Is Football Too Violent? 11 Reflections on My Christianity Today Essay

I just wrote this Christianity Today piece on football violence in light of the NFL’s nearly $765-million settlement with injured players. It’s stirred up a bit of interaction on Twitter, so say the least. Here’s a slice from the essay: A sizeable portion of evangelicals do not follow boxing or mixed-martial arts due, in part, to their [Read More...]

The iPhone and the Gospel: 5 Strategies for Health

Does your iPhone relate to the gospel of Jesus Christ? Yes, I think so. In a recent piece for Southern Seminary magazine, I considered the sometimes irresistible pull toward modern technology: We have all seen it. The father, surrounded by t-shirted kids clamoring for his attention, lost in the alternate universe of his iPhone. “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! [Read More...]

Christ’s Cross and Kingdom: Are They Related or Unconnected?

The new issue of the international theological journal Themelios has just arrived. Andy Naselli has the announcement over at The Gospel Coalition. Themelios always features a brief essay from editor D. A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In this issue of the journal, Carson tackles the connection between Christ’s cross and his kingdom. Sometimes, evangelicals try [Read More...]

Willie Nelson, Jewish Moms, and the New Deadbeat Dads

In 1978, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson covered one of the classic songs of recent decades. Performed first by Ed Bruce, “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” hit number 1 on the charts and touched a cultural chord. No doubt there were a few aspiring cowboys who were diverted to new [Read More...]

What You Most Need Is God Himself

I just heard this song this week. I think I’d heard it before, but not as powerfully as in the chapel of Southern Seminary this past Thursday, February 14. John Piper was about to deliver his quiet and moving sermon, which meant that there was an electricity in the air. The chapel itself was full [Read More...]

The Gospel and Gronk: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski & Boy Men

So the New England Patriots’ season ended surprisingly about a month ago as the team fell to the hated Baltimore Ravens. They did so without their tight end Rob Gronkowski, a touchdown machine. But that’s not all “Gronk” is: he’s a world-class partier. His exploits are well-documented; he sometimes introduces himself as “Yo Soy Fiesta,” [Read More...]

The Woman Who Aborted Two Babies–and Found God’s Grace

Mars Hill Church just published a moving testimony by a Seattle woman named Holly Webster. Holly shares in her essay how she had two abortions early in life and felt continual shame for her sin. What was it that loosed her, as she remembers it? It was confession of sin. Holly explains her gospel epiphany: [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...]

Does “Gospel-centrality” Mean Christians Don’t Protest or Get Frustrated?

In light of the Louie Giglio fiasco, some evangelicals have argued that Christians need to cheer up and trust God. It’s always true that we need to trust God. I was encouraged, for example, by the content Jared Wilson posted on this subject (Jared always encourages me with his Christ-driven material). Our Trinitarian God can [Read More...]

Is the Bible Anti-Wealth? No!

A few months ago, I wrote a review of David Platt’s Radical Together. I strongly commended the book. Here’s one major strength: its exaltation of and dependence on a sovereign, awesome God: Platt wisely grounds human action in the sovereignty of God. There has been a great deal of discussion in certain circles over whether certain [Read More...]


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