Hi Five Oakers, The weekend is almost here and there are a few things I want to share with you:
The Weekend Sermon
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William Doino Jr. on "Joy in Chastity: A Review of The Thrill of the Chaste"
Chastity—not to be confused with celibacy, as it often is—means a total commitment to Christ, and self-mastery over one’s desires, whether one is single or married, female or male, religious or secular. It means leading a life of virtue and sacrifice, in charity and gratitude, for the glory of God. ...Eden describes God’s design for human sexuality, why sex is reserved for marriage, the importance of modesty, how singles struggling with loneliness and unrequited love can empower themselves through prayer and the sacraments, and why shared values with one’s spouse are so vital for a successful marriage.
Elizabeth Dias on "How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage"
Plus, Moore says, for evangelicals to keep views that are out-of-step with societal changes is par for the course. “We believe even stranger things than that,” he says. “We believe a previously dead man is going to arrive in the sky on a horse.”
One More Thing
“The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians’ will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence.”