On Gungor and Whether Doubt Is Okay

Yesterday, WORLD magazine ran a story on the band Gungor and how the theology it articulates in its music has shifted away from orthodoxy. Michael Gungor in particular now embraces “God as woman” theology (which I recently covered at great length) and is emphasizing the role of doubt in his personal makeup. According to WORLD, Gungor now does [Read More...]

Easter Is About Satan Losing in Spectacular Fashion

I was reminded by this excellent piece from Tim Brister about Easter that Easter is the least sentimental of all our holidays. Easter, Tim says, is for the dead. This beloved cultural holiday is not fundamentally about pleasant feelings, or warm days, or communal togetherness, or pastel-colored shirts, or ingeniously devised egg hunts, or being [Read More...]

On a World in Which Little Boys Do Not Die at Marathons

I grew up watching the Boston Marathon. It always hit at a lovely spot in the year: mid-April. In New England, this is an enchanting time, mostly because the months immediately preceding it have not lacked for cold. The flowers start to bloom, the temperature skyrockets to a blistering 50 degrees, and kids burst out [Read More...]

We’ve Talked to Jesus in an Inside Voice and He’s Going to Be Nice Now

We think we’ve got Jesus figured out today. We read about him turning tables in the Scriptures. But now he’s nice. Now he’s calm. Now he sits by himself, drinking tea, interrupting his repose to grant us whatever we want. He doesn’t ask us to change, and he doesn’t want us to do any heavy [Read More...]

Can You Be a Sold-out Christian in the Suburbs?

I think the answer to my title question is a simple “yes.” I just wrote a book called Risky Gospel on “ordinary” Christianity. But here’s the thing: I don’t simply want Christians to accept that it’s okay to live in the ‘burbs. I want to infuse all of life with gospel passion driven by what I [Read More...]

Forget Decaf–You Need Some Triple-Shot Macchiato Faith

I enjoy few creature comforts more than one of those hand-crafted, artisanal coffee drinks that have suddenly taken over America (that’s Louisville’s excellent Quills Coffee to the left). If you’re at a local coffeeshop or a Starbucks, you can be sure that you will hear someone order a very complex drink. Often said person is [Read More...]

Christian Freedom May Not Mean What You’ve Been Told

“A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant, subject to all.” –Martin Luther, The Freedom of the Christian (1520) Christian freedom is one of the hottest spiritual topics today. To folks accustomed to moralistic Christianity and sets of rules that guide Christian conduct, Christian [Read More...]

How to Defeat Spiritual Laziness

I just started a monthly column for 9Marks. This is going to be fun, because I love 9Marks, and I love writing. For the first column, I covered the topic of “spiritual laziness.” How can we tackle it? I addressed the problem–treated in a number of places in Scripture–from a pastoral standpoint. The article will [Read More...]

What You Most Need Is God Himself

I just heard this song this week. I think I’d heard it before, but not as powerfully as in the chapel of Southern Seminary this past Thursday, February 14. John Piper was about to deliver his quiet and moving sermon, which meant that there was an electricity in the air. The chapel itself was full [Read More...]

So Much for Millennials Shifting Left: They Can’t Afford iPhones

An Associated Press story tells an interesting, and not overly popular, story: young adults are increasingly labeling themselves using less liberal terminology than in previous years.  Here’s what Martha Irvine says in her noteworthy piece: Tina Wells, head of Buzz Marketing, an agency that tracks the attitudes of young people, has noticed this shift to [Read More...]


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