“With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:4-5
Near the Muskoka cottage where we spent our childhood summers, there was a spot along the river known simply as “the rapids.” Wide eyed and terrified, we were seldom allowed even a dip of our toes into the raging current. Stories of young adults swept into the whirlpools and never seen again were more than adequate to keep our little feet high on the rocks and out of the whitewater. If you got too close, if you somehow slipped, you could easily be washed away, never to be seen again.
This is not a post to reprove the reprobate masses, which at this point would clearly be “pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). My goal here is a breath of biblical oxygen for people still fighting the deluge of dissipation and debauchery trending constantly in our culture. Let me prayerfully attempt 5 Bruce Jenner Facts—for pastors preparing to preach and ministry leaders forced to converse on what the media pressures us all to think about.
1) Bruce Jenner is a man.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
A man has physical characteristics. Back in 1976 many of us saw him run, jump, and throw at a world-class level, winning Olympic gold in the decathlon. He may be a hurting, frustrated, confused man, but he is still a man. He can amputate his genitals and amplify his estrogen, put on a dress, paint his face, and wear hair extensions. But just as kids going door to door on halloween are not actually witches and warlocks, Bruce Jenner is not a woman simply because he has worked hard to look like one. If I had a surgeon attach a long gray hose to the center of my face and hang wide gray, leafy lobes from the sides of my head, I would not be an elephant. Ask a healthy heterosexual man if he could ever be sexually intimate with Bruce Jenner—not one will say yes, not one. He is a man, not a woman. Read More
May 01, 2015
We’re in the last week of our Risen for the Nations tour . . . and your prayers have meant so much to us. We are changed forever by what we have experienced and seen.
We’ve spent our final leg in Haiti, with a tremendously encouraging visit to our Harvest Bible Chapel in Jacmel, and their life-impacting ministries.
With an orphanage, children’s homes, a school with some 1600 beautiful students, a worshiping body of 1000, and hundreds of people who have come to know Christ through their church, God is doing an awesome work there. Read More
April 24, 2015
Did you know that some of the highest quality tea in the world is grown in Kenya? To make such quality tea, they harvest only the bud and top leaf from each tea plant. For that reason the leaves must be harvested by hand, one at a time. Thousands of people can be seen across the seemingly endless hillside fields, carefully picking the leaves one by one by one. Many of the people at our new Harvest Bible Chapel in Limuru, Kenya (20 miles outside of Nairobi), work in these tea fields. Read More
April 17, 2015
Hey friends: It’s starting to become a very long trip. We are missing family and deeply grateful for your prayers. My health recovered quickly as well as my voice, and I am back to preaching, for which I am thankful. Read More
April 16, 2015
Back in the spring of 2011, I made the regrettable decision to publish a blog post entitled, “Congregational Government is From Satan.” Initially the post was inflammatory to get attention, but in the end it was judged as unbalanced and therefore unfair. In that sense, the danger of hyperbole was realized. That post was removed long ago, but its negative impact continues to linger. This post is for the purpose of apologizing and explaining how I have come to regret it. Read More
April 11, 2015
What do you want from your sermon at the end of the day? Vertical Church preaching is all about the expectation that God blesses the unapologetic, Spirit-dependent heralding of His Word—but is there more a preacher can do to be effective? Beyond the requisite faithfulness to Christ and His Word, can a preacher do more to amplify the sermon’s impact? Read More