Introducing the Center for Public Theology

We at Midwestern Seminary have some exciting news to announce. As the video above makes clear, in June 2016, we launch the Center for Public Theology. My goal as Director of this new initiative is to help the church answer one of the central questions of our time: how can we be faithful witnesses in [Read More…]

“The Sun Is Rising”: On a Possible Third-Party Presidential Candidate

Because the Hour’s come, and the Man. –Sir Walter Scott It has been a long and dark time, this election season. Christians, of course, have allegiance to no party, but for a good while now, the Republican party has represented at least a portion of what many evangelicals hold to be politically best. Now, however, [Read More…]

#PrayforHobbyLobby

In his recent book, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, eminent U. S. historian George Marsden offers a compelling definition of what we could call the American soul: it is an intellectual fusion of European Enlightenment thought and evangelical Protestantism. More than any other book I’ve read, Marsden’s short monograph makes sense of the different [Read More…]

Ross Douthat of New York Times on Campus Pluralism

Ross Douthat, columnist for the New York Times, published a NYT piece this week pointing out that allegedly “pluralistic” college campuses are struggling mightily to make good on their promises. In his piece, Douthat references the problems conservatives and Christians are having at different schools, and he links to my American Spectator piece, “God and Sexuality at Bowdoin,” on my [Read More…]

Vanderbilt Part Two: Religious Liberty Is Imperiled at Bowdoin College

Remember when Vanderbilt University capriciously decided to enforce a “non-discrimination” policy for student groups? This meant practically that religious groups, especially Christian groups, essentially could not select leaders who held to biblical sexual ethics. Sadly, my own alma mater, Bowdoin College of Maine, is doing something very similar at present. Bowdoin views Bowdoin Christian Fellowship (picture of [Read More…]

Why Should Pastors Preach About the Public Square?

I offer three reasons in a short piece I just did for the SBTS Blog. Here’s a snippet of one answer to the question, “Why should pastors preach about the public square?” Behind the proto-free market of Geneva was the interest-denouncing homiletics of John Calvin. Behind the world-defying political advocacy of William Wilberforce was the world-defying, [Read More…]

The Pastor in the Public Square: An April 2014 T4G Course

On April 7-10, 2014, I’ll be teaching the Together for the Gospel conference course entitled “The Pastor in the Public Square.” In addition to my lectures, I’m excited to announce three features of this really fun course! (Registration info below) 1) SBTS President Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. has agreed to give a special lecture on “The [Read More…]

Mohler/Douthat/Prager on Religious Liberty

If you’re in Louisville on January 28th, 2014, you will not want to miss the following event with Al Mohler, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, and Dennis Prager. Here’s the info: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) – Three nationally renowned commentators will participate in a “Faith and Freedom in the Public Square” discussion to be held Jan. 28 on the [Read More…]

Paisley White and the Invigorating Culture-Shift on Abortion

Get ready for your jaw to drop. This video, on a father’s repentant love for his daughter Paisley, who lives with Down Syndrome, is poleaxing (HT: Eric Metaxas). I said this a few months back: the babies we don’t want today are the ones we most need. In a fast-moving, high-achieving age, we don’t want [Read More…]


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