The cover of the March 2017 edition of TIME magazine reads, “Beyond he or she – How a new generation is redefining the meaning of gender.”
The TIME article says,
“A growing number of young people are moving beyond the idea that we live in a world where sexuality and gender come in only two forms.”
With Bruce Jenner famously having surgery to become Caitlyn Jenner, the notion and novelty of transgender or gender fluidity has gained much more traction.
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William Tyndale grew up in England in the 1500’s. Back then ordinary people did not own Bibles; they had to go to church to hear what the Bible had to say. The church, at the time, believed that only the Pope and priests were educated enough to understand and interpret the Bible. But there was a problem, the only version of the Bible tolerated in England was Jerome’s Latin translation which dated back to the 4th century and most of the priests could not understand Latin.
William Tyndale felt that God was calling him to translate the Bible into English so that all people, ordinary people, could read it for themselves. God had given William a gift for languages and graduating from Oxford University he had mastered seven languages including Hebrew and Greek, the original languages of the Bible. However, translating the Bible was against the law.
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Many people today claim to hear or speak words that come from God. From those who hear God speaking to them in a “still, small voice” to the preachers on TV claiming to have a new revelation from God. A friend of mine has recently given me a copy of a new book called “The Little Blood Soaked Book” that has been printed in South Africa. The author claims God took her into the Garden of Eden and revealed to her a new message for the world. How do we hear God’s words?, is a very relevant question.
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The release of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey has caused quite a stir. Porn is now masqueraded as the sexual empowerment of women. Has the world finally gone crazy? A recent TIME magazine article reminded readers that while this movie ventures into the realms of bondage, sadomasochism and female degradation, more and more newspaper headlines concern sexual violence directed towards young women. “The Hunting Game”, a documentary about campus rape is soon to be released. There is an ever-growing list of accusations against rich older men who take sexual advantage of women who are subordinates1. Just watch the news.
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When I was a teenager (many, many years ago), I was often told in our youth group how important and essential a regular “Quiet Time” was. A QT was a time when you were quiet, by yourself and with a Bible. You read the Bible, you thought about what you read and then you prayed. You did that often. It was a Christian habit, whether you felt like it or not. Our youth leader often asked us, “How’s your QT going?”
Very seldom today do I hear the same note of urgency, value and importance of regular devotion times.
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The terror attacks in France, like the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, have disgusted us all. Radical Muslims, who believe that Allah is the one true God and that Muhammad is his prophet, have done terrible things in Allah’s name. Masked gunmen methodically killed twelve people, including a newspaper’s editor, as they shouted “Allahu akbar!” Are Muslims correct in their view of Allah that he is the one true God and Mohammed is his supreme Prophet? Or are Christians correct when they assert that the God of the Bible is the one true God and he has revealed himself through Jesus?
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The title of this post is somewhat naughty, almost like the question, “Does God believe in atheists?” By “Calvinist” I mean someone who follows the teachings of John Calvin. The name John Calvin is a swear word to many, but I hope to show you that Calvin’s theology should be our theology because it was a biblical theology, indeed the theology of Jesus Christ himself.
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