Video of My Appearance on FOX News’s “Huckabee”

This segment of the FOX News show Huckabee aired on July 4-5, 2014. I was thankful to have a chance to discuss sexual ethics, religious liberty, and the controversy at Bowdoin College, my alma mater. Governor Huckabee cares deeply about religious liberty issues, and so Bowdoin effectively kicking the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship group off campus was [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...]

Why Creativity Is Profoundly Christian

I recently wrote three posts for the Kern Pastors Network on the broad topic of work and the gospel. Below are the posts and a brief description of each. I’m thankful for the Kern Family Foundation, which has partnered with Southern Seminary on a major grant to bring significant programming on the intersection of faith [Read More...]

On the “Queen James Bible”: Is the Bible “Homophobic”?

I just wrote an essay for Baptist Press on the recently released “Queen James Bible,” whose editors (an insufficient term, in this case) argue that the Bible is “homophobic.” I responded to this charge and gave some thoughts on how to conceive of the Bible’s response to homosexual practice. Here’s a bit: But what about the central [Read More...]

Hitchens’ Widow: “He Insisted Ferociously on Living”

I found this poignant.  It’s from a touching memorial for the writer Christopher Hitchens that his wife, Carol Blue, wrote.  As many will know, Hitchens was a ferocious atheist.  That fact notwithstanding, his wife has this to say about his final months: The new world lasted 19 months. During this time of what he called [Read More...]

Wisdom & Prayer Are Not Opposed

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). I think many evangelicals know that they should pray.  They rightly expect that God will lead them as they do so.  But they might struggle to affirm how important wisdom is.  Learning from situations, being trained in godliness [Read More...]

Redeem Us from Gluttony: A Personal Trainer Speaks Up

You know how there’s a ton right now on “The Gospel and X?”  Not all of those pieces are helpful, because some of them don’t move from theology to practice.  Good thinking and preaching always bears down on everyday life. I was deeply encouraged, then, to read this excellent post on “How the Gospel Overcomes Gluttony.” [Read More...]

A Startling Word from Mark Dever on False Conversions

Justin Taylor is live-blogging Together for the Gospel, which is quite a feat given the extensive content yielded by this outstanding conference.  Yesterday, he summarized Mark Dever’s message on “False Conversion,” which included the following.  It’s well worth pondering as a pastor and a Christian. “In reading through the NT, there are five summary truths [Read More...]

John Calvin and Sin in the Life of the Believer: The Gospel Coalition and Evangelical Spirituality

How should we who consider grace the central reality of our life think about God’s response to our sin?  This is a tricky question, one that defies some of the easy answers we offer to it.  Today at The Gospel Coalition, I ask and seek to answer this question in a post entitled “You Can [Read More...]


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