Showing Grace When Evangelical Leaders Speak Intemperately


Recent comments in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, from the likes of Mike Huckabee and James Dobson, among others, have evoked an impassioned conversation on the public representation of evangelicals and how evangelicals best engage the culture.  A few pieces offered here on this blog have addressed that conversation — and [Read More...]

Is the Church a Family Anymore?


Roger Olson makes some interesting observations about the pietist origins of the old Watchnight Services — and some strong claims about the changes in evangelical church life over the past six decades: When I was growing up, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day were very special on our family calendar. The former always brought [Read More...]

Who Owns “Evangelicalism” in America?


A little while ago, I had written two pieces (here and here) making the case for defining evangelicalism according to its theological distinctives and not its (pervasively but not exhaustively) shared convictions on social issues.  Evangelical positions on abortion and gay marriage, I said, are positions that most evangelicals deduce from our core principles.  But [Read More...]

Would Jesus Fight a Legal Battle Against Same-Sex Marriage?


Recently I asked, “Is it Time for Evangelicals to Stop Opposing Gay Marriage?”  I followed up with “Ten Things I Believe About Evangelicals and Same-Sex Marriage,” where I think I put the issue much more clearly.  The question is not whether evangelicals should abandon beliefs that have become unfashionable and culturally detrimental.  The question is [Read More...]

How Gay Marriage Really Theatens Religious Freedom


Recently I asked whether evangelicals should consider, while holding fast to their views on God’s design for human sexuality and marriage, dropping their insistence that the American legal system should reflect our Judeo-Christian convictions and exclude same-sex marriages.  I followed with Ten Things I Believe About Evangelicals and Gay Marriage – and a fantastic conversation ensued in [Read More...]