of the crucifixion was over. The joy of Easter had not yet begun. The wound had been delivered. Now they had to live with it.
Disillusionment is a particular type of suffering and is often an element within other types of suffering. It’s the unmet expectations and disappointments writ large. The trauma that circumstances and people were not as you had thought them to be. But God is disillusioning us because he loves us. We are of limited use to him as long as we have illusions. Removing them so that we can come to terms with reality is a painful but necessary step in God crafting his man.
This last year has held many blessings for which I am grateful. But it’s also included a painful disillusionment. I've suffered the loss of a relationship that I had p…

Can Morality come from Evolution Alone?

Dear Amy,
Thank you for explaining to me why you are an atheist. I appreciated the lengthy message. 

For some reason, most of the atheists I talk with are men. I've never looked into whether there is an actual gender discrepancy within atheism. Perhaps in your response, you may care to share your thoughts on that?

But to your message:
You explained why you think it is no longer necessary for humans to believe in God. I appreciate that. It was a friendly gesture. I hope you don't mind if I return my own thoughts - especially in response to what you wrote on morality and ethics. 
You say, ‘Altruism is an evolutionary response to the pressures of competition in the world―we can’t help but find it enjoyable.’ So, according to your theory, we act in a moral way because evolution has designed us to get pleasure from doing so. We do good because it feels good. Is that it? Please let me share four reasons why I think you're tragically wrong.
First of all, when some animals, our 'evo…