Posts in Ethics

Theology of the Body and Sexual Harm

By John McKinley Oct. 9, 2013 12:01 a.m. Theology, Ethics, Marriage and Family

“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body” (1 Cor 6:18 NASB).

Why is sexual sin singled out as uniquely damaging to the body in a way that other physical actions are not? Substance abuse, gluttony, cutting—these are all harmful acts to the body, but they do not do what sexual misconduct does, according to Paul. Typical responses from students to explain this exception are that sex involves the whole person, or maybe because it involves someone else. The same could be said for illegal drug use, so there must be something more.

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Cheating in Sports and Life, Part Two

By John McKinley Jun. 28, 2013 6:00 a.m. Theology, Church Life, Culture, Ethics

In response to the ongoing revelations of widespread cheating in professional sports, my earlier blog explored the idea of cheating as compared to New Testament ethics. So much for why athletes should not cheat, and what they should pursue instead. The doping problems in sport raise another question: what is someone responsible to do when she becomes aware of others' cheating? This question extends beyond sport to daily life evils that are preventable if someone in our lives would just speak up once in a while.

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Cheating in Sports and Life, Part One

By John McKinley Jun. 25, 2013 9:31 a.m. Theology, Church Life, Culture, Ethics

Slowly, more top professional cyclists that were rivals of Lance Armstrong are mumbling confessions of the same carefully-worded sort that Lance released last January.  Some have been coerced by teams or government inquiries (as with the handful of Americans who testified to their own doping as part of implicating Lance Armstrong). The latest is Jan Ullrich, the German cyclist who placed second to Lance three times in the Tour de France. Like many others, Ullrich used the same worn out excuse that “everybody was doing it,” and that his joining the “medical program” was just a way to play on a level field. What are we to think of these things?

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Resume Red Flags: How to Read a Ministry Resume for All Its Worth

By Ben Shin Mar. 29, 2013 12:24 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Looking over a resume in order to hire a person for ministry can be trickier than one realizes at first. This is especially true because they typically want to give the benefit of the doubt to one’s accomplishments and experiences as listed on a resume. However, it has been the experience of this writer that what is often listed on a resume may not actually be the truth. There are those who like to “stretch” the information or possibly “embellish” the facts to point in favor of the applicant. Then there are those who just flat out lie about who they really are and what they’ve done. This blog will highlight some clues or signs of “red flags” that may show up in ministry resumes. 

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The anti-Trinity

By Thaddeus Williams Feb. 1, 2013 12:49 p.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ethics, Evangelism, Spiritual Formation

Jesus prayed for His church to form a kind of angled mirror, bonded together with the kind of love that directs the world’s gaze upward to behold the Triune God of love (Jn. 17:11-24). Are we reflecting the Triune God clearly, or do our churches often form more of a cracked mirror, fragmented shards with animosities and apathies caked like mud, refracting little light from above? Dr. Williams explores one reason we may often fail to reflect the Trinity, namely, the lack of a robust doctrine of "the anti-Trinity."

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Don’t “Call Me Maybe”

By Kenneth Berding Jan. 15, 2013 2:26 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Culture, Ethics, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

One of the top pop songs of 2012 was Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”  Its catchy tune worked its way into millions of ears and stayed there; it was a classic “ear worm.”  Even those of us who don’t listen to pop music were vexed by how difficult it was to get this song out of our thoughts.

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The “Son of God” Translation Controversy and a Few Helpful Comments by D. A. Carson

By Kenneth Berding Nov. 20, 2012 11:24 a.m. Theology, Apologetics, Ethics, Evangelism, Missions, New Testament, Old Testament

I just returned from the Evangelical Theological Society annual meetings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I picked up a copy of D. A. Carson’s new little book, Jesus the Son of God: A Christological Title Often Overlooked, Sometimes Misunderstood, and Currently Disputed (Crossway).  On the taxi ride from the airport to the conference, I briefly tried to share the Lord with a taxi driver named Hassan.  We were about a minute into the conversation when Hassan commented rather ardently, “We Muslims believe that Jesus is a prophet, and not the son of God.”  I explained to him that Christians don’t believe that God had physical relations with Mary that led to her pregnancy, as many Muslims assume and consider blasphemous.  The problem for dialogue with Muslims like Hassan is that many Muslims think that is precisely what we Christians mean when we use the expression “Son of God” in reference to Jesus—which, of course, we don’t.  So what if you were a Bible translator in a Muslim country and knew that many of your readers would make the same assumption that Hassan did about the expression “Son of God”?  Perhaps you should change the words “Son of God” to something else that is proximate in meaning but less offensive.  Or maybe you shouldn’t…

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