What kind of alliance is possible between secularists and believers, and to what end?
When believers who have different approaches to the city of man can experience and feel a deep sense of unity around Christ and his kingdom, and when this unity so shapes us that we cannot but prefer one another, then we can and ought to think about joining cause with unbelievers against destructive and utopian civic religion. ... Continue Reading
Heaven’s Splendor vs. The World’s Allure, Pt. 2 (Rev 4:8-11)
For those with ears to hear it, the heavenly anthem drowns out all music but its own.
When the world presents us a choice between economic security and influence, on the one hand, and society’s margins and shadows, on the other, how exactly will we resist the world’s siren song? If the seven letters of Rev 2–3 are any indication, it’s hard for most of the congregations of Christ’s church to... Continue Reading
If You Could See What You Will Be
As difficult as it may be to grasp or believe that God will glorify us, it is all the more startling to learn that, in some real sense, he already has.
When we look back on our lives with the eyes and strength of redeemed bodies, weakness will likely be a faint and pleasant memory, like sleepless newborn nights. Pleasant, because we will be able to see just how much the pain and inconvenience of our weaknesses exalted his comfort, power, and love. Some of... Continue Reading
Character, or Competence?
Timeless principles for how we approach ideal leadership.
In the evangelical world, we often claim that we care about character, but too often this amounts to nothing more than surface level box-checking on hot button policies. Often times, that is all we can look at or know. But we need to be wary of a feverish tribalism which embraces anyone who self-identifies as... Continue Reading
The Next Frontier in the Sexual Revolution
Many have relinquished their roles as parents, trusting the experts to indoctrinate their children.
Sexualized childhood is the next frontier for the sexual revolution. It comes in the sheep’s clothing of pregnancy prevention and healthy lifestyles, but it is a wolf. It promises to disorder human sexual relations—and to undermine what remains of our marital and family ethic and subvert civilization itself. What if the sexual revolution is... Continue Reading
Wanted: Pastors with Courage
Those who take the easy way always think they can come up with a better Christianity.
Courage has always been hard. It often means persecution. But it also frees us from something far worse—fear of man, which is a prison of its own. Pastors have many reasons to be afraid in these troubled times. COVID has divided their congregations between those who want to reopen the churches and those who... Continue Reading
What Lewis and Chesterton Can Teach Us about Tyranny and Freedom
These two intellectual and literary giants can help us further appreciate freedom and democracy.
Many great thinkers and writers of the past could be appealed to here, but two of my all-time favourites will suffice: C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton. Both had much to say about these topics. Now, more than ever, with freedom and democracy teetering on the brink in so many places – especially... Continue Reading
California Transgender Inmates Will Be Separated According to Their Gender Identity
Guards required to use preferred pronouns.
State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who authored the bill signed by Newsom, said transgender people are the ones who are routinely victimized in prison. Transgender inmates in California will now be housed according to their gender identity thanks to a new law signed Saturday by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA). The law states that... Continue Reading
Holy Is Who You Are
A Missing Weapon in the War Against Sin
For now, of course, we are not yet as holy as we long to be. But holiness is our destiny: whole-souled contentment, expansive love, brilliant joy, perfect peace. If you are in Christ, the desire for holiness is woven into your spiritual DNA. You have learned to say with the old prayer, “Sin is... Continue Reading
What is the Church and Why is it Necessary?
Believers are “gathered into one under Christ the head.”
The visible church is the means through which we must hear of and believe in Christ, so that we can become members of the invisible church. As we examine this subject, we must remember that visible and invisible are two aspects of a single church, rather than two distinct churches (Eph. 2:11-13, 19-22). Many... Continue Reading