The Revolution Demands Unconditional Surrender

The terms of moral surrender have been delivered to believers; they are absolute and unconditional.

How to deal with the losers? Here we meet the reality of liberal judgment in a day of liberal ascendancy. Tushnet argues that conservatives should now be met with a hard line and a demand for total surrender—no accommodation whatsoever. Don’t even try to be nice to moral enemies, Tushnet commands, since their arguments have... Continue Reading

Questioning a Question: A False Dichotomy that Isn’t

Is there a false dichotomy between orthodoxy (right doctrine) and orthopraxis (right practice)?

First, there is and ought to be a priority of orthodoxy over orthopraxy for the simple reason that there can be no God-pleasing orthopraxy without orthodoxy. In the New Testament the indicative (what is – the facts) goes before the imperative (what should be – the commands). This is evident as well in the Old... Continue Reading

Asking, Seeking, Knocking

When you pray, be a suppliant, be a seeker, and be serious. True prayer demands all three.

Literally translated, it would read, “Keep on asking and it will be given to you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and it will be opened to you” (v. 7). All three verbs are present imperatives, and it is likely that they are much more than just a repetition of the... Continue Reading

Cornelius Van Til Ruined America? A Response To Molly Worthen

Who knew theologian Cornelius Van Til is the reason for the demise of American society?

In her efforts to discredit conservative evangelicals, Worthen overreaches. Van Til is not the “forerunner of modern cultural relativism.” Van Til believed in God-defined objective reality, and held that everyone can see true things and come to right conclusions. It is only, however, when we presuppose that God is the foundation of truth that we... Continue Reading

We Few, We Miserable Few

Claremont students’ missive misses the mark.

The manifest, written by “We, few of the Black students here at Pomona College and the Claremont Colleges,” was triggered by a statement on academic freedom by outgoing Pomona College President David Oxtoby.  Oxtoby’s statement in turn responded to a student blockade that tried to shut down a talk on policing I was supposed to... Continue Reading

The Crisis of Western Civ

The faith in the West collapsed from within. It’s amazing how slow people have been to rise to defend it.

This Western civ narrative came with certain values — about the importance of reasoned discourse, the importance of property rights, the need for a public square that was religiously informed but not theocratically dominated. It set a standard for what great statesmanship looked like. It gave diverse people a sense of shared mission and a... Continue Reading

When Anger Rears Its Ugly Head

My hope is found in embracing what the Spirit is doing in me as I fight against evil and my flesh.

My hope for our marriage is found in surrendering to the work he is doing in our hearts as we fight for good.  I find hope for my kids in believing they will see more of Jesus as they watch their parents struggle with anger and fight to believe the gospel in front of them,... Continue Reading

Questioning a False Dichotomy

I am all for the pursuit of biblical and robust orthodoxy. Then why not an equally robust orthopraxy?

Is there a contradiction between affirming male elders and being concerned that harmful ideas about gender may contribute to harmful responses to domestic abuse? Absolutely not. Can I love the doctrine of God and speak up about racial attitudes and divisions? Yes, and amen. Why should I have to choose between orthodoxy and orthopraxy? There... Continue Reading

Are Women Human in Christian Academia?

I am so grateful that my male colleagues have not marginalized me

“It isn’t surprising that Karen Swallow Prior’s article, not to mention the criticism that followed it, caught my attention. It made me think about the implications of the Billy Graham rule for women in Christian academia. It also made me think about the words of another famous Christian who died just a few years after... Continue Reading

The Strange Encouragement of the Church’s Appalling History

The story of Church is full of light, but there is an undeniable dark side that we need to accept as well.

An honest reading of church history also makes the Bible’s history far more applicable. There is no hint of a whitewash of Israel in Genesis or Judges, 1 Kings or 2 Chronicles. The story of the early church is full of great achievements alongside rifts, squabbles, betrayals, and disappointments. Scripture paints God’s people as a... Continue Reading