Donald Trump, the Christianity Today Editorial, and Its Fallout

How should Christians judge politics if it isn't on the basis of the sanctity of the politician and we cannot avoid morally compromised candidates?

“The only principle that makes sense is this: A candidate’s moral qualities are relevant only in how they relate to the achievement of a preponderance of good civil outcomes. Civil leaders, after all, are good civil leaders only to the extent that they produce good civil outcomes, so voting is for good civil outcomes. The... Continue Reading

(Anti)Virtue-Signaling

How can we publicly promote righteousness without being and sounding self-righteous?

With regard to the inevitability of implicit self-commendation in the public praise of God, we can blush a bit and say, with increasing sincerity as we walk with the Lord, that all praise properly belongs to him. What a wonder that he would use fallible, imperfect people such as we to accomplish his infallible, perfect... Continue Reading

9 Things You Should Know About Christmas

Nine things you should know about the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus

“Christmas” is a compound word originating in the term “Christ’s Mass,” derived from the Middle English Cristemasse; “Nativity”, meaning “birth”, is from Latin nātīvitās; in Old English, Gēola (“Yule”) referred to the period corresponding to January and December, which was eventually equated with Christian Christmas; “Noel” (or “Nowell”) entered English in the late 14th century... Continue Reading

5 Things Christians Should Never Say

Trying to be helpful, we often say things that are not biblically true.

To say something was a “God thing” seems to draw lines of distinction between what God is and is not involved in that Scripture itself does not draw. I rarely hear anyone use this phrase when speaking of a particularly difficult or trying or devastating circumstance. We generally apply it only to the victories. The truth... Continue Reading

Is It Sin To Vote For Trump Or How Understanding The Twofold Government Helps

The state is not the church and the president is not our national pastor.

America is not the Kingdom of God. One of the reasons that self-identified evangelicals are so fevered about Trump (both pro and con) is that they do not seem to be able to distinguish between the United States as a civil entity and the Kingdom of God. The visible, institutional church is the embassy of... Continue Reading

The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce of 1914: when, for a few brief hours, the Brits and the Germans left off their fighting and came together to celebrate Christmas.

As in 1914, so today: When the Christmas truce is over the world will go back to war. But the memory of that truce, and of the invitation to consider the baby of Bethlehem, will linger throughout the year. And in my experience, those who take time to accept the invitation will often find, to... Continue Reading

The Christianity Today Editorial on Trump: “We’re Not Like Those Evangelicals”

My sense is that evangelicalism has always been more sociologically than theologically determined, and I suppose it's appropriate that sociology is now the engine of its demolition.

Not to sound Marxist or anything, but I’m prepared to argue, using Peter Berger’s new-class thesis, that this is really about class warfare and that Trump came along at precisely the time when the class tensions between the information-economy-manipulators-of-symbolic-knowledge new class on the one hand and the entrepreneurial-class/working-class elements within evangelicalism were becoming acute.  ... Continue Reading

Christianity Today Took Aim At Trump, But It Only Hurt Itself

Christianity Today has suffered the same long, slow decline that has crippled “mainstream denominations.”

By injecting Christianity into that debate, Galli inevitably suggests (especially to the left, for whom it is convenient) that people of the Christian faith are, in fact, obliged to condemn Trump and support his impeachment. This is risible. It is irresponsible. It also proved irresistible.   After more than a quarter-century of occasionally attempting to... Continue Reading

The Flag in the Whirlwind: An Update from CT’s President

Why our editor in chief spoke out against Trump, and why the conversation must continue.

A table is a place of welcome, a place where bread is broken and friendships are forged. In a political landscape dominated by polarization, hostility, and misunderstanding, we believe it’s critical for Christians to model how to have a firm opinion and host free discussion at the same time. Evangelicals of different stripes cannot continue... Continue Reading

A Tendency Arising with Such Frequency I Suspect a Deeper Problem

We seem to repeatedly give pastorates to people who – in my view – fail the most basic part of being a pastor: actually caring about people.

Why are there so many in pastoral ministry who don’t seem to have much time for people? I’m not talking about introverts who would rather be on their own with a book here – not least because many of those guys are excellent with people and love them properly but find the energy they expend... Continue Reading