Month: February 2018


Shaking John Piper’s Hand

Yesterday I shook John Piper's hand for the first time. It was a big moment for me. There are many things I could say here about what Piper's books and sermons and articles have meant for me over the past 10 years or so, but I'll try to summarize it like this: At 21 years…

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“There, We Must Die”

Philosophy may expand our ideas of creation, but it neither inspires a love to the moral character of the Creator, nor a well-grounded hope of eternal life. Philosophy at most can only place us upon the top of Pisgah—there, like Moses, we must die. It gives us no possession of the good land: it is…

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The Wrong Spite of History

Social media doesn't usually shock me, but it got me this week. I was genuinely taken aback by the bile and viciousness I saw toward Billy Graham and his family from progressives, especially LGBT progressives. What I saw in dozens of tweets from accounts with shiny blue checkmarks was hatred of the simplest and most…

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When C.S. Lewis Met Billy Graham

Billy Graham passed this morning. I recommend Christianity Today's special coverage of their founder. There is arguably no more important evangelical in American history than Billy Graham. And yet, as my friend Justin Taylor remarked this morning, Graham's righteousness is the exact same righteousness of every other Christian. His robes are our robes, the robes…

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The Cynical J.K. Rowling

For the past decade, J.K. Rowling's relationship to her own work has been incredibly cynical and stunningly mercenary. As a serious fan of the Harry Potter books, I'm thankful for her obvious talents and the richness and beauty of the mythology she's made. Her mammoth wealth and fame is just. What is much harder to…

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Big Little Lies

David Frum stays very concerned about the Trump administration's habit of lying. We know this, because he regularly tweets and writes about it. Frum's not joking around, here. Presidents and their partisans shouldn't lie, and when they do lie, as Frum frequently notes, the public trust is harmed. I wish Frum could apply this love…

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Pop culture

Why There Will Be More Harvey Weinsteins Here's why people like Harvey Weinstein will continue to burn their way through bodies in Hollywood. Every time someone whispers the mere suggestion that free-flowing sexual nihilism is actually maybe kinda bad, there are a dozen Brian Koppelmans who come out of their seats telling them they just hate women. I'm guessing Salma…

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Undone In a Minute

If you still don't think adultery can utterly destroy a man's life work, you would do well to contemplate the recent resignation and confession of Larry Taunton. I've never met him, but I greatly admired his 2016 book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens. Since that book was published, Taunton has spent a lot of time…

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