Race in America and the American Church

Part 9: Unity through Diversity Now

While we rightly seek eschatological unity, when we strive to have things go our way rather than God’s, our attempts often bring exactly the opposite of what we are seeking. If our churches and congregations impatiently seek the eschatological unity of Ephesians 4 by forcing diverse congregations into the world’s universal mold for achieving unity,... Continue Reading

Advice to Guys Who Want to Date My Daughters

With a cultural war on manhood, you have lost markers that give you confidence.

Let’s start with your heart motivation. Since I am assuming that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then like all things, you are to do this to bring glory of God. And to do that you should start with the right motivation. Specifically, you should: “Treat younger women as sisters with absolute purity.”(1Timothy 5:2).  ... Continue Reading

Why Aren’t Men Reading Women Writers?

I have often observed this about Christian publishing: Men write for men and women; women write for women.

Why are publishers asking women to write books only directed for women, even when the topic applies equally to men and women? Ay, there’s the rub. I think this merits some further thought, and while we may lay the blame in many different places, I expect the most straightforward answer comes down to basic economics.   ... Continue Reading

When Everything is a Gender Question

Perhaps what the church needs more than anything today is a reassessment of the doctrine of church offices

When conservative churches start to give “non-ordained” men the functional leadership roles that God has reserved for ordained officers of the church, they have made leadership a gender issue rather than a God-defined social construct. When progressive churches put non-ordained women into functional leadership roles that God has reserved for ordained officers, they defend their... Continue Reading

A Call to Thoughtful Vigilance

The apostolic warning to be vigilant was not just for the Ephesian church; it is a necessary warning for every church in every age.

Evangelical churches today, however, are far less troubled by the serious doctrinal errors that divide them than they were in the 1920s. They are less vigilant than they were then. The church generally has not learned the lesson of confessionalism. Doctrinal knowledge, biblical understanding, and disciplined Christian living seem to have declined rather than advanced... Continue Reading

The 25 Best Icebreaker Questions For Team-Building At Work

The key to building trust is to ask questions that help everyone get to know each other

We put a lot of thought (over four years worth of research and fine-tuning!) into crafting get-to-know-you questions that would be as non-cheesy as possible, and elicit meaningful and memorable responses from the team. I get emails all the time from CEOs who’ll tell me, “Wow, Claire, I had no idea this question would get... Continue Reading

Why Transgenderism Threatens Parental Rights

We still have an opportunity to protect the rights of parents before the Court decides the state, rather than parents, should decide what’s best for our children

Scalia told an audience at Georgetown University Law Center there is no U.S. constitutional right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children. Although Scalia believes the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children is among the “unalienable rights” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, it is not a right necessarily... Continue Reading

12 Major Lessons God has Taught me in 38 Years of Marriage

When tempted to get frustrated at your spouse trust the Lord – he is at work in both of you and he will finish his work.

What am I doing for my wife? Am I serving her? Am I trying to please her? When I focus on myself rather than my wife, I can see plenty of areas I need to grow in. If I focus on myself and where I should be pleasing my wife, I’m not going to be... Continue Reading

Digital Technology is Killing our Relationships

"A report suggests that more than two hours of social media use a day doubled the chances of a person experiencing social isolation."

We live in a world of false realities. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest all offer an alternate view of who we are as individuals. We can tweet spiritual tweets and show off our immaculate houses or perfectly cooked food on Instagram. We can either judge or feel judged as we scan our Facebook timelines, and... Continue Reading

The Point of Being Presbyterian

Keep it simple, keep it biblical, and remember you are a sinner coming in the presence of a holy God. You don’t even need to wear dirt on your forehead.

I guess this points to something a little more mysterious, a little more cosmic, something with a little more umph than your average Protestant service which — oh by the way — only relies upon the inspired and infallible word of God, recorded, written, and given over five centuries before anyone dreamed of using ashes... Continue Reading