For Chuck Colson, Truth Was Truth

Chuck Colson (1931-2012)

The recently deceased Chuck Colson was among the first heavyweight evangelicals to speak out against the emerging church movement, in this 2006 column in Christianity Today, “Emerging Confusion“:

For evangelicalism (let alone emerging churches) to buy into that would undermine the very foundation of our faith. Theologian Donald A. Carson puts his finger precisely on the epistemological problem: Of course, truth is relational, Carson writes. But before it can be relational, it has to be understood as objective. Truth is truth. It is, in short, ultimate reality. Fortunately, Jim came to see this.

The emerging church can offer a healthy corrective if it encourages us to more winsomely draw postmodern seekers to Christ wherever we find them—including coffee houses and pubs. And yes, worship styles need to be more inviting, and the strength of relationship and community experienced. But these must not deter us from making a solid apologetic defense of the knowability of truth.

Ah, yes, “truth is truth.” The world will miss that airtight logic.

I responded to Colson’s column at Out of Ur:

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Denver Post Declares Emergent Church UnDead

Highlands Church in Denver, prides itself on accepting anyone and everyone, whether they are married, divorced, single, conservative, liberal, gay, straight or bisexual. "(This movement) is just disentangled from the belief that 'if you take the Bible seriously, you have to be a Republican,' " says the Rev. Mark Tidd, pastor of Highlands Church. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

From a Denver Post article on the (not-dead-yet) emergent church:

For a rising tide of the righteous young, faith is more about doing right than being right, including being politically “Right.”

This growing representation of young Christians — who either formerly or currently identify with aspects of evangelicalism — are drifting away, and sometimes divorcing themselves from the conservative politics handed down to them by their generational predecessors.

Frequently discussed in the past decade, but often dismissed as a temporary wave of angst, the metamorphosis of this Christian movement has been subtle but strong. What surfaced at the dawn of the 21st century as an amorphous dialogue of questioning, has gradually organized and established itself as a cultural game-changer, now reaching a level of political relevance.

Read the rest: Younger Colorado voters are united by faith, but divided by politics – The Denver Post.

Holding Hands Is a Gateway to Sex in Tennessee

The Tennessee Legislature has update their abstinence-only education bill. Public school teachers will now warn students that holding hands and kissing are gateways to sexual activity.

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Tennessee senators approved an update to the state’s abstinence-based sex education law that includes warnings against “gateway sexual activity.”

In a new family life instructions bill, holding hands and kissing could be considered gateways to sex.  Planned Parenthood said that allowing state government to define local sex education curriculum could backfire.

via Bill would define holding hands, kissing as “gateway sexual acti – Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee.

Rest Easy. Bristol Isn’t Living with her Boyfriend

Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin blogs here at Patheos. You knew that, right? So, she and I are, like, colleagues. I cannot wait to see Bristol and Scot McKnight yucking it up at the office Christmas party.

This week, she took to the blog to put some rumors to rest:

In fact, you may have even recently heard rumors I’m living with my boyfriend.  As that gossip spread a couple of weeks ago, people all over America were applauding me for –finally! – coming to my senses and abandoning my no-sex-until-marriage policy.  Others are saying that me shacking up with my boyfriend is the height of hypocrisy.

Here’s the thing.  It’s not true. As I mentioned before, I recently bought a home across the lake from my parents’ house.  While it’s under renovation, I’m actually living in an apartment on their property.  Rest assured — there’s no way on earth my mom and dad would allow a guy to spend the night here with me.

via Bristol Palin —.