March 26, 2018

We in the West must constantly seek out reminders of what real hardship looks like. Last week I was given a screener for “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” starring Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” as well as James Faulkner from “Downton Abbey.” This biblical movie was just such a reminder, not only of what it’s like to endure persecution for the name of Christ, but of the fact that the Apostles and early Christians were… Read more

March 13, 2018

Christianity really is the answer key to the human experience. This is nowhere truer than it is in the experience of sex. I have an Eastern Orthodox friend (you can read his blog, here), with whom I have spent countless hours in conversation about the Bible, creation, science, symbolism, and for lack of a better term, the mysticism of everyday life. He’ll tell anyone who will listen that reading Reformed theologian James Jordan’s “Through New Eyes” changed his life, and… Read more

March 7, 2018

I’m reading (and thoroughly enjoying) Benjamin Wiker’s “10 Books that Screwed Up the World (And 5 Others that Didn’t Help).” The chapter on Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good and Evil” was beyond good (sorry). In truth it was cursory. This is a popular-level and somewhat tongue-in-cheek treatment of a lot of very complex ideas. One should (and I intend) to read Nietzsche’s work firsthand. But Wiker is as  thorough as his medium will allow, and based on his sketch of Nietzsche, I… Read more

February 22, 2018

Yesterday, Billy Graham finished his course on this earth full of years—ninety-nine to be exact. Graham was a man who profoundly impacted not only this country but the world for the better part of a century. He ministered to every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement, even posting bail for Martin Luther King Jr., and appeared on Gallup’s list of most admired men and women more often than anyone else in… Read more

February 19, 2018

A few weeks ago, I wrote about what I call the “abortion-juke,” which is the use of the unborn to short-circuit all other important moral debates. It’s usually deployed by conservatives during an election when they face a choice between deeply-flawed candidates. It’s a way of whitewashing the lesser of the two evils, or of imposing a moral duty on other pro-lifers to support a candidate despite serious failings. More generally, it’s used to silence valid moral objections on other… Read more

February 9, 2018

Another prominent Christian leader has confessed to inappropriate behavior with two young women on his ministry’s staff, and resigned. It’s the latest stroke in a seemingly endless drumbeat of similar confessions and resignations. The list of Christian men in ministry, whether pastors or apologists or speakers or authors, who have been caught in the net of sexual sin over the last few years is dizzying. It’s nauseating. It’s a punch in the gut. Whatever the actual statistics, the merciless repetition… Read more

February 5, 2018

Homeschoolers: guilty until proven innocent. Read more

January 24, 2018

One of the less astute canards in Reformed circles is the idea that C. S. Lewis taught a ransom theory of the atonement. Read more

January 13, 2018

Not every conversation is about abortion. Read more

January 8, 2018

It begins to look very much as if consent, by its lonesome, is not a workable sexual ethic. Something else is required. Read more

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