Monday Faith Links: Same-Sex Marriage, Rob Bell, Contemporary Worship

I’ve looked pretty hard, but I haven’t been able to find one article that really stands out from the past week to make my lead.

N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo, far right (Reuters).

The biggest issue from the past week was, in my view, the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York. So, rather than giving a long intro with my thoughts – suffice it to say I disagree with the law – I’m just going to give some links to a few different responses to the issue. After that I link out to some other interesting stories.

So, here’s some to the New York same-sex marriage law:

  • Christianity Today gives an objective overview of the events leading up to the law’s passage.
  • Al Mohler says the vote changed the moral map of America.
  • Karen Zacharias – I’m not endorsing her view, just linking to it – includes this statement in her response: “I think Gay people are going to finally figure out what the rest of us have known for a long time: It’s not getting married that’s the problem. It’s figuring out how to stay married.”
  • The Christian Post puts the vote in the context that it makes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a top name for the Democratic Presidential nod in 2016.
  • And the New York Times reports that the Catholic archbishop of New York views gay marriage as a threat.

I was hoping for some more heavyweights to weigh in on this specific vote, but I couldn’t find anything from the likes of Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll or even John Piper related to it. Hopefully they’ll give their perspectives on the topic soon.

Other Links

  • Christianity Today provides an update on how some PCUSA churches are approaching the recent decision to allow gay ordination. For the record, my church – First Presbyterian in Lakeland – is one of the churches that voted against the PCUSA measure and is weighing the same options that are mentioned in the article.
  • Phil Johnson provides yet another postscript to the Rob Bell firestorm of a couple of months ago. His question: Did conservative Christians overreact and appear to be disorganized in their response to Bell’s book?
  • D.H. Williams of Christianity Today looks at how contemporary services may be preaching to the lowest common denominator rather than pushing their congregations to a deeper knowledge and desire.
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