Here is an article about Richard Dawkins from the Times with a couple passages of scripture.  Comments always welcome from any side:

Richard Dawkins slaps creationists into the primordial soup (HT: Albert Mohler)

Matthew 5:38-39

1 Peter 3:13-17


I have just finished reading through Ephesians and a particular passage that struck me in a fresh way was Ephesians 4:15-16:

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

We’re called to be “speaking the truth in love” so as “to grow up…into him.”  Our growth in Christ is a community project, andthere is much more to “speaking the truth in love” than just talking about truth.  The Greek could more precisely be translated “truthing in love.”  The speech aspect is implied.  What I took from this is that we are to be seeking to speak truth gently to our brothers and sisters in Christ, while also aggressively pursuing truth from them in love.  We want to hear truth about ourselves, but we also need to hear truth about the Gospel, truth about Christ, and truth about the cross.  We suffer greatly from short-term memory loss when it comes to our own sin and remembering God’s promises, so we need others constantly truthing us with love.  This is how God has designed us.  When we fail to speak and seek truth to/for/from others then we’re destined for failure.  The picture below illustrates this:

HT: icanhazcheeseburger

The greatest way we can fight sin is with the word of God.  However, we are prone to rely on ourselves and try to handle our struggles all on our own.  Becoming hard-pressed by temptation often leads us to isolate ourselves spiritually, emotionally, and at times physically.  While there are times for great solitude, fighting sin is not one of those times.  In his epistle, James calls us to fight sin together:

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (James 5:16 ESV).

The writer of Hebrews encourages this type of community as well:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV).

And lastly Paul exhorts us to bear each others burdens in fighting sin:

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.  Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:1-2 ESV).

This clip from Planet Earth made me think of what this should look like in our lives.  Let’s fight together the way these otters do! (Start at 2:29 for illustration)