In Case You Missed It

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against states’ rights to ban same-sex marriage. The online coverage and commentary, of course, was extensive. Here are a few of the more helpful pieces we read:

1)  At SCOTUS blog, Amy Howe explained the case and the questions before the court in plain English. A helpful post for you to understand the arguments and potential rulings.

2) Al Mohler discussed the foreboding language of the U.S. Solicitor General on religious liberty “issues” related to those who oppose same-sex marriage.

3) On Tuesday–the day of the Supreme Court hearing–Russ Moore offered his reflections on and prayers for the Supreme Court and the U.S. 

We read many other good pieces this week. Here are just a couple that caught our eye:

4) From the Federalist, former transgender man Walt Heyer argues that Bruce Jenner should try to change his mind, not the world.

5) At SEND Network, Ryan West describes the hope many Southern Baptist churches seek to bring to Baltimore in the midst of recent riots and unrest.

In Case You Missed It

1) Danny Akin reflected on his hopes, dreams, and efforts for reconciliation after watching “Selma.”

2) At SEND Network, Josh King describes the worthwhile difficulties of church revitalization.

3) Ed Stetzer interviews SEBTS prof and Pastor of Imago Dei Church Tony Merida about his new book, Ordinary.

4) From Think Theology, Andrew Wilson provides a good list of tips on proper (or loving) Twitter use.

5) At Public Discourse, the blog of the Witherspoon Institute, Katy Faust–daughter of a gay parent–writes an open letter to Supreme Court Justice Kennedy. She winsomely argues that the redefinition of marriage will, in fact, harm children.

Bruce Ashford on God’s Mission and The Incarnation of His Son

Over at the SEND Network, Bruce Ashford, Provost and Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern, recently published an article on God’s Mission and The Incarnation of His Son. It’s well worth pointing out to you (and not just because he’s the Provost) since we are fast approaching Christmas.

Here’s an excerpt:

Through Jesus, God signaled the launching of his plan to redeem worshipers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation, and his intention to resurrect the universe. Jesus undertook his ministry with both words and deeds. Through his words, he taught the need to be saved (John 3). Through his miracles, he taught that he was God and that the salvation he would bring would eventually overcome all forms of evil and pain. When he was crucified, he paid for the sins of we who are sinners, and with his resurrection, he sealed that sin payment forever. He also launched the great salvation which will eventually resurrect not only the bodies of believers but also this universe in which believers will live with him eternally.

Read the full post here.