Responding Meaningfully to Same-Sex Issues … and more!

Hey TD!

Tomorrow, we will unveil our important summer series, and you need to be there!  One of the things we’ll address is what we Christians need to do to meaningfully respond to same-sex issues.  And the answer may surprise you.

As a ramp up to our time together tomorrow, I would like to encourage you to intently re-listen to the message I gave at the TD Banquet – “Magnify.” (mp3 – Arthur)  It is an important message that we’re going to need to internalize and act on if we’re going to impact our culture like we’re called to do, but unfortunately aren’t.

I look forward to meeting with you tomorrow! – Arthur

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A Thought in the Wake of the Same-Sex Ruling

Hey TD,

Just a quick thought this morning.  This is my version of a tweet :):

The issue of same-sex unions has very rapidly emerged as THE social issue of our day, and it has sent Christians into a confusing tail spin.  Yesterday’s Supreme Court Decision continues to illustrate our fundamental problem – that we humans made in the image of God are always striving to usurp God’s authority, striving to be co-regents with Him.  That’s how the Fall began humanity’s history-long downward spiritual spiral, resisting God’s rightful rule over HIS creation. That’s not love.

Thanks be to God, however, that there has been one Person in history who has succeeded in resisting the tsunami of history’s current in actually loving God enough to listen to Him, trust Him, and obey Him.  No other person in human history on his/her own has ever done so.  He proved that indeed, True Love wins; and He offers the power of that love to us (now that’s love). His love is complete, offering complete forgiveness for our treachery, new Ultimate citizenship, new God-loving and people-loving compassion and clarity, empowerment for a new life direction of love, a new destination, and a new Spirit in our lives that will learn how to authentically love God and love our neighbors – finally! – with a True, Higher, Sustainable love that will last beyond this lifetime, both for us and potentially for those we love.

TD, it’s time to receive that love wholly, deploy it resolutely, and live it out graciously and generously in the Spirit and Name of True Love Himself – Jesus Christ.

“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.”  1 John 4:13-19

– Arthur