Weak Sauce: The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf Dismisses “The Bell Curve” Without Reading It

I enjoy Conor Friersdorf’s journalism for The Atlantic. Friedersdorf is an engaging and thoughtful writer who covers tough topics, generally, with balance and insight. In a recent report on the “Middlebury mob,” however, Friedersdorf committed a major intellectual party-foul on Charles Murray. Examining whether Murray’s Bell Curve–the book ostensibly protested at Middlebury—is racist as is alleged, Friedersdorf noted [Read More…]

Michael Gungor Gets Blood Atonement Wrong, and Loses Christ’s Benefits

Musician Michael Gungor just popped up and made a number of statements on Twitter decrying the penal substitutionary model of the atonement. His most precise quote: “that God needed to be appeased with blood is not beautiful. It’s horrific.” The heart of the atonement is precisely what Gungor says it is not. Ancient Israel gathered on [Read More…]

Is God Finished with New England?

No. God is not finished with my home region, New England. He’s working there in inspiring ways today. I love studying the past of New England. My favorite theologian is Jonathan Edwards, and Edwards gave his life-blood to reach the people of this beautiful place. Edwards faithfully preached the Word for several decades, and his model [Read More…]

Breaking Baronelle: Washington Punishes a Florist (a Satire)

We should all breathe a sigh of relief over what just happened in Washington state. Baronelle Stutzman, an elderly florist, was just found guilty of discrimination because she declined to provide floral arrangements for a gay wedding. She’s on the hook now for the ACLU’s legal bills, incredibly. Here’s a quick breakdown of what has just [Read More…]

Washington Post Reports New Church Growth Strategy: Conservative Doctrine

The best way to grow a church is to hold conservative theology, and preach it. At least that’s what a recent Washington Post article states. David Millard Haskell (professor at Wilfrid Laurier University) just reported his peer-reviewed research on Canadian churches for the Post, and here’s what he found (emphasis mine): Over the last five years, my colleagues [Read More…]

Eric Metaxas and I Discuss: Are Men and Women Obsolete?

I just had the privilege of discussing the sexes with Eric Metaxas on his radio show. (Listen to it above, or here.) As a host on the Salem network, Eric covers a wide array of topics and produces a show that is intellectually stimulating, spiritually refreshing, and a lot of fun. He is widely-known for [Read More…]

How Can Pastors Have a “Gospel-Centered” Ministry?

There is much talk about being “gospel-centered” today. I’m thrilled that there is. But what does it mean, precisely, for a pastors to minister in a “gospel-centered” way? Here are three quick thoughts. First, the pastor’s theology is gospel-shaped. In other words, the atoning death and life-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very fountainhead [Read More…]

Chip and Joanna Gaines Are What’s Wrong with America: A Satire

That is what Buzzfeed and Cosmopolitan would have you believe, anyway: Chip and Joanna Gaines are the problem, not the solution. The Gaineses, an evangelical couple that attends an evangelical church in Texas, are under fire because their pastor preached sermons articulating the sinfulness of same-sex marriage and homosexuality. Now, the two outlets are demanding that Chip and [Read More…]

My Next Two Books: Theological Anthropology and Edwards Devotional

Every academic community, I suppose, is a colony of writers. That’s holding true at Midwestern Seminary, where I teach systematic theology. President Jason Allen recently released a very helpful book on the call to ministry. Provost Jason Duesing has just edited a terrific new book on religious liberty and released his scholarly work on early Baptist [Read More…]

Is Gender Dysphoria a Moral Matter? On My ETS Presentation Next Week

This is a blistering and fun season for many evangelical scholars. It’s ETS time. Next week, the Evangelical Theological Society meets in San Antonio, Texas (Alamo at right) for its annual conference. I’ve been thankful to be a member of ETS for some time, and I’ll present this year on three separate topics. All three [Read More…]