Urban Outfitters and Kent State: The Aesthetics of Violence

With many others, I was shocked to see the release of a Kent State sweatshirt by Urban Outfitters spattered in fake blood. The image is to the left; though many of us are accustomed to seeing blood to some degree, this article of clothing as captured in a screenshot is nonetheless unsettling. Here’s what Urban [Read More...]

Propelling the Gospel Ahead: David Platt and the SBC’s Future

Today, the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention announced that Birmingham pastor David Platt–who spoke powerfully on gospel-driven singleness for CBMW at our 2014 Nat’l Conference– is its new President. This is nothing less than tremendous news. Platt is the author of Radical and related books and has essentially inherited the mantle of John Piper [Read More...]

We Are All Mephibosheth

Southern Seminary has posted the video of my chapel message from yesterday. It’s entitled “Mephibosheth Comes to Dinner: Of Enemies and Eating,” and it’s based on 2 Samuel 9. My three points were as follows: 1.  In verses 1-4, we see a picture of Christian grace. It is an action scene of salvation. 2. In verses [Read More...]

Are You Young? Then Come to the FOCUS Conference February 15-17

In a couple of weeks (February 15-17), I’ll be speaking on “Risking it All for Jesus as a Young Man or Woman” at the FOCUS conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. The theme of my talk is based on my new book Risky Gospel. If you’re in junior high or high school or have kids this age, [Read More...]

The Husband Who Would Not Leave His Wife Behind

It’s been too long since a basketball-related item graced this humble little blog. Well, here’s one. Look out: it will get you. Former Celtics point guard Bob Cousy (one of the three greatest Celtics ever, with Bill Russell and Larry Bird) recently lost his wife, Missie. The Worcester Telegram, one of a thousand city or [Read More...]

The New Rob Bell Book Trailer and Why Truth Is What We Need

So there you go: What We Talk About When We Talk About God (HarperOne, March 2013). We’ll see what this book ends up doing. It looks like it will be another epistle for the “spiritual, but not religious” crowd, and at least the book trailer is–well, confusing. I’m guessing the book will be about getting in touch [Read More...]

Bill Bennett: Gun-Free Zones Are Really “Defenseless Victim Zones”

Bill Bennett wrote a pot-stirring essay at CNN a few weeks ago on gun rights. I’ve been mulling it over ever since. It includes a fascinating stat that has not been discussed in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting: John Lott, economist and gun-rights advocate, has extensively studied mass shootings and reports that, with just [Read More...]

The Best Christmas Song You Haven’t Heard

It’s called “Noel,” and if you hear it done well, it will inspire you. The joy and power of African spirituals can be hard to beat. There is something profoundly heavenlike in this kind of music. It reminds me of the impassable delight we have in Christ, the child whose birth is the foundation of [Read More...]

God Is Not a Genie in a Bottle

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Eric Bargerhuff, author of The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God’s Word Is Misunderstood (Bethany House).  The interview was published in Christianity Today.  Eric is a keen thinker (and a fellow PhD graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School).  He’s written a helpful, readable book [Read More...]

The Kid with a Big Heart: Elegy for a Fallen Basketball Star

Thomas Lake is the finest young sportswriter in America.  Working for Sports Illustrated, he writes long-form journalism pieces that transcend reporting and cross firmly over into beautiful, profound prose.  He recently published a piece entitled “The Legacy of Wes Leonard.”  The story (featured in an issue with Jeremy Lin on the cover) follows a young Michigan basketball [Read More...]