She’s Got Questions; I’ve Got Answers: 3 Questions, 3 Answers

Is American civil religion (combining Christianity and patriotism resulting in regarding America as "God's chosen people") on the rise?

Is it an issue having to do with the doctrine, worship, practice, and government of the church? Then approach it as a citizen of the heavenly colony on earth. Is it an issue having to do with society or government? It’s very likely there is no divine mandate. So you approach the issue as a... Continue Reading

Patriot-olotry: The Intersection of Theology and Politics

The Gospel must be bigger than our patriotism.

During the 2012 presidential election cycle, Republican nominee Mitt Romney often referred to the United States as “the greatest hope in the world.” This view of American politics and patriotism cloaked in theology is what I call Patriot-olatry. It is a worshiping of one’s country and a particular political agenda as if it were the... Continue Reading

The End Of Free Speech

Mobs threaten violence and lectures are cancelled; public parades are called off at the threat of physical disruption.

If there is any issue that may not be discussed, free speech is meaningless. The loss of free speech will not go away if such crucial issues of identity form an inviolable central core of those retreating to their “safe spaces.” But we must not bury this issue, for it speaks to who we are.... Continue Reading

The Kidification of America: On the Goodness of Maturity

Contra our narcissistic culture, you find yourself when you find God.

We’ve grown up in a feelings-driven, truth-averse, trigger-happy culture. We’ve been told that we’re only authentically human when we “express ourselves,” whatever that means. We’ve witnessed the breakdown of the family as adults dissolve lifelong bonds over a few afternoon court dates.   The way to stand out today is this: to hunger to be... Continue Reading

The Revenge of Analog Discipleship

Disciple-making is accomplished by modelers, not just messengers

“There is no such thing as digital-only discipleship. It’s all analog, because we are embodied people who long for real life community that goes beyond virtual hangouts. Furthermore, pursuing knowledge apart from relationship can become a vice instead of a virtue, the kind of knowledge that puffs up but does not edify.”   Is digital... Continue Reading

Sleep Disorders & the Glory of God

Whether you battle with sleeplessness or care for someone who does, here are a few thoughts on sleep disorders and the glory of God

The hope for anyone and everyone with sleep disorders is the sinless life, propitiatory death, resurrection, and ascension of the biblical Jesus Christ. We are not guaranteed sleep, health, or comfort in this world. No one and no thing can ultimately provide that. We live between Genesis 3 and Revelation 20. Everything is thorned and thistled.... Continue Reading

Staying Home with Kids vs. Second Income

But Paul knew nothing of the Industrial Revolution. When he exhorted Titus to have the older women in Crete to teach younger women how, among other things, “to be workers at home” (Titus 2:5), he was speaking into a situation in which almost 85 percent of industry happened in a domestic setting. People knew no... Continue Reading

5 Things Your Wife Wishes You Knew (But Might Never Tell You)

The work of the home is mundane, ordinary, and often doesn’t bear fruit until years later

“It’s hard when the work is where you live. It’s hard when the work includes the people you love the most. Some days she may swing between feeling like she may explode and feeling guilty that she needs a little time away. Anticipating her need for rest will serve her, and will also give weight... Continue Reading

A Needed Perspective on Race and the Church

The Scripture provides the church with a peculiar vocabulary with which to discuss matters of sin, division, and strife.

  Dr. Williams also addresses the problem of applying categories of thought borrowed from secular academics to issues related to race and racial reconciliation within the church. One of the things that has caused concern among many who are reading the material on race being written within the neo-reformed community is that much of it... Continue Reading

Christianity, Protestantism, and Education

Two themes would play an important role in shaping Protestant ideas about education: the breakdown of the sacred/secular divide, and the priesthood of all believers.

But the Protestant emphasis on an educated clergy and the priesthood of all believers on the one hand, and the reduction in the sacred/secular divide on the other, made widespread education, including higher education, more important in the Protestant world than in much of the Catholic world. That education was intended not just for piety... Continue Reading