Male & Female Complementarity – a vital issue and a superb video

Man.  Woman.  Maleness.  Femaleness.  Marriage.  Family.  Gender.  Difference.

Anyone with ears open knows that these are important issues in today’s world.  And also that our culture is attempting to radically alter the fabric of these things.

Presently, there is an international colloquium taking place at the Vatican – Humanum.  It is concerning issues of gender, marriage, sexuality, and family.  It is a collaboration between Catholics, Evangelicals, and others to recommit to the basic foundation of our common humanity.

This is the first of a series of videos produced to help articulate the philosophical and theological basis for male/female complementarity.  This first one is superb.  And a Must-Watch.

May this project be blessed and glorify the One who created by dividing (Genesis 1)

 

re:  On Marriage and Temple Desecration, C C Pecknold, First Things

 

Commanded To Remember

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you are also in the body.  Hebrews 13:3

We are commanded to remember.  Remember what?  Remember those Christians who have been imprisoned and otherwise mistreated for their confession of faith.  This is not just the stuff of ancient Rome.  It happens today around the world in many different forms – from intimidation, to repression of religious freedom, to imprisonment and even death.

This week is the International Day of Prayer for those persecuted around the globe.  Who decides on the day?  I have no idea but it is a perennial command of the Christian Faith.  A day to focus on it is a wonderful thing.

Remember…  and pray.

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for more:

Voice of the Martyrs Canada

International Christian Concern

Reformation Day

 

Wittenberg Door

Today is Hallowe’en but it is also Reformation Day, the anniversary of when an Augustinian monk nailed an invitation to debate on to the church door at Wittenberg.  497 years ago, Martin Luther dropped a pebble which became an avalanche.
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If you don’t know much about the start of the Reformation, read Timothy George’s great piece at First Things:

Reformation Day – Timothy George, First Things

And because Martin Luther still remains a controversial character, and it is increasingly trendy to dismiss his insights, here’s a vote of confidence for him:

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Luther, I think, got the substance of the Christian Faith roughly right – or rather, the Luther who discovered the Christian Faith afresh did, not the Luther concerned with preserving reformation by earthly powers.  And Luther, in my judgement, also got the apostle Paul basically right.  This view is not popular today, but popularity isn’t an index of truthfulness.  -Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge, pg 236.

 

Love Is Not A Feeling – and – Columbus ‘discovered’ the Americas

Landing of Columbus, by John Vanderlyn. It was certainly a landing; it was hardly a 'discovery'.

Landing of Columbus, by John Vanderlyn.
It was certainly a landing; it was hardly a ‘discovery’.

Once in awhile, I see the culture around me getting something right.  Really right.  This is because there is some wisdom which is given to all people that can be discovered no matter what one believes.  It is a gift from God, but might not be acknowledged as such.
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The Huffington Post’s Seth Adam Smith has written about love, commitment, and moving beyond feelings.  It’s good.  Highly Recommended.  It’s the type of thing that people who live in a culture saturated with self-seeking can read and feel compelled by.

Real Love Is A Choice – Seth Adam Smith, The Huffington Post

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Now, not taking away anything from Mr Smith’s wisdom, I feel like I’ve heard this stuff before.  I don’t know what he believes but I like what I read.  If you like what you read and think it’s new than we need to be careful that we’re not like Columbus ‘discovering’ the Americas.  Many people have been living here for a long time.  There is an ideal of love that is not based on what we get but what we give.  And there is an ideal of marriage which is about giving oneself to another and not seeking our own fulfillment.

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It’s almost as though we could use an ancient moral tradition which has been teaching this all along…

Prayer for Winnipeg the Beautiful

This is Winnipeg at night.  Photo was taken from orbit by Cdr Chris Hadfield.

This is Winnipeg at night. Photo was taken from orbit by Cdr Chris Hadfield.

Today is Election Day in our city.  New trustees, new counsellors, and a new mayor – we will have all these by the end of the day.  I won’t endorse a particular candidate but let everyone be encouraged to vote.  But even voting is not demanded of us by explicit command in Scripture.  But there is one thing that is:  Prayer.

Prayer for our leaders and prayer for our city.  Praying for secular leaders is very clearly commanded in the Bible:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  1 Tim 2:1-2 ESV

We don’t know who our leaders will be by the end of the day.  But God is in control and we need to pray for Him to give them guidance and wisdom.  They are, in a sense, our ministers for the common good.  It’s a tough job surely and they need our prayers.

Also we need to pray for our city:

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.  Jeremiah 29:7 ESV

This command isn’t directly given to Christian people in Winnipeg.  Context shouldn’t be ignored.  But it is parallel enough to our situation that we ought to receive encouragement to do likewise.  Jeremiah wrote this to exiled Israel in Babylon, who were tempted to ignore, retreat from, resent, or otherwise not participate with the culture/city around them.  They are instead encouraged to become involved and pray.  Pray for the good of everyone.

On Election Day this comes even more sharply into focus.  So vote wisely and from an informed place.  And most importantly pray.  Pray for God to place the right leaders into office.  Pray that they may be given wisdom.  Pray for the flourishing and prosperity of Winnipeg to grow and grow.  Pray for peace for everyone and the tearing down of divisions between us.  Pray especially for the most vulnerable communities and individuals among us.  Pray that God’s people would continue to serve and be a blessing to our communities.  Pray that we could participate in public life for the good of all.  Pray for God’s abundant blessing on all our neighbours.

What Happens When We Want the Fruit but Chop the Roots of the Tree?

Last week , I wrote a summary of French atheist Luc Ferry’s acknowledgement of what Christianity has given to the world.  It was refreshing to read an atheist’s acknowledgement of what would be otherwise be unthinkable in the world of ideas if it were not for Christianity:  the universal equality of all persons, and the true democracy and foundation of human rights which flow from that.  And it was commendable on the author’s part.

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I closed with this:  “It is commendable that an atheist philosopher can acknowledge how much we owe the Christian worldview.  But it leaves us with a lingering question.  Doubtless, anyone living in the West enjoys a culture that has received these gifts.  But…   Will we be able to stay in possession of these gifts (the equal dignity and worth of all human beings, for example) when we have refused the Giver?”

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In other words, can we continue to receive nutrition from the fruit after we have hacked away the roots of the tree? What will happen to our civilization if we do?

The Resurrection, El Greco, 1584

The Resurrection, El Greco, 1584

Someone has provided an answer:

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…we know now that the modern world is coming to an end …at the same time the unbeliever will emerge from the fogs of secularism.  He will cease to reap the benefit from the values and forces developed by the very Revelation he denies…  Loneliness in faith will be terrible.  Love will disappear from the face of the public world, but the more precious will be that love which flows from one lonely person to another …the world to come will be filled with animosity and danger, but it will be a world open and clean…  Romano Guardini (1885-1968) from The Lord 
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That right there, is a prophecy.

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