Don’t Pump the Brakes: Engaging Hillsong’s Doctrine of Church Membership

Hillsong Church of New York City has landed in the news recently. Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield, a gay couple, have apparently been serving in the ministry of Hillsong NYC while remaining in their relationship. Over at The Stream, I made the case that if Hillsong failed to call this couple to repentance for their homosexual [Read More...]

Desperately Seeking Womanhood: Bruce Jenner & Masculine Inferiority

The word “transgender” has now mainstreamed in America. Two recent stories fitting this trend caught my eye and occasioned comment. First, Bruce Jenner has announced that he is a woman. In an interview with Diane Sawyer, he said as much: “Are you a woman?” Sawyer asked. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a [Read More...]

Training the Next Generation to Be Men and Women

We live in strange days. Many of my parental peers are not training their boys and girls to be men and women. They’re helping their little tykes select their gender, as ABC News recently reported. It’s increasingly considered oppressive and unkind to dare to give boys a sense of manhood and girls a sense of [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

David Platt: “Don’t Squander Your Singleness”

At the CBMW 2014 National Conference, “CBMW and the Gospel: A Brave New Movement,” David Platt gave a stirring word on Christian singleness. We at CBMW have heard for some time that people need more biblical material on singleness. We agree, and for that reason we asked David to speak on this important topic. Watch [Read More...]

The Gospel and Obedience in Christian Parenting

A couple of great pieces popped up this week about Christian parenting. Few subjects are more vexing today, particularly as many young Christian parents either did not grow up in godly homes or did not receive much training in how to be a godly father and mother. First, John Piper’s piece on the absolute necessity [Read More...]


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