In Support of Wheaton College: Can Evangelical Schools Be Evangelical Anymore?

Wheaton College, a leading evangelical institution, finds itself in the headlines this week after placing a professor on leave. The professor, Larycia Hawkins, wore an Islamic hijab (female head-scarf) and articulated sympathy for Islam as a religion on her Facebook page. Wheaton drew strong feedback when Hawkins’s actions and views became public, and the college [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…]

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…]

How Carl Henry Saved a Young Philosopher’s Life

A Christianity Today essay by King’s College president Greg Thornbury entitled “How I Almost Lost My Faith” tells a remarkable story. In college, Thornbury was struggling with a crisis of faith. It was brought on by what is called “historical criticism”: After high school, I attended a Christian liberal arts college. In the first semester of my [Read More…]

When a Theology Post Is “Unsafe” for Facebook

I wrote a post on Monday entitled “Is Rachel Held Evans’s Use of “God Herself” Biblically Faithful?” that got a fair amount of attention this week. It got many “Likes” on Facebook, for example. But far less than it should have. Why? Because, it appears, the post was deemed “unsafe.” I’m not entirely sure what happened, to [Read More…]

Rachel Held Evans and What “God Herself” Means

(This is a lengthy piece featuring a good bit of theological engagement. For ease of reading, follow the main sections.) Rachel Held Evans has achieved a measure of recognition among evangelicals, appearing on the cover of Christianity Today, speaking at Q, and giving talks at churches. In recent days, her glowing endorsement of Matthew Vines’s book-length legitimation of [Read More…]

Is Rachel Held Evans’s Use of “God Herself” Biblically Faithful?

(This is a lengthy piece featuring a good bit of theological engagement. For ease of reading, follow the main sections.) Rachel Held Evans has achieved a measure of recognition among evangelicals, appearing on the cover of Christianity Today, speaking at Q, and giving talks at churches. In recent days, her glowing endorsement of Matthew Vines’s book-length legitimation of [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…]

The Evangelical Mind Is Alive: ETS 2013 & Inerrancy

It’s that time of year again: the Evangelical Theological Society meets Tuesday-Thursday of this week. I’m traveling today to Baltimore for the 64th annual meeting, organized around the important theme of “Inerrancy.” I’ll be presenting two papers this year, both on the neo-evangelicals. My first paper is on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 4:30pm in Hilton-Latrobe. [Read More…]


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