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...]

Jonathan Edwards on the 2012 Presidential Election

Christians disconcerted by the 2012 election results have invincible comfort and hope.  From his History of the Work of Redemption, here’s what Jonathan Edwards had to say about our ultimate hope, which triumphs over every obstacle, every Caesar, every hindrance of the preaching of the gospel: Thus God is called in the beginning of this [Read More...]

The Finest Young Writer in America: Thomas Lake

Just posted a new piece at the Gospel Coalition on Sports Illustrated sportswriter Thomas Lake: It may surprise you to learn the finest young sportswriter—perhaps the finest young writer period—in America is a Christian. It’s true: Thomas Lake, all of 31 years of age and currently a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, graduated from Gordon College in Massachusetts. [Read More...]

Exceptional Leaders: David Petraeus’s Four Big Rules of Leadership

Anytime a general has successfully led military efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, you sit up and take notice when they speak about leadership.  I’m reading Paula Broadwell’s new All In: The Education of General David Petraeus (Penguin, 2012) and am really enjoying it.  Petraeus is a pretty unusual human being and leader. Paraphrasing Broadwell, here’s [Read More...]

Be Strong and Courageous (and Not a Boy-Man)

I recently had the opportunity to see The Bourne Legacy, which is way better than the critics had made it sound and totally worth seeing for adults.  The critics, by the way, often don’t like a movie that skews traditional, as Legacy does.  It was a fantastic action film filled with the intelligent intensity you [Read More...]

Abortionist: “Let Me See You Adopt Those Ugly Black Babies”

The above clip is one of the more horrifying things I’ve seen caught on camera.  In the 38-second video, pro-life Christians confront an abortionist.  I don’t know the circumstances of this conversation, but it is clearly a visceral encounter. In the course of the confrontation, the abortionist yells at the pro-lifers “I as a taxpayer [Read More...]

Are Leaves & Twigs Heating Your Inner Spiritual Life?

I recently had the opportunity to publish a short piece on Jonathan Edwards and his seminal Religious Affections in Ligonier Ministry’s excellent Tabletalk devotionalmagazine.  Any magazine, by the way, that is named after something Martin Luther-related is a-okay by me. My piece focused on how theology is intricately connected to our religious “affections,” the emotions [Read More...]

Why Tipping at Restaurants Speaks to Your Walk with Christ

Raymond Johnson, a PhD student at Southern Seminary, just published a very helpful essay on tipping and the gospel at Baptist Press, the official media outlet of the Southern Baptist Convention.  It’s worth reading and considering.  Here’s a snatch: Whether Christians are aware of it or not, a subpar tip is a stumbling block in [Read More...]


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