China may be reconsidering its one-child policy, with its forced abortions and vast array of unintended consequences. William Wan writes in the Washington Post about the impact of the policy on parents whose one child has died. [Read more…]
Now that we have changed marriage so that people of the same sex can marry, there are all kinds of other ways we might tinker with the institution. Attorney Paul Rampell, writing in the Washington Post, says that we need to recognize that marriages, like other legal partnerships, often do not last a lifetime. So he proposes that marital contracts be developed along the line of leases. That is, a marriage would be negotiated for a particular period of time, with an option for renewal. [Read more…]
Great Britain has approved a in-vitro-fertilization technique that conceives babies using genetic material from three different parents. (If I’m sorting it out correctly, it will take one father and two different mothers, with the destruction of one embryo being used for spare parts.) [Read more…]
As my daughter pointed out, churches have been violating God’s design for marriage long before gay marriage became an issue, what with our easy tolerance of divorce, remarriage, and other anti-Biblical practices. Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (who, as per our earlier discussions, was identified as one of those Lutheran-leaning Baptists!), makes the same point and sees a possible silver lining in the gay marriage juggernaut. [Read more…]
The Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage for the purposes of the federal government as being between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. The court also let stand, on what seem to be narrow grounds, a lower court ruling that threw out as unconstitutional the California referendum in which voters rejected gay marriage.
The court said that those who appealed the ruling lacked standing to file the suit, saying nothing about the general validity of state gay marriage bans. But if opposition to gay marriage is unconstitutional both for the federal government and for state government, then it looks like same-sex marriage is going to be the law of the land. [Read more…]
Are you familiar with Doxology, the Lutheran institute on pastoral care (as well as care for pastors)? Led by Rev. Harold Senkbeil (who has written widely on Christian spirituality and who has applied it very effectively as a pastor) and Dr. Beverly Yahnke (the most brilliant and the most reliable Christian psychologist I have ever come across), it is a tremendous resource.
Well, Doxology is hosting a conference on what may become the biggest pastoral issue of our time: Speaking the Truth in Love: A Compassionate Response to Same Sex Attraction and Same Sex Marriage [Read more…]