Josh Barro: “Stamp Out” Those Who Disagree with LGBT Advocates

My friend Andrew Walker and I just wrote a piece for National Review entitled “‘Stamp Them Out’: On Josh Barro and the New Sexual Moralism.” Here’s what it’s about: Last night, New York Times reporter Josh Barro tweeted out a disturbing message: “Anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible for people in all sorts of communities. They linger and oppress, and we need to stamp [Read More...]

Essay for The Atlantic: When Is a Royal Baby a Fetus?

Here’s the opening from an essay I just wrote for The Atlantic online about the “royal baby” born just a few days ago: This week, as the U.K.’s Prince William and Kate Middleton were expecting their child at any moment, the impending birth received a galaxy’s worth of media coverage. That the child would be heir to [Read More...]

Harvard-Graduated and Pro-Life: A Christian Woman Responds to Wendy Davis’s Work

Prisca LeCroy just wrote a beautiful pro-life essay for The Atlantic entitled “My Mother Regretted Her Abortion” that responds to a recent pro-abortion New York Times piece by Beth Matusoff Merfish. In her NYT essay, Merfish cheers on the efforts of Texas senator Wendy Davis to defeat a pro-life bill. Prisca, like her godly mother, is a remarkable woman: [Read More...]

The Importance of An Actual Personal Lecture

Saw this in a terrific piece on class lecturing at The Atlantic. In an age gravitating toward online education, essays like this deserve careful consideration. Richard Gunderman, a professor at Indiana University, offers these thoughts on the unique contribution of a live, personal lecture: The core purpose of a great lecturer is not primarily to transmit [Read More...]

Why Aren’t Millennials Buying Cars?

The Atlantic has an interesting story by Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann in its September 2012 issue entitled “The Cheapest Generation.”  It details how “Millennials” aren’t making major purchases that once served as benchmarks of personal maturity. Here’s a snatch about how Ford is trying to solve this problem and sell cars to young consumers: [Read More...]

Jared Compton of Detroit Seminary on Women Having it All

My friend Jared Compton, finishing a PhD on Hebrews under D. A. Carson at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, just published a thoughtful and constructive blog on Theologically Driven, the excellent faculty blog of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. Jared wrote about biblical womanhood, riffing off the recent Atlantic essay by Anne-Marie Slaughter that explored why modern women still, [Read More...]

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? An Atlantic Essay

The Atlantic has a long and engrossing new essay on the isolary nature of Facebook by Stephen Marche.  I’ve written about this before and thought this article worth considering. Here’s a bit: We are living in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible. Over [Read More...]

He Wins Because of God: Essay on Tebow for The Atlantic

Tim Tebow is America’s most popular athlete.  Pretty incredible for a guy who was (un)hailed as the second coming of Ryan Leaf. A month ago, I wrote on Tebow and John Calvin for the Gospel Coalition.  Just today, The Atlantic has published an essay I wrote on Tebow.  It’s on how to assess what it means [Read More...]

Evangelical Gnostics and the Mind-improving Nature of Physical Exercise

This snippet from the NYT Well blog should encourage you to get whatever exercise you can in these winter months: To learn more about how exercise affects the brain, scientists in Ireland recently asked a group of sedentary male college students to take part in a memory test followed by strenuous exercise. First, the young [Read More...]

Does Alternative Medicine Work Better Than Normal Medicine?

If you’re like me, you’re pretty skeptical about that loaded question.  A recent story in The Atlantic made me think more about this subject, though.  David H. Freedman’s “The Triumph of New-Age Medicine,” from the July 2011 issue, makes the case for alternative medicine more persuasively than I’ve heard it.  You may be skeptical at this [Read More...]


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