Must Jesus Bow to Homosexuality? A Response to Brandon Ambrosino

Brandon Ambrosino, a “gay Christian,” just suggested that Jesus was wrong about homosexuality. The title of his essay is “The Best Christian Argument for Marriage Equality Is That the Bible Got It Wrong.” In the blog, Ambrosino–a former Liberty University student who made waves by “coming out” while there–argues that Jesus had to get things [Read More...]

“A less crunchy technique for more whole specimens”: The Banality of Planned Parenthood

Hannah Arendt famously described Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann by using the phrase “the banality of evil.” The man did not loom over his onlookers at his trial; he did not suggest by his carriage, his posture, that he was capable of preposterous acts of evil, and in fact had done them. He seemed like an [Read More...]

Why Does TIME Want to Drop the Hammer on Churches?

I wrote a piece for The Stream this week that engaged a stunning TIME article from New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer is a respected journalist who leans left but broke new ground by calling in his essay for the abolition of tax-exempt status for churches (and other non-profits). After the piece caught some fire from conservatives, Oppenheimer protested that he [Read More...]

5 Implications of the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, per the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. What should Christians think and do in response? 1. We should recognize that this is a dark hour for America. This development has not occurred in a vacuum. It is the realization of many decades of cultural decline. Our [Read More...]

On Joining the Faculty of Midwestern Seminary

As of July 1, 2015, I am joining the faculty of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I will be Associate Professor of Christian Theology at the seminary and Director of the Center on Theology and Culture (more on this to come). My work as CBMW President will continue in full as we drive the organization onward. [Read More...]

Desperately Seeking Womanhood: Bruce Jenner & Masculine Inferiority

The word “transgender” has now mainstreamed in America. Two recent stories fitting this trend caught my eye and occasioned comment. First, Bruce Jenner has announced that he is a woman. In an interview with Diane Sawyer, he said as much: “Are you a woman?” Sawyer asked. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a [Read More...]

What Does John Calvin Say About Same-Sex Attraction?

As you’ll see in my just-published article (here is the HTML, and the PDF) in the brand-new, newly-redesigned Spring 2015 Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, John Calvin offers piercing commentary on what is called “internal temptation.” Calvin’s illuminating remarks have not yet been referenced in the vigorous debate over whether same-sex attraction occasions repentance or not. (Get [Read More...]

Frank Bruni Commands Christians to Cave on Homosexuality

The New York Times just published one of the more rough-handed pieces we’ve yet seen regarding “gay Christianity.” In “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana,” opinion writer Frank Bruni takes the gloves off and seeks to bully Christians into caving on homosexuality. The column is frank, direct, and brutalizing. Let’s consider five takeaways from this striking [Read More...]

If the Culture’s in Flames, Build in the Ashes

The recent events surrounding RFRA legislation in Indiana have many Christians deeply worried, and for good reason. Religious liberty is now seen by a good number of folks as a hostile presence in American cultural life. To do anything but affirm same-sex marriage, for example, is taken as a sign of bias and a creeping [Read More...]


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