What Is the American Secret?

On July 4th, a great day, I came across this characterization of General Douglas MacArthur that seemed to speak not simply to MacArthur’s exceptionalism but America’s: “Always a man of faith, self-confidence, and buoyant optimism, MacArthur had seen opportunities where other men saw problems and difficulties.” (Army history John Miller, Jr., quoted in William Manchester’s [Read More...]

Pray for Hobby Lobby (and Shop There!)

Today is a momentous day. The Supreme Court will decide whether Hobby Lobby, a business run by a strong Christian family, has to provide health care that covers abortifacient drugs. No matter what happens in this case, here are several things to keep in mind. 1. God is sovereign over all things. 2. Even if [Read More...]

Chuck Colson and the Woman Dying from AIDS

Many years ago, Chuck Colson was doing what he did constantly: visiting prisoners. Formerly incarcerated due to his connections to the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s, Colson became a Christian in 1975 and soon after found his life’s calling: ministering to prisoners. In 1985, Colson visited a North Carolina prison. As noted, this was [Read More...]

Bowdoin InterVarsity Leader Tells Story in First Things

I’ve been covering the ongoing struggle at my alma mater, Bowdoin College, between the administration and Bowdoin Christian Fellowship, an evangelical group led by Rob Gregory. Gregory, a close friend of mine, is becoming a household name to readers of my blog, and as of today he’s known as well to the readership of First Things. [Read More...]

Exciting Ministry Opportunity in Secular New England

If you’re the type of person who does not run from a ministry challenge but actively runs toward one, you’re what one could call a “gospel Navy SEAL.” Like C. T. Studd, you don’t want to live within earshot of a chapel bell; you want to run a rescue mission on hell’s doorstep (I quote Studd in [Read More...]

Announcing CBMW’s Summer 2014 Giving Campaign: Stand Against the Tide

This announcement was just posted at the CBMW website. As CBMW President, it’s my pleasure to introduce the summer 2014 “Stand Against the Tide” campaign. I’m delighted to announce that we have a $25,000 matching offer on the table and, on this invigorating occasion, are inaugurating our brand-new partnership program, which includes the opportunity to [Read More...]

The Power of Playing Catch

Father’s Day was yesterday, but since I was trying to spend the day with my family, I’m just blogging this today. It’s a short but powerful story from ESPN of how Mark Schlereth, a former NFL player, used to spend time with his son, Daniel. After Mark talks about being around for his son despite [Read More...]

Bowdoin College: Religious Freedom Is “Alive and Thriving”

Two days ago, I noted on this blog a front-page story in the New York Times on the decision of Bowdoin College administrators to effectively displace Bowdoin Christian Fellowship from its status as a college-recognized student organization. I just read a statement the college released about the Times article that advances the viewpoint I just sketched out: Religious [Read More...]

John Piper on “Good”: “It Gives Me Hope That God Is Wonderfully at Work”

With our dear friends at Desiring God Ministries, the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood just released a new eBook, Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood. This project, available in multiple formats for free, represents a leap ahead for the complementarian movement, as the book includes over a dozen young men and women who [Read More...]


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