The Depressing and Weirdly Encouraging Data on Ashley Madison Users

I just read a depressing–and oddly encouraging–piece about the recent Ashley Madison hack that exposed users of the site, which purports to facilitate affairs. Here’s what Annalee Newitz of Gizmodo found in analyzing the data from users: Overall, the picture is grim indeed. Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly zero percent had ever shown [Read More...]

The Cessation of Planned Parenthood

The tipping point against abortion is coming. It may well be here. Planned Parenthood is on the run. It may be giving out awards to one mainstream journalist after another, but no matter. It senses the change in the wind. The abortion industry is a sham. It bills itself as medical. It presents itself as [Read More...]

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...]

Must Jesus Bow to Homosexuality? A Response to Brandon Ambrosino

Brandon Ambrosino, a “gay Christian,” just suggested that Jesus was wrong about homosexuality. The title of his essay is “The Best Christian Argument for Marriage Equality Is That the Bible Got It Wrong.” In the blog, Ambrosino–a former Liberty University student who made waves by “coming out” while there–argues that Jesus had to get things [Read More...]

5 Implications of the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, per the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. What should Christians think and do in response? 1. We should recognize that this is a dark hour for America. This development has not occurred in a vacuum. It is the realization of many decades of cultural decline. Our [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...]

Good and Bad Men: On Chris Kyle and Christian Grey

Andrew Walker and I just wrote a piece for The Federalist entitled “Chris Kyle, ‘Savages,’ And Moral Language In A Terrorist Age.” It engages Chris Kyle’s use of the term “savages” to describe terrorists. We make the case that this is a justified term, as it refers not to ontology, but behavior. Here’s a selection from it: [Read More...]

On Writing Your Own Name in the History Books

I just published a short essay with First Things on the supposed heroism of “affirming pastors.” It’s a piece that builds on some of my earlier work in tracing how we’re constantly being told by people today that they are heroic. For how can a bell ring, but we sound it? Here’s a section from the essay, [Read More...]