How “50 Shades of Grey” Harms Women & Jesus Saves Them

I just watched the Super Bowl. During a commercial break, I was horrified by the trailer for the film 50 Shades of Grey, which comes out soon. Seeing the trailer prompted a few thoughts. We commonly hear today, from a secular culture and also from many voices of progressive Christianity (so-called), that the Bible is [Read More...]

The Goodness of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood

Biblical manhood and womanhood are worth celebrating. All the teaching of Scripture is good. All of it is good for us. It was a distinct pleasure to travel to Calgary, Alberta last week to speak at a conference jointly held by Calvary Grace Church, a thriving urban church plant, and the Council on Biblical Manhood [Read More...]

Complementarianism Is a Means to Joy, Not a Problem to Solve

If you want international media attention, here’s one way to get it: simply quote the Bible on headship and submission in marriage. That’s what Gavin Peacock just did. Peacock is a pastor in Calgary, Alberta, and a former star soccer player in the UK. (I speak with CBMW at Peacock’s church, Calvary Grace, next week–here [Read More...]

Training the Next Generation to Be Men and Women

We live in strange days. Many of my parental peers are not training their boys and girls to be men and women. They’re helping their little tykes select their gender, as ABC News recently reported. It’s increasingly considered oppressive and unkind to dare to give boys a sense of manhood and girls a sense of [Read More...]

How Paganism Keeps Women Down & Christianity Lifts Them Up

I just recorded a 30-minute program with the TV show Dead Reckoning. It’s led by Brian Mattson and Jay Friesen, two sharp and gifted guys. We did not talk about wine, but we did talk about women. Specifically, we discussed how Christianity in ancient times dignified and enfranchised women. It was not the Christians, and the [Read More...]

Men Stand in the Middle: On Ray Rice and the Dignity of Women

The horrifying footage of Ray Rice punching his fiancee Janay (now his wife) has now traveled around the world. Rice was originally suspended for two games for this act of abuse. Now, after the video was leaked, he’s been cut from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended from the NFL. Some have defended him. He deserves [Read More...]

The Beauty of Motherhood, Captured

Matt Bieler, creator of a killer RG3 Adidas commercial (“What Light Can Do”), just released a short (2:38) film on stay-at-home motherhood. It’s not didactic. It’s aesthetic and expressive. It’s breathtaking. The video fits this season perfectly. In celebrating the Incarnation, we also give thanks to God for Mary, the mother of Christ. Short films [Read More...]

Should We Tell Our Little Girls They’re “Princesses”?

A recent piece over at Acculturated, a fun and thought-provoking site, just went viral. Mark Tapson wrote “In Defense of Disney Princesses” in response to a push by feminists to picture girlhood in more careerist terms. Tapson defended the idea of traditional femininity in his essay, and I’m very glad that he did. Speaking broadly, [Read More...]

Risky Womanhood: Telling the Powerful Story of Blandina

Have you ever heard of Blandina? You should have. She was a second-century slave girl. Ordinarily, her story would have been lost to history. But Blandina was no ordinary young woman. She was a Christian, and a Christian in a time of fierce persecution. In my forthcoming book Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome (Thomas [Read More...]

A Notable Critique of Rachel Held Evans’s “Year of Biblical Womanhood”

Over at CBMW Reviews you’ll find a short, irenic and theologically muscular review of the controversial A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. The review is by complementarian voice Aimee Byrd (at left). Here’s a selection: With all the research that Evans does, she seemingly doesn’t understand the basic principles of biblical hermeneutics. Literal interpretation, i.e., reading [Read More...]


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