Odds & Ends -- By: Anonymous
JBMW 13:1 (Spring 2008) p. 4
Odds & Ends
Will There Be Sex in Heaven?
In February 2007, Catholic theologian Peter Kreeft delivered a lecture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The title of his address was “Will There Be Sex in Heaven?” The short answer he gives to the question in the title is “yes.” The answer is “yes” mainly because of his view that gender distinctions continue in the new creation. He argues that the resurrection of the body is a restoration project, not an obliteration of something so deep as our maleness or femaleness. Thus gender complementarity will always be a part of us, even in the age to come.
In any case, you can listen to the entire lecture for yourself at Southeastern’s chapel audio page (www.sebts.edu/chapel) under the date February 3, 2007. The lecture comprises the gist of a chapter in Kreeft’s book about heaven, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven, but Never Dreamed of Asking (Ignatius, 1990). A text version of “Is There Sex in Heaven?” is available at Kreeft’s own website, www.peterkreeft.com.
– Denny Burk
The Gospel Coalition
Last Spring, D. A. Carson and Tim Keller launched a renewal movement called “The Gospel Coalition.” According to Mark Driscoll (theresurgence.com), “The Gospel Coalition” began as a theological colloquium led by Carson and Keller. The colloquium met for a few years with a special focus on drafting “a new evangelical reformed confession of faith.” Members of this colloquium included Alistair Begg, Kent Hughes, Philip Ryken, Mark Dever, Ray Ortlund, Ligon Duncan, and representatives from organizations such as The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Desiring God, Together for the Gospel, 9Marks, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Sovereign Grace Ministries, and Acts 29.
The final version of the “confession” was drafted by Carson with a preamble composed by Keller. Driscoll writes, “The colloquium was arranged in order to help hone the statements into an agreeable final draft. The hope was to redefine a clear center for evangelicalism more akin to that previously articulated by men such as Francis Schaeffer, John Stott, and Billy Graham.”
Of interest to our readers is The Gospel Coalition’s confessional statement on Gender and the Family:
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called t...
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