Best of 2014

The web is democratized, right? This means, by my lights, that I get to do a “Best of 2014″ list. My list, defined by “magnificently arbitrary criteria” (I steal this marvelous phrase from the class syllabus of New Testament scholar D. A. Carson), ranges over culture, theology, basketball, and rap. The good stuff, you know. 1. [Read More...]

Same-Sex Friendship: The Possibilities of Renewal

In the last week, I have been thinking and conversing about the topic of “gay Christianity.” In reading the thoughtful reflections of a number of fellow believers, I’ve realized that the possibility of finding common ground between those who have advocated for “gay Christianity” and those who do not may be greater than we might [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...]

Christology and Temptation: Same-Sex Attraction & Christ’s Cross

The recent advent of “gay Christianity” (and see also this) has prompted some profitable discussion online. This conversation prompted a common question: “What about Jesus?” In other words, if he “was tempted in every way, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15), and if this experience forms a bridge with our human experience, then how can we rightly call homosexual [Read More...]

Gay Christianity: Toward a Theological and Pastoral Response

The very helpful article by Julie Roys for WORLD magazine has offered a fresh opportunity to clarify the muddled evangelical conversation over “gay Christianity.” Yesterday I responded briefly to the blog of a Wheaton chaplain. Today I want to push further on this matter in order to try and move the discussion ahead. My particular [Read More...]

David and Jonathan’s Love Was Pure, Not Erotic

World magazine just released a story entitled “Wheaton’s ‘Gay Celibate Christian’”  featuring comments from a campus worker in the chaplain’s office named Julie Rodgers. Rodgers takes upon herself the label “gay Christian,” which I’ve previously responded to in the Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. The World story–characteristically well-reported–leads readers to an October blog by Rodgers. Here are [Read More...]

With Tears: On Racism and the Gospel

Like many, I have been deeply saddened by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. I have wanted to carefully think through these matters. We feel great pressure today to speak instantaneously and with maximal depth about current events. I found that I needed to listen, learn, and hear my brothers and sisters speak–particularly [Read More...]

Are We Witnessing a Writing Resurgence in Evangelicalism?

What’s up with Christian fiction? We had a fantastic burst of production in the mid-twentieth century. Some good works have come out since then. But for many years, we waited for another Lewis or Tolkien to no avail. There are signs of stirring in the evangelical movement. We’re young, restless, and writing. N. D. Wilson has [Read More...]

What Do Evangelical Professors Do, Anyway?

I have a suggestion for a fun question you could throw out at your annual Christmas party. “Professors,” you could say vaguely. “What is it they do, anyway?” You’ll likely get a bunch of answers, many of them expressing confusion. Some will voice skepticism–the professorate is an escape from real life. Thinking, after all, is [Read More...]


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