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...]

The Key to a Strong Marriage: Humble Repentance

Every marriage is under attack. Marriage is given to humanity by God as, ultimately, an expression and picture of his love for his people. Satan, the anti-aesthete and anti-tutor, wants to tear this living image down. There is much to work on in marriage, but it strikes me that there is a single key that [Read More...]

Evangelicals Have Incredible Reasons to Engage the Life of the Mind

But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all [Read More...]

Is Mark Noll Right? Is There No Evangelical Mind?

Paul Miller just wrote a fun post at Schaeffer’s Ghost, a blog I commend to you, reviewing Mark Noll’s Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Paul largely agreed with Noll’s polemic: But I have to say that I think Noll is basically right—or, at least, he was right when he wrote this twenty years ago. I say that [Read More...]

What the Virgin Birth Means & Why Rob Bell Is So Tragically Wrong

So tomorrow is Christmas. I won’t be posting on Christmas day, so this counts double. The miracle we celebrate on Christmas is the incarnation, which depends in biblical terms on the virgin birth (or, perhaps more accurately, the virgin conception). We know that things like the cross and the empty tomb are of importance to [Read More...]

Suffer Not the Little Children to Come to Me–and to Us

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away (Matthew 19:13-15 [Read More...]

The Banality of Amorality: An Essay On the Hobbit

So here we are: The Hobbit is officially out. I haven’t seen it yet, but the hour draws nigh. I can’t wait. I recently saw a few films that reminded me of the power of Tolkien’s tale, which traffics in good and evil and other such outmoded concepts. It’s nuanced, but it’s stubbornly traditional in [Read More...]

Powerhouse Theology: The Inaugural LA Theology Conference on Christology

My Patheos colleague and leading Trinitarian scholar Fred Sanders of Biola University just announced the papers for the parallel sessions of the inaugural, and very exciting, Los Angeles Theology Conference. Sanders is heading up this event along with Fuller’s Oliver Crisp, widely respected for his philosophical and theological work. I’m honored to present a paper at this conference. [Read More...]


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