LifePop cultureTheology

The Bible Is Not a Slideshow For Your Hot Take

The suicide of a public figure almost invariably triggers a cringe-worthy season in the evangelical blogosphere. Time after time, Christian writers succumb to the temptation to wring a tragedy for its newsworthiness, then smash out a 700-word blog about it. At that point it almost doesn't matter what the blog says. Meaning is irrelevant. The…

Read More
CultureTheology

Orthodoxy, Sexuality, and the Local Church

James K.A. Smith's post about orthodoxy, Christian creeds, and sexuality has provoked much commentary, most of it far more thoughtful than anything I could write here. I agree with Smith's critics that his case against labeling revisionist sexual theology as "heresy" is weak and relies on a reductionistic appreciation of doctrinal formulations. I don't necessarily…

Read More
LifeMusingTheology

No Divination Against Israel

When Balak the king of Moab sees the victory of the Israelites against the Amorites, he calls for one of his oracles, Balaam (Numbers 22-24). "Curse this people for me, " he says, "since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for…

Read More
BooksCultureTheology

God Is & God Does

I've been reading Joe Rigney's The Things of Earth: Treasuring God By Enjoying His Gifts, and cannot recommend it too highly. For me Joe's contemplations have been like cold spring water on a thick August afternoon. For years I have felt like something was missing in my understanding of how to love the things God…

Read More
CultureeducationLGBT

Not Quite a Waterloo

Carl Trueman writes that the oncoming crisis for Christian higher education is a "Waterloo" for traditional religious belief in our culture. Well, yes--and no. Over at the Patreon blog, I offer some mitigating perspective. Here's an excerpt: By calling higher education the Christian cultural "Waterloo," Trueman has invested an enormous amount of belief in the…

Read More
Uncategorized

The Work, and Worth, of Writing

I've come to fervently believe that, especially as it pertains to the digital age, you get what you pay for. Many of us millennials, reaping the harvest of the emergence of the Internet, have been raised to expect much for free. The democratization of information that led to the "online writing economy" generated an ocean…

Read More
CulturePoliticsPop culture

Gotta Serve Somebody

When a friend sent me the link to this essay by a progressive bookstore employee, whose aching moral dilemma is whether to sell a book he disagrees with politically, my response was simple. I said, "American progressive culture has become mid-1990s homeschool chain email culture." Here's what I mean by that. Growing up in a…

Read More
CultureLifeTheology

Why I Quote C.S. Lewis So Much

I don't have to do any research to know that C.S. Lewis is the most quoted person in my own writing. It's not close. In a given span of 5 blogs or essays, I would estimate that at least 1-2 will at some point cite Lewis in some way (whether paragraph quote or a simple…

Read More
CultureMusingRandom

A Modesty Proposal

Here's how to end once and for all the evangelical "modesty war" Get the Right side of the debate to admit that women aren't inherent stumbling blocks and that sexual purity is not the greatest good. In response, the Left side of the debate acknowledges that the Bible has the right to command how we…

Read More