5 Things I’m Thankful for as 2015 Ends

Here are five things I’m thankful for as I look back on 2015. 1.      Another strong financial year for CBMW. We are seeking to close out the year strong, but to date, we will surpass last year’s financial intake. This is a tremendous blessing and a sign of God’s unmerited kindness. We are [Read More…]

Why Complementarianism Is Surging: Introducing the 2016 CBMW T4G Pre-Conference

In 1987, Wayne Grudem, John Piper, Dorothy Patterson, and a number of other Christian leaders came together to found the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. They did so because there was little broad-scale representation of the complementarian viewpoint over against egalitarianism. Fast forward to 2015. CBMW is, by God’s grace, going strong. But there’s [Read More…]

What Does John Calvin Say About Same-Sex Attraction?

As you’ll see in my just-published article (here is the HTML, and the PDF) in the brand-new, newly-redesigned Spring 2015 Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, John Calvin offers piercing commentary on what is called “internal temptation.” Calvin’s illuminating remarks have not yet been referenced in the vigorous debate over whether same-sex attraction occasions repentance or not. (Get [Read More…]

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…]

5 Highlights for CBMW in 2014

The leaves have fallen. The campus in Louisville is quiet. The dust has settled. It has been an exhilarating year at the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. 2014 was chock-full of good stuff, namely, more ministry to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We’ve been busy, as our December newsletter shows. That is a [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…]

Rachel Held Evans and What “God Herself” Means

(This is a lengthy piece featuring a good bit of theological engagement. For ease of reading, follow the main sections.) Rachel Held Evans has achieved a measure of recognition among evangelicals, appearing on the cover of Christianity Today, speaking at Q, and giving talks at churches. In recent days, her glowing endorsement of Matthew Vines’s book-length legitimation of [Read More…]

Is Rachel Held Evans’s Use of “God Herself” Biblically Faithful?

(This is a lengthy piece featuring a good bit of theological engagement. For ease of reading, follow the main sections.) Rachel Held Evans has achieved a measure of recognition among evangelicals, appearing on the cover of Christianity Today, speaking at Q, and giving talks at churches. In recent days, her glowing endorsement of Matthew Vines’s book-length legitimation of [Read More…]

A Banner Week for CBMW at T4G, and Scattered T4G Thoughts

I am so thankful for last week (April 7-11), the week of the 2014 CBMW National Conference and the Together for the Gospel conference. I have effectively come of age over the life-span of T4G, which began in 2006 in the Galt House Ballroom, the very place that we at CBMW held our NatCon. The [Read More…]


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