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February 12, 2019
Gutting Creation of Meaning Guts Scripture
Well, I'm back. Sorry for the long absence. I was pretty busy, first preparing to...
June 13, 2018
Is This Evangelicalism’s Red-Pill Moment?
Generally speaking, evangelicals believe you can separate form from content. You can take meaning—what I...
October 23, 2017
Christianity is a Record-Keeping Religion
Naturally we'd all like to forget some things: our failures, our sins, our stupid remarks....
July 05, 2017
Marriage Is the End of the World
There is a deep and unalterable connection between this world and the next. And that...
June 26, 2017
We are not social atoms. Churches must stop pretending we are.
You could say that the modern world reduced things to atoms, and when it came...
June 23, 2017
How do you “make a culture”?
A few years back there was a flash of enthusiasm among people who read books...
June 06, 2017
Flannery O’Connor and the Meaning of the World
I've been reading essays from Flannery O'Connor's occasional prose. Since I write fiction, I'm interested...
April 06, 2017
Theological Foundations of the Family: Infant Baptism
Largely it is axiomatic among libertarians that human institutions are fictions and only individuals are...
March 24, 2017
Return to Fruitfulness, that’s an Order
By their fruits you shall know them. Matthew 7:16 The hermeneutics of suspicion have made...
March 17, 2017
Why the cultural mandate comes first
Genesis 1:26-28 (ESV) 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have...
March 15, 2017
Theological Foundations of the Family: Father Abraham
The spirit of Marcion is with us to the present day. Marcion you may recall...
February 25, 2017
Theological Foundations of the Family: Priestly Fatherhood
Christian family-based religious life is so dissimilar to the practices of biblical patriarchs there are...
February 16, 2017
Theological Foundations of the Family: Corporate Personality
I have long suspected that the real reason American evangelicals are so ignorant about the...
January 24, 2017
I Am Weary of the World-Weariness of the Unaccomplished
The best way to avoid disappointment is to not even try. Life is struggle. Jacob...
December 07, 2016
Families: No Room in the Church-Inn
I just finished reading a book that I've been commissioned to review for Touchstone Magazine....
November 03, 2016
Children and Household Religion
Years ago a Haitian pastor asked me, "Why do white people hate children?" When I...
November 01, 2016
Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle: What Will Become of Our Work?
Leaf by Niggle is a personal favorite. It's right up there with Smith of Wootton...
October 27, 2016
Put Your Kids to Work, Go Ahead, They’ll Thank You for It
Some people apparently believe that children are better off when they're useless. I got a...
October 18, 2016
Story-telling and Sovereignty
When my daughter was a little girl she didn't like stories with bad-guys in them....
October 14, 2016
Slavery and You: Why You’re Not as Free as You Think
Laws often trail practices, not the other way around. In most slave-keeping societies the law...
September 29, 2016
New Testament Household Codes: Embarrassing or Enlightening?
In my old church we never read the household codes. (The church I'm referring to...
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Tales of the Sublime: They aren’t Safe, but They Can be Good
G. K. Chesterton once spoke of nature as our "little sister" and C. S. Lewis...
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The Narrative Thread I Followed in Mark 11:1-12:17
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