Racial Reconciliation: What We (Mostly, Almost) All Agree On, and What We (Likely) Still Don’t Agree On

A list of areas we may mostly agree on and areas we may probably still don’t agree on.

And finally, maybe a list like this can help us put our arguments in the appropriate categories. Let me be clear: all of the disagreements above are important, and Christians should be engaged in all of these debates. By laying out these disagreements, I’m not suggesting we now ignore them or act as if no... Continue Reading

Messianic Politics

I cringe when I hear/read political advocacy which says something like, “If Jesus was alive today, he would support this policy …”

Whenever we cite Jesus in support of the political causes we care about, let’s do so honestly, in keeping with what he actually said and did in this world. If we give Scripture honest and humble inquiry, the risen Christ may well bless us such that we’re not seeking to sign him up to support... Continue Reading

Study: Atheists Find Meaning In Life By Inventing Fairy Tales

Atheists often snidely dismiss religion as a fairy tale. Yet a study finds the meaning atheists and non-religious people attribute to their lives is entirely self-invented.

But apparently many atheists and non-religious people have a hunger for meaning and a sense of moral rectitude that their worldview cannot satisfy. Sure, they are free to invent their own meaning and morality, but then they should be honest and admit that their meaning and morality has no advantage over the meaning or morality... Continue Reading

When Hot-Button Issues Cry Out to Young Pastors

It takes a long time to skillfully speak about hot-button issues. It takes even longer to speak skillfully about hot-button issues in a godly way.

We must be careful that the pulpit is not used for hot-button issues over simple, surrendered exposition. It’s harder to do the latter, though. There is a tendency in younger pastors to assume that Bible exposition doesn’t seem to scratch raging social itches. Perhaps even worse, there is also a tendency in younger pastors to... Continue Reading

Is Political Agreement Necessary to Gospel Reconciliation?

Should we sever our communion and shared labor for the gospel over cultural/political disagreements?

If skin color and cultural/political viewpoints are to determine our lines of shared worship and gospel labor, where is Christ in our priorities? This was a question that has rightly been asked of white Christians, whose sin of racism demanded a color-coded worship. I also fear it needs to be asked of some African-American brothers and... Continue Reading

The Noose of History

We cannot lynch the body of Christ with the noose of history for some sense of personal satisfaction.

I think it behooves us to acknowledge when this historical record has wrapped a noose around our necks and circumvents seeing present-day realities with sober judgment. This is where past transgressions dictate our interactions such that all we can see is the oppression of the past and want to impose that on the present. Sadly,... Continue Reading

How Orthodox Presbyterians Became PCA

Considering what happened to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) after the failure of union between the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and the OPC.

In other words, the consequences of Reformed ecumenism from the 1970s and 1980s were having consequences for all of the players — the CRC, OPC, and PCA. Where Presbyterians went, their forms of association, and their understanding of the church were factors in the witness they embraced.   Another way to supplement Chris Gordon’s post about the... Continue Reading

Three Steps to Better Doctrinal Disagreements

Far too many disagreements today are more personal than they should be

“As we have seen with the sexual revolution, people routinely identify their beliefs with themselves, not separate from themselves. Increasingly, this even occurs with Christians. It is harder than ever to have a discussion about the merits—and only the merits—of a point of view, but this is exactly what we must try to do.”  ... Continue Reading

When Psychological “Science” Defines Biblical Cosmology

A religion is valid if it expresses “tolerance;” it is to be silenced if it expresses “prejudice.”

The great danger is that the state, in classic Marxist fashion, and in the name of psychological science, will take on the religious role of defining the “true” mystery of human life and will impose that definition on other religious views of human life, punishing by the power of the state those who disagree. A... Continue Reading

“Kill the Cool Girl.”

What will we hold onto if not our stereotypes?

A lot of us are so hellbent on being countercultural that we’ll accept a shoddy substitute for biblical truth as long as it counters the prevailing narrative. It has brought us to a place where we’re completely handicapped without an extra-biblical set of rules. If we can’t define godly femininity in terminology that tells us... Continue Reading