Meredith Stone, a Baptist female seminary professor, responded last week to John Piper. If you remember, John Piper recently posted the script of an interview on Desiring God. He argued that women should not teach at seminaries. Actually, that isn’t correct. John Piper argued that women are disqualified from teaching pastors because–according to his complementarian reading of scripture–women are disqualified from the pastoral role. This isn’t because women are less capable; it is because women are divinely created to be… Read more

A leading historian of evangelicalism thinks that “the study of Church history has ‘a huge role to play’ in the future of Christian higher education.” Chris thinks she’s on to something. Read more

It’s taken me a mere fifty years to find the full meaning of a poem. I still think the effort was worth it. The Cuirassiers of the Frontier The poem is titled “The Cuirassiers of the Frontier,” by Robert Graves. Graves’s memoir Goodbye to All That remains one of the best known and most quoted sources on the First World War, in which he served. A front-line officer, he was wounded so badly that his family was notified of his… Read more

I originally published a version of this piece at RealClearReligion back in 2013. I say that just in case you vaguely remember this essay about Groundhog Day, and begin to be concerned that you might be living the same day over and over and over again. If you have ever seen Bill Murray’s film Groundhog Day, you know that strange and wonderful things happen on February 2, when the boundaries between worlds become perilously thin. I will explain just how… Read more

I chafe a bit at the suggestion that there are no legitimate or understandable reasons for evangelicals, Republicans, or anyone else to favor Trump. Read more

Efforts to secure white, middle-class respectability are nothing new at Moody Bible Institute. Read more

Chris shares some reflections on being a Christian scholar who blogs and podcasts. Read more

American Christian higher education boasts many worthy study-abroad programs. But one shines with special luster: Gordon College’s program in Orvieto, Italy. I have recently had the opportunity to teach there. Why does it shine so brightly? Let me count the ways: Many programs are so-called “bubble programs.” Students are technically abroad, but the program does little to integrate them into the patterns and ethos of the host country. Not so with Gordon’s program. Students regularly participate in the choir at… Read more

Tom Brady describes his spirituality as a bit uncertain and eclectic. Raised Roman Catholic, he now seems to be firmly in the “spiritual but not religious” camp. Many people leave the church of their childhood. Few of those apostates, however, dedicate their professional lives to contravening the teachings of Jesus, however. Brady is one of those few. As Tom Brady gets ready for his twenty-second Super Bowl, I have completed a careful analysis of the many ways that New England’s… Read more

Translation is a difficult and devious process. You can render the individual words used perfectly and precisely, but still fall short of conveying the underlying concepts, without using lengthy footnotes. Here, I will look at a specific issue in reading and interpreting the New Testament, namely the question of slavery and freedom. A World of Slaves In the Greek-speaking world of the first century AD, there was a critical difference between free (eleutheros) and slave (doulos). Each represented a very… Read more

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