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…]

Keller and Kuyper – The Point

Maybe they should rename their award. Princeton Theological Seminary just reversed the decision to recognize Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan, for his church-planting and public witness. Seminary president, Craig Barnes, explained that awarding Keller the Kuyper Prize—named after Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper, would imply that the seminary endorses Keller’s views on women’s ordination [Read More…]

The Slippery Slope ̶F̶a̶l̶l̶a̶c̶y̶ Fact: How We Started Eating Each Other

Somewhere around 2014 midterms, the intemperate drives of the Left and Right both reached a critical mass, and something broke loose. 2015: Videos surface showing Planned Parenthood sells human body parts. The Supreme Court redefines marriage to include homosexuals. A movie about sadomasochism makes half a billion dollars. A man dressed as a woman appears [Read More…]

Paper-Thin Propaganda – The Point

Who thought up this advertising campaign? Brawny paper towels has launched a new “Strength Has No Gender” campaign. The packaging features a flannel-clad woman in place of the brand’s iconic lumberjack. It goes along with a commercial that highlights female pioneers in science, civil rights, suffrage, aviation, and the like, all “breaking barriers.” Celebrating female pioneers [Read More…]

National Geographic: ‘Stand Behind the Facts’ – The Point

Wait—stand with what, now? National Geographic is running an ad on Facebook featuring the caption, “Stand behind the facts. Stand with science. Stand for the planet,” and then below that, “Subscribe to National Geographic for just $12.” It’s good advertising. But how will subscribing to this magazine help facts, science, or the planet in light [Read More…]

Conservatives: Beware Reverse-Chronological Snobbery

We’ve all seen it. A progressive and a conservative are crossing swords on some subject of contemporary importance, and the progressive reaches for the old standby: “Your views are antiquated. It’s 2017. Time to move on.” C. S. Lewis and Owen Barfield coined the phrase “chronological snobbery” to describe this rhetorical move. It’s a variant on [Read More…]