You Are Not Your Sexuality

I just wrote a piece for The Federalist on a sex seminar at Colgate University on “consent” in sexual relationships. The event brought students together for late-night discussion of their sexual predilections, which the organizers encouraged with just one moral guideline: consent. Here’s a swatch from the piece: Even as we denounce any kind of [Read More...]

Grace and Truth: Reflections on ERLC 2014

The first national conference of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention was held this week from October 27-29, 2014. I was present for most of the event, entitled “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage,” which lit up social media. I wanted to share five thoughts from my experience. 1. This [Read More...]

Secularism Encroaches–But Hope Is Real

Two weeks ago, on September 27, 2014, I had the opportunity to speak at the inauguration of the Joseph & Alice McKeen Christian Study Center in Brunswick, Maine. The McKeen Study Center serves the students and community of Bowdoin College, my alma mater. Some of you have followed the controversy surrounding the decision of Bowdoin’s [Read More...]

Vice Sports on Football & Christianity

A Vice Sports piece by writer Patrick Sauer entitled, “What Would Jesus Think About Football?,” just posed the question to a number of Catholic and evangelical ministry workers. Here’s how Sauer set up the piece: One in three retired NFL players will suffer long-term cognitive damage. The question of football’s morality—or immorality—becomes even more fraught when posed [Read More...]

Dating + Courtship = Dateship

I just wrote a piece for Boundless entitled “21st-Century Love” that is my attempt at helping singles who want to get married find their way to the altar. I propose a system called “dateship” which is 1/4 cup dating and 3/4 cup courtship. Here are the first two steps of what “dateship” can look like: Step One: [Read More...]

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...]

Wayne Grudem on the Hard Work of Human Flourishing

If you’re in the Louisville area next week (Friday Sept 26-Saturday Sept 27) you should attend this exciting conference on faith, work, and human flourishing. The Commonweal Conference features renowned theologian Wayne Grudem and economist Barry Asmus. Here’s a bit more info (register here–if you sign up by this Friday, you get a free copy of [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 Practicality of Christlike Headship

It’s no secret that the biblical term “head” and the theological concept “headship” are not popular today. This is true because they elegantly explain the husband’s role in marriage. He is head of his wife according to Ephesians 5:22-33. I just wrote a piece entitled “10 Ways to Exercise Christlike Headship” for the Council on [Read More...]

5 Thoughts on the Cal State System Derecognizing InterVarsity

Just saw this from the Mission News Network: College campuses continue to derecognize any religious organizations requiring leaders to hold a set of beliefs. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has been derecognized by all California State University schools. That means 23 chapters of InterVarsity essentially have been kicked off of campus. Read the whole thing. (HT: Phillip Bethancourt) Here’s what [Read More...]


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