Should Pastors Feel Pressure to Produce Scholarship?

I’ve enjoyed the lively conversation that has emerged over this question: are pastors scholars? Some of the conversation has engaged the book Kevin Vanhoozer and I recently published, The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision (Baker Academic, August 2015). In the book, Vanhoozer and I make the case that the pastor is the “organic intellectual” [Read More...]

Awakening the Evangelical Mind: Engaging James K. A. Smith on Neo-Evangelicalism

This one has all the makings of a classic boxing match, doesn’t it? James “KO” Smith against Owen “Trampling Marsden’s Coattails” Strachan. What do I mean? Let me give you the breathtaking blow-by-blow. I just published Awakening the Evangelical Mind: An Intellectual History of Neo-Evangelicalism (Zondervan Academic, Oct. 2015). Awakening represents the culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of work. [Read More...]

Why Complementarianism Is Surging: Introducing the 2016 CBMW T4G Pre-Conference

In 1987, Wayne Grudem, John Piper, Dorothy Patterson, and a number of other Christian leaders came together to found the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. They did so because there was little broad-scale representation of the complementarian viewpoint over against egalitarianism. Fast forward to 2015. CBMW is, by God’s grace, going strong. But there’s [Read More...]

Finding God in Pronouns

The University of Tennessee just made national news by suggesting that faculty use “gender-neutral” pronouns in their classrooms. The Pride Center at UT led this charge and suggested some terms to use instead of “his” and “her”: “ze,” “zir,” and “xe,” which sounds like the name of the most minimalist superhero the world has ever known. [Read More...]

4 Ways to Overcome the Feminization of Boys

The world gaped in awe at the story of the four Americans, aided by a Brit and a Frenchman, who singlehandedly, without weapons, prevented a mass shooting on a French train a couple weeks back. I just wrote about this Jason Bourne-like episode for The Stream. It is a story you need to read. It will [Read More...]

The Depressing and Weirdly Encouraging Data on Ashley Madison Users

I just read a depressing–and oddly encouraging–piece about the recent Ashley Madison hack that exposed users of the site, which purports to facilitate affairs. Here’s what Annalee Newitz of Gizmodo found in analyzing the data from users: Overall, the picture is grim indeed. Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly zero percent had ever shown [Read More...]

The Cessation of Planned Parenthood

The tipping point against abortion is coming. It may well be here. Planned Parenthood is on the run. It may be giving out awards to one mainstream journalist after another, but no matter. It senses the change in the wind. The abortion industry is a sham. It bills itself as medical. It presents itself as [Read More...]

Don’t Pump the Brakes: Engaging Hillsong’s Doctrine of Church Membership

Hillsong Church of New York City has landed in the news recently. Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield, a gay couple, have apparently been serving in the ministry of Hillsong NYC while remaining in their relationship. Over at The Stream, I made the case that if Hillsong failed to call this couple to repentance for their homosexual [Read More...]

John Piper: “I Asked to Write This Foreword” to Designed for Joy

I remember the first time I sought a foreword from John Piper. Doug Sweeney of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and I were writing a five-book series on Jonathan Edwards for Moody Press (The Essential Edwards Collection). Piper was the figure we had at the top of the list, for he had done so much to [Read More...]