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...]

Gay-Affirming Pastor: “We Believe in the Holy Polyamorous Trinity”

I just read an interview that took me aback. In it, two gay-affirming pastors say that they would not perform church discipline on members in polyamorous relationships (in which people enter an open-ended sexual relationship with more than one partner). I’ve highlighted a few sections from the published conversation of Jeff Hood and Danny Cortez, both of [Read More...]

How “50 Shades of Grey” Harms Women & Jesus Saves Them

I just watched the Super Bowl. During a commercial break, I was horrified by the trailer for the film 50 Shades of Grey, which comes out soon. Seeing the trailer prompted a few thoughts. We commonly hear today, from a secular culture and also from many voices of progressive Christianity (so-called), that the Bible is [Read More...]

Cultural Capitulation on Homosexuality Is Not Courageous

A recent article by Elizabeth Dias for TIME magazine seeks to chart a shift among evangelicals on homosexuality. “Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage” (preview version, though I’m a subscriber) is engaging, well-sourced, and includes perspectives from both sides of the issue. As you engage the material, see my Southern Seminary and Boyce College colleague Denny [Read More...]

Complementarianism Is a Means to Joy, Not a Problem to Solve

If you want international media attention, here’s one way to get it: simply quote the Bible on headship and submission in marriage. That’s what Gavin Peacock just did. Peacock is a pastor in Calgary, Alberta, and a former star soccer player in the UK. (I speak with CBMW at Peacock’s church, Calvary Grace, next week–here [Read More...]

How Paganism Keeps Women Down & Christianity Lifts Them Up

I just recorded a 30-minute program with the TV show Dead Reckoning. It’s led by Brian Mattson and Jay Friesen, two sharp and gifted guys. We did not talk about wine, but we did talk about women. Specifically, we discussed how Christianity in ancient times dignified and enfranchised women. It was not the Christians, and the [Read More...]


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