Interview for the NEXT Conference

In a couple of weeks on April 17-18, 2015 I will be going to Atlantic Canada for the NEXT children’s ministry conference! NEXT is for anyone who serves in children’s ministry, particularly volunteer leaders. The win of NEXT is you go away encouraged and with practical tools to do children’s ministry with excellence in your context.

I’m so glad to get to be a part of NEXT. Here is my interviewed with them.

Tim Keller on How the church should address homosexuality

Patheos: Owen Strachan
June 3, 2014

Every Christian needs to know the how to discuss the issue of homosexuality. If you haven’t been asked what you believe you will. Really love what Keller says. Be disarming, yet truthful. Below is an outtake of a full blog post by Owen Strachan blogging on Patheos.

Keller on how the church should speak to the issue of homosexuality:

You always want to speak in the most disarming way, but still be very truthful. Both disarming and truthful. I’m not sure most of us speak in that way—trying to be both. Ed Clowney, former President of Westminster Theological Seminary, said this many years ago: We tend to say we preach the Bible, but you tend to preach the answers to the questions you’ve posed to the Bible. Whether you know it or not, you read the Bible with certain questions. A Korean might have a question in mind when he reads that an African wouldn’t have. Right now our culture asks certain questions and we can’t help but respond to them. We do that in the most disarming way, but to some degree we can’t ignore the culture’s questions. We need to give biblical answers to the culture’s questions. You don’t give them the answers they want, you give them the answers they need. You can’t be a responsible pastor if you don’t.

If we are going to shepherd and teach, we must give the most disarming and truthful answers.

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