How Should We Understand the Left?

The progressive project is pure utopianism. You won’t understand anything or anyone on the left until you grasp this. The progressive worldview centers on the idea of inevitable moral evolution toward an ever-receding mirage of a perfect world where transcendent constraints are gone and human will reigns supreme. This is why appeals to tradition, history, [Read More…]

Purity Culture on Trial, Part 2: Love, Not License

Read part 1 here. Following my recent post on the victim culture that’s grown up around Josh Harris’ twenty-year-old book, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” John Ehrett wrote a guest post at Evangelical Pulpit taking up my challenge to produce Harris’ most troubling passages. Initially, I didn’t intend to respond, but since we’ve struck up a [Read More…]

Choosing Pets Over Kids Is A Psychiatric Disorder

If you grew up with dogs (as I did), you know that something bizarre and sad often happens when a mother dog loses her puppies. With hormones and maternal instinct coursing through her, she will frequently adopt inanimate objects as “replacement-puppies.” Usually, she chooses something like a boot, hat, or stuffed toy. Mother cats do [Read More…]

Cremation and Face App: Why Symbols Matter

Burning and crushing a body into powder says something about it. It has symbolic significance, and all mankind throughout all of history until very recently has understood this. [Read more…]

Purity Culture on Trial, Part 1 – The Backlash to the Backlash

This week a friend sent me a piece by Rebecca Calhoun at Christ and Pop Culture entitled “Moving Past the Purity Movement.” I’ve got to say, it’s one of the best and most insightful articles I’ve read on the subject. I found myself nodding in agreement and admiring Calhoun’s maturity and fair-mindedness. If anything, she [Read More…]

There Will Be Child Murderers in Heaven

Today a Facebook friend of mine shared a snarky meme from an atheist page. It was that popular painting of Jesus holding a toddler in a rose garden and pointing playfully at something. It looks like one of those kitschy pictures you find in Mormon pamphlets. I don’t know its origin. Whatever the case, it [Read More…]

On Holidays and Calvinist Curmudgeons

Reformed Christianity can seem sharply divided and at times schizophrenic on the issue of holidays and the church calendar. Many argue that strict application of the Regulative Principle of Worship outlined in our confessions of faith prohibits the observance of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Good Friday, Easter, etc. There is a great deal of piety-policing within [Read More…]

Should Christians Eat the Passover Seder? A Response to Christianity Today

Rabbis Yehiel Poupko and David Sandmel have an interesting piece in Christianity Today entitled, “Jesus Didn’t Eat a Seder Meal: Why Christians Shouldn’t, Either.” Their basic claim is that the Seder meal as celebrated at Passover by Jews the world over originated in the centuries following the destruction of Jerusalem and the birth of Christianity, [Read More…]

AP Forgot the Resurrection – The Point

It’s time for remedial Christianity 101. Mainstream newspapers and networks are clumsy when it comes to reporting religion. Terry Mattingly’s “Get Religion” blog is a longstanding catalogue of the press’s most embarrassing mistakes and misrepresentations. And this week, The Associated Press made the list again. In a story about the restoration of Jerusalem’s Church of the [Read More…]

People of the Internet: Stop Taking Everything Personally

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about what I call the “tyranny of exceptions.” Many people, when confronted with valid generalizations, are incapable of admitting the truth of these generalizations without immediately fleeing to exceptions. “Children do best with a mother and father” sparks the reflexive retort, “I was raised by a single mom, and [Read More…]