John Piper Gets Guns….Right?

John Piper used to be my spiritual hero. Truth be told, I actually had a picture of John hanging in my dorm room at Moody Bible Institute. He modeled everything I wanted to be as a pastor. In recent years, however, as my theology has changed and as Piper has left the pastorate, our theological perspectives have drifted significantly. Piper consistently tweets things that make my stomach turn and represent a kind of Christianity that I don't even consider truly Christian any longer. But today, on … [Read more...]

We’ve Created Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been blowing up the media for the past week with his suggestion that we ban all Muslims from entering the United States. This is just another insane suggestion from the presidential candidate who has advocated for building a wall to keep out Mexicans (a majority of whom he believes are “rapists”), has said he knows how to single-handedly defeat ISIL (but doesn’t want to tell anyone), and has said captured soldiers aren’t war heroes.Many commentators, celebrities, and politic … [Read more...]

To Christian Voters in Houston

Dear Christians Voters in Houston who opposed HERO-I am writing to you today with a deeply grieved heart. Deep in my spirit, I can hear the words of Jesus as he gave his live on the cross saying, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing." (Luke 23:34) In a very real sense, you have chosen to reject Christ and have stood for his oppression and marginalization in your city, because Christ is found, not behind the mighty pulpits of your churches or in the faces of the p … [Read more...]

Kirk vs. Gagnon: Making the Christian Case for Same-Sex Relationships

Last weekend, my friend, noted New Testament theologian, and former professor of New Testament Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Daniel Kirk, sat down and had a conversation with Dr. Robert Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburg Theological Seminary and notorious opponent of LGBT equality and proponent of reparative therapy, about the biblical case for LGBT inclusion in the Church. The conversation, hosted by Valley Presbyterian Church in Arizona, is one of the most … [Read more...]

Announcing the Imago Dei Summit: A Response to the #ACBC15 Conference

Today marks the beginning of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on the topics of "Transgender Confusion" and "Homosexuality". I wrote about this conference a few weeks ago on my blog, detailing my concerns about how the conference was organized and what sort of teaching and counseling would be promulgated among evangelical pastors who will likely deal with LGBTQ individuals in their congregations.As I thought and prayed about how I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, Kim Davis, and a Nation In Crisis

Pope Francis’ has come and gone and we are still feeling the ramifications of his visit to the United States. I had the honor of following the Pope’s journey through Washington D.C. and up to New York City. As I traveled throughout these cities, following Francis, I encountered masses of people flocking to street corners and arenas to get a glimpse at this religious leader who seemed to inspire hope in the hearts of even the most jaded individuals. I listened closely to the Pope’s messages over t … [Read more...]