Engaging the Issues: What is the Meaning of Sex? – Denny Burk

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Is sex, in all its multi-faceted glory nothing more than a state of mind? Many in our society are beginning to answer yes. They are saying that regardless of gender or biology that sex is nothing more than what you decide. Denny Burk joins us to explain why sex, everything from our gender, biology, role, and even the physical act, was designed to bring glory to God.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Great Commission Politics: Blessed is the Nation Whose God is the Lord

Grace Baptist ChurchBy Pastor Jason Powell

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12

It is amazing in a time of such frustration for our country’s well being that people still do not see the true reason for our issues. Psalm 33:12 is plain in saying that the nation whose God is the Lord is blessed. When we look at those words we must understand that the Psalmist is stating in no uncertain terms that God blesses those who revere Him and who choose to serve Him.

Many of the issues that we face as Americans are due to the depraved spiritual condition that the United States is suffering from. When we think of being spiritual we no longer think of God as most Christians would, there is now a sense of many gods and other forms of spiritual well being. But this idea has ruined what America was founded on and it has caused the depraved state we are in.

If we look closer to our country at the family level we have to discern the patterns that come from the family. I am not saying that a Christian family is better off or faces fewer problems. But if we look at the Christian family there is something for them spiritually if things are going wrong. They serve a risen Savior and a God that has an intimate relationship with them that they can lean on in times of duress and in times of joy. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

What a Little Mouse Can Teach Us About God’s Image in Transgender People

Thomas Lobel and his parents

Thomas Lobel and his parents.

I was watching a cartoon with my kids the other night that presented sound arguments against sex-change operations and the transgender lifestyle.

Of course it wasn’t anything overt or obvious and my kids never made the connection. We watched three mice talking as two of them asked why the third was acting funny. The third mouse said to call her “jumbo” because she had decided she no longer wanted to be a mouse and was now going to be an elephant.

The other two mice looked puzzled and asked why their friend wanted to be an elephant. She proceeded to tell them she was unhappy being a tiny mouse and wanted to be something bigger and had decided to be an elephant. She then said she would make a trunk and worked to fashion a long sock as a trunk. The little mouse was quickly disappointed as the sock didn’t actually work or function as a trunk…and didn’t even really look like one. The little mouse became further frustrated because she was still small and there wasn’t much she could do to change her size.

Her friends did the most intolerant, bigoted, and uncool thing possible by encouraging the mouse to be proud of who she really was and not try to change her appearance. I mean, how awful are her friends?

And yet the connection is easy to see. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Pastors Being Investigated by Local School

Three local pastors are being investigated by a school district for possible violations of school policy while they were volunteering as cafeteria supervisors. The pastors are accused of proselytizing and recruiting kids to go to their churches. The school principal says there has not been a single report of such activity by the pastors, but has decided to get outside help in investigating the situation. Some have called the presence of pastors in the school “creepy,” while others don’t think they should be discriminated against based on their occupation. A recent article quotes the principal:

“I have not had a single report of any of our volunteers proselytizing or recruiting students on campus. However, we are taking the concerns brought forward seriously. To ensure that volunteers in our school have been complying with all district policies, we will be having a non-district employee talk with students, staff and parents for the purpose of fact-finding and determining if anyone has violated our policy.” It’s telling when a school needs a policy that obviously prohibits talking about church and God within a school. Our Founders once legislated that Bibles and biblical training should be part of every level of education. That is obviously not the case today. Click here for original article.

 

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Senate Chaplain Asks God to Forgive “Stubborn Pride” of Senators

Not many people have the chance to tell their senator their are full of stubborn pride. Fewer still have the chance to address the entire Senate and make such remarks. But the senate chaplain recently prayed a prayer acknowledging the “stubborn pride” of the Senate, among other things. Part of Chaplain Black’s prayer said: “We acknowledge our transgressions, our shortcomings, our smugness, our selfishness and our pride. Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable.”

The stinging rebuke is just one of many from the chaplain that believes the government is playing a dangerous game. But it underscores the fact that prayer has always been a part of this nation since the Founders first sought God’s guidance in establishing our laws and country. The Founder’s regularly prayed for God to give wisdom and guidance in the discharge of their duties and believed not seeking God was a misstep. While we as citizens should pray frequently for our lawmakers, we should also seek to elect men of character that recognize the essential need for divine wisdom in leading our country. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Teen Atheist Upset She Wasn’t Invited to Help Dedicate Secular Mural

The Blaze: “Remember Jessica Ahlquist, the teen atheist who successfully fought for the removal of a prayer mural that was once hung in her high school in Cranston, R.I.? A judge eventually ruled in the student’s favor, mandating that the sign be taken down, as it was dubbed a violation of the separation of church and state…Causing local and national controversy, Ahlquist claimed that its presence was offensive to non-Christians and that it violated her civil rights. The lawsuit she initiated led to intense sparring over the separation of church and state. As a result, the teen faced threats and became a key figure in the never-ending cultural battle surrounding faith in the public square.”

There’s two key points regarding this article. One, the new mural is one that is so secular and arbitrary that it’s hard to find any direction from it. Sort of like a secular society that tries to derive truth from itself rather than a transcendent source such as God. Two, this poor girl, Jessica Ahlquist seems genuinely surprised that she was not invited to the closed door unveiling of the new mural. She has not yet figured out that she is just a pawn being used to further a godless agenda of secularism. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Can God Be an Idol? Not in a School Room

God in classroomGod told His people “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Ex. 20:3) For Christians this means guarding against having any other “idol” in our lives. An idol is anything that displaces God as the primary focus and passion of our lives. With this in mind imagine being a Christian and being asked to write about an “idol” in your life.

When a 10-year-old girl in Tennessee was asked to write about an idol in her life for a school project she decided to write about God. As a Christian it only makes sense to place God as the Supreme person of our affections and writing about God as her idol was a proper way to complete the assignment. She wrote:

“I love [God] and Jesus, and Jesus is His earthly son. I also love Jesus. God is my idol, I will never hate him. He will always be the number one person I look up to.”

This is an excellent completion of the assignment by any reasonable standards. But reason was not involved when a teacher told the girl she could not write about God, had to redo the assignment, and had to take her original completed assignment home because it could not remain on school property. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Why Transgender People Remain Unhappy

transgender signsHave you noticed all the conversations surrounding transgender people lately? It’s not surprising. After all, the “T” in LGBT does stand for transgender. It was only a matter of time before the issue came to the front of cultural discussions.

What is surprising is the lack of perspective on the topic. It’s as if people assume their body is little more than a machine that can be manipulated to agree with a perceived gender identity. Supposedly, once achieved, all will be right and happiness will once again be attainable.

Nancy Pearcey recently came onto our podcast to talk about this very subject. Prof. Pearcey explained how our body is more than a machine to be tampered with at whim and will, but is in fact part of our person. She said that transgender people have, more than anything else, a self-image problem and that the transgender movement is one that denigrates the human body, treating it as irrelevant to who a person truly is.

Dr. Russell Moore wrote an article not long ago in which he said the transgender issues is about more than just sex. He said it’s about understanding purpose of the human body.

“As conservative Christians, we do not see transgendered persons as ‘freaks’ to be despised or ridiculed. We acknowledge that there are some persons who feel alienated from their identities as men or as women…But we don’t believe this alienation can be solved by pretending as though we have Pharaoh-like dominion over our maleness or femaleness. These categories we believe (along with every civilization before us) are about more than just self-construction, and they can’t be eradicated by a change of clothes or chemical tinkering or a surgeon’s knife, much less by an arbitrary announcement in the high school gym.” [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Remembering 9/11: The Ground Zero Cross

Joe Carter, writing at The Gospel Coalition has penned an article in his “9 Things You Should Know” series all about the attacks of 9/11. It is an interesting account of facts from that day and the days following. At the end of his article he shares the video posted below, which is all about the Ground Zero Cross. It is well worth watching as we remember that even at our darkest times, the times we wonder where God is at, that God is still the Sovereign Lord of this world. It serves us well to reflect on His goodness and remember that He loves all people. Click here for original article. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

A (Church) Sign of the Times

Church Sign WelcomeA sign at a local church in my area read “all welcome, no one turned away.”  As my sometimes over-analytical mind began to kick in I sought to understand what this church was attempting to communicate.  I’ve been in church for over 47 years, been a believer in Jesus Christ for 43 years and have served in full-time ministry for 37 years and this is the first time the thought that folks would not be welcome in a house of worship came into consideration.

In my experience, churches have always welcomed the community with open doors and arms. After all, the opportunity to present the Gospel to “all the world” is the very purpose for which the church exists today!  So as I thought about the church sign I wondered to myself, “are there those who are NOT welcomed in our churches today or, is that a perception present among some in today’s culture?”

Without a doubt, the church is facing some cultural realities which will not only press us with regard to our system of belief but, will challenge us on how we are going to respond to those realities.  The issue of marriage is certainly front and center of the cultural debate.  While there are faith communities who have flung open the doors to same-sex unions where does that leave those who have chosen not to do so?  [Read more...]