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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Murder of a gay man in Uganda

News has just arrived of the murder of Uganda's leading gay activist.

I have long been a "moderate" on the subject of homosexuality and its place in the order of creation, but this strikes me as a watershed event for the Christian church, especially for evangelicals. Regardless of whether the motive was actually robbery, regardless of the exact role played by a group of visiting American evangelicals in Uganda, regardless of the disclaimers issued by various spokesmen from the churches of Uganda, regardless of the factor of gays' names and faces being published in a Ugandan paper, commmitted Christians everywhere need to demand that our brothers in Christ, the leaders of evangelical Christianity in Uganda (and elsewhere), must make it absolutely clear that persecution, oppression, and defamation of one's fellow human beings, not to mention murder, are abominations in the sight of God. No matter where one stands on the question of same-sex marriage and all the issues associated with it, there can be no half-heartedness on this matter, no holding back, no temporizing.

The integrity and authority of the gospel is at stake here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The last Christians in an Iraqi town

This seems somehow like one of the saddest stories of the new decade:

Monday, January 17, 2011

He died for me

There is a sermon in here somewhere. An article in the New York Times principally focuses on the improving condition of Congresswoman Giffords, but it ends with this keeper:

The story of Mr. Stoddard, mourned at the day’s other funeral, has become part of the tragedy’s lore. When the gunfire erupted, Mr. Stoddard knocked down his wife, Mavy, and threw his body on top of hers to protect her. Mrs. Stoddard was shot three times in the leg but was released from the hospital last week.
As the service was about to end, Mrs. Stoddard went to the microphone, wearing a red jacket and sitting in a wheelchair. Her hands shaking but her voice strong and firm, she said: “I am the woman who was married to this man. He loved God, and he loved me, and spoiled me rotten.”
A wave of laughter went through the audience. “The journey will be very, very difficult, but he died for me, and I must live for him,” she said.
“I will survive,” she added. “We will not let that gunman take that away.”