Kevin Johnson vs. Tim Challies. Kevin Johnson – 1; Tim Challies – 0.

Sufism and homosexuality in Afghanistan. Here and here.

Two great posts from Rachel Jankovic at Desiring God: Motherhood as a mission field; Motherhood is a calling (and where your children rank).

Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel.

Our culture is simply afraid of death. Laying down your own life, in any way, is terrifying. Strangely, it is that fear that drives the abortion industry: fear that your dreams will die, that your future will die, that your freedom will die—and trying to escape that death by running into the arms of death.

And on the topic of abortion, here’s a debate between Scott Klusendorf and the former President of the ACLU, at Westmont College. I’m looking forward to listening to this one: