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...]

The Goodness of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood

Biblical manhood and womanhood are worth celebrating. All the teaching of Scripture is good. All of it is good for us. It was a distinct pleasure to travel to Calgary, Alberta last week to speak at a conference jointly held by Calvary Grace Church, a thriving urban church plant, and the Council on Biblical Manhood [Read More...]

“American Sniper” Shows Virtuous Manhood in Action

The movie American Sniper is not only January’s most successful movie ever (over $105 million during MLK weekend). It’s a cultural battleground. Some have decried it, saying that it depicts killing in righteous terms, which is categorically wrong. This is no small matter; The New Republic opposed it, and the critic hadn’t even seen the movie. For others, [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...]

Training the Next Generation to Be Men and Women

We live in strange days. Many of my parental peers are not training their boys and girls to be men and women. They’re helping their little tykes select their gender, as ABC News recently reported. It’s increasingly considered oppressive and unkind to dare to give boys a sense of manhood and girls a sense of [Read More...]

Best of 2014

The web is democratized, right? This means, by my lights, that I get to do a “Best of 2014″ list. My list, defined by “magnificently arbitrary criteria” (I steal this marvelous phrase from the class syllabus of New Testament scholar D. A. Carson), ranges over culture, theology, basketball, and rap. The good stuff, you know. 1. [Read More...]

Men Stand in the Middle: On Ray Rice and the Dignity of Women

The horrifying footage of Ray Rice punching his fiancee Janay (now his wife) has now traveled around the world. Rice was originally suspended for two games for this act of abuse. Now, after the video was leaked, he’s been cut from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended from the NFL. Some have defended him. He deserves [Read More...]

The Practicality of Christlike Headship

It’s no secret that the biblical term “head” and the theological concept “headship” are not popular today. This is true because they elegantly explain the husband’s role in marriage. He is head of his wife according to Ephesians 5:22-33. I just wrote a piece entitled “10 Ways to Exercise Christlike Headship” for the Council on [Read More...]

These Are the Men Who Took the Cliffs: On D-Day and Martial Virtue

Ronald Reagan’s speech on June 6, 1984 at Normandy ranks as one of the greatest speeches in American history. Here is the full text, which includes the famous line, “These are the boys of Ponte Du Hoc.” My favorite comes just after: “These are the men who took the cliffs.” Peggy Noonan, the speechwriter, reflected [Read More...]

5 Quick Thoughts on Manhood and Sports

I just had the opportunity to publish an essay with The Gospel Coalition on football, “warrior culture,” and manhood. It’s stirred the pot, because I make the argument that warrior culture and biblical manhood are not the same thing. They do not lead to the same result. The article’s drawn a heated response from some. [Read More...]


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