We’ve Talked to Jesus in an Inside Voice and He’s Going to Be Nice Now

We think we’ve got Jesus figured out today. We read about him turning tables in the Scriptures. But now he’s nice. Now he’s calm. Now he sits by himself, drinking tea, interrupting his repose to grant us whatever we want. He doesn’t ask us to change, and he doesn’t want us to do any heavy [Read More...]

How Much Should “Connection” Factor Into Getting Married?

This is a tough question. It’s especially tough because many of us have been trained by our culture–romance novels, movies, songs–to think of “connection” as a mystical force. It’s unstoppable. It’s uncontainable. You either have it or you don’t. I just wrote a piece for Boundless called “Irresistible Taste: The 5 Points of Attraction.” In this [Read More...]

Can You Be a Sold-out Christian in the Suburbs?

I think the answer to my title question is a simple “yes.” I just wrote a book called Risky Gospel on “ordinary” Christianity. But here’s the thing: I don’t simply want Christians to accept that it’s okay to live in the ‘burbs. I want to infuse all of life with gospel passion driven by what I [Read More...]

3 Things That Marriage Accomplishes

One of the strongest challenges in creating a marriage-friendly culture today is overcoming myths that crop up around it. Because marriage is a huge deal, people alternately get scared of it, attack it, or avoid it. To counter the misconceptions, I  just wrote a piece for Boundless entitled “What Is Marriage Really Like?” that addresses, um, what [Read More...]

On December’s CrossCon and the “Millennial Christianity” Debate

New video about the new conference (HT: JT). December 27-30, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. Piper, Carson, DeYoung, Platt, Oh, and a bunch of other great, godly leaders. CBMW will be there, and with all our bells on. Student registration, by the by, is a mere $100 for the next 7 weeks. Hey, let’s take this [Read More...]

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...]


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