Much has been written about the relationship between postmodern thought and the problem of uncertainty in the church. We might infer from this that the church didn’t have this kind of problem in the good-old-days of modernity. While revisiting the J. I. Packer’s God Has Spoken (released in 1965), I was reminded that the problem of uncertainty is not unique to today’s church:
Yesterday, I looked at the historical background of the debate among Christian theologians and argued the following points from Scripture: (1) The triune God is truth because God is ultimate reality. (2) The sanctity of the triune God constitutes the sanctity of truth. (3) Satan and his “offspring,” in contrast, foist deception and are characterized as liars from the beginning. (4) Consistently throughout Scripture lying is a sign of ungodliness while speaking truth is a sign of holiness. (5) God’s people, as God himself, are to be characterized by truth.
A daily scan of the headlines suggests we live in a culture permeated by lies and delusion. Confronting such a prevailing culture is daunting and forces us to reflect on a number of ethical questions. For example, is it always wrong to lie? What standards of truth must we adhere to? As Christians we claim to submit to higher ethical ideals, but how do we live out these ideals in a tangible, consistent way?
Last week marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. According to the National Right to Life Committee, more than 50 million abortions have occurred in the US since the landmark ruling. For many of us not yet forty it’s difficult to contemplate that number without a sense of wistful loss for what might have been. The milestone anniversary prompted a number of articles, blog posts, and media pieces providing retrospect and prospect on the issue of abortion in America. Of the many that I read, both for and against, one in particular has stuck with me. Mary Elizabeth Williams, a staff writer for Salon, wrote a piece entitled “So What If Abortion Ends a Life?” In it she provides a brutally honest yet deeply disturbing personal assessment of abortion.
Recently, Dr. Daniel Davey went to a local university to participate in a lunch organized by a Christian student union. Dr. Davey had a few minutes to formally address the 30 students about the unique training opportunities that CBTS Virginia Beach provides those who want to preach the Word. After speaking, we stood at our table and talked with any students who wanted to talk.