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…]

Christology and Temptation: Same-Sex Attraction & Christ’s Cross

The recent advent of “gay Christianity” (and see also this) has prompted some profitable discussion online. This conversation prompted a common question: “What about Jesus?” In other words, if he “was tempted in every way, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15), and if this experience forms a bridge with our human experience, then how can we rightly call homosexual [Read More…]

Gay Christianity: Toward a Theological and Pastoral Response

The very helpful article by Julie Roys for WORLD magazine has offered a fresh opportunity to clarify the muddled evangelical conversation over “gay Christianity.” Yesterday I responded briefly to the blog of a Wheaton chaplain. Today I want to push further on this matter in order to try and move the discussion ahead. My particular [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…]

Do Not Go Quietly: 5 Takeaways from “Interstellar”

“You are not far from the kingdom of God.” –Jesus, Mark 12:34 If you have not seen the film Interstellar, you should. It’s just out, and in many ways it’s a masterpiece. No one today with the possible exception of Ridley Scott attempts epic pictures like Christopher Nolan. Sure, there are 17 comic-book films a year [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…]

Secularism Encroaches–But Hope Is Real

Two weeks ago, on September 27, 2014, I had the opportunity to speak at the inauguration of the Joseph & Alice McKeen Christian Study Center in Brunswick, Maine. The McKeen Study Center serves the students and community of Bowdoin College, my alma mater. Some of you have followed the controversy surrounding the decision of Bowdoin’s [Read More…]