Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show

Performance with The Roots will be the first by a Christian rapper on late-night TV on Sept. 18

A 2013 CT cover story examined the leaders of Christian hip-hop and how the movement could call the American church back to the gospel—and hip-hop back to its roots. CT also spotlighted the centrality of Reformed theology to Christian hip-hop. One of Lecrae’s new songs, “Non-Fiction” name-drops pastor Tim Keller as well as CT executive editor Andy Crouch and his book Culture Making.   To borrow... Continue Reading

The Tragedy of False Accusation

We in the church should be relentless in our defense of innocent victims who are falsely accused

If our defense of innocent victims is to be credible, we should also defend and fully restore those exonerated after submitting to the humiliation and disruption of accusation and investigation. They should bear the consequences of their own sins, but not for the sins of a false accuser.   Because I sometimes write about Christian... Continue Reading

Preachers Heckle Students

Rev. Thornton’s presentation came on the heels of a hostile one

“Thornton, a pastor with the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship in Bristol, Tenn., was one of the religious speakers who presented in front of the library this week. Thornton’s presentation began around noon Wednesday. “I will preach, Lord willing, of both law and grace, heaven and hell,” Thorton said before his presentation. “I will preach that Jesus... Continue Reading

Believing Myths and Ignoring Facts

Our culture seems to have mistaken vehemence for substance, mockery for intelligent critique, sarcasm for valid conclusions

Somewhere in the midst of it we forgot to listen to each other, to attempt to walk in another person’s shoes, to see it from another’s perspective, to patiently wait to ascertain what is actually known rather than what is immediately assumed.  If we don’t rush to judgment there is not going to be anything... Continue Reading

On Dialog and Instruction

Browbeating was not the way of Jesus; he did not harangue; he compassionately sought to persuade

Dialog is illegitimate if the questioner has neither a sincere heart nor the humility to receive instruction. This is not to suggest that the other participant, the mature Christian, has all the answers or cannot learn from the one struggling. The only source of revealed truth is the written revelation of the Bible, not the... Continue Reading

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic: A Plea for Verification

Evangelical urban legends and myths; the need for verification

I’ll never forget the time I was sitting in a boarding gate waiting area, and the man on my left was telling two ladies sitting with him about how his life was filled with wonder ever since he started praying the Prayer of Jabez daily. I kept my mouth shut.   I love Jesus. I... Continue Reading

A New Lesson on Masculinity

Wrestling with masculinity and infertility

I want to talk about the lessons I’ve learned about masculinity from my experience of infertility as a husband and a man. There is a cultural notion, though perhaps not as prominent as it once was, that men ought to produce offspring. It makes one a man to promote his genetic material into the next... Continue Reading

Parenting: What’s The Plan?

There is information overload on parenting; can we cut through the clutter of all this advice?

The Ten Commandments, of course. Each will require its own thoughts, but my contention is that Christians have hidden behind “legalism” and avoided God’s good moral law so long that we do not even recognize its use anymore. Apply his law in your home and lead your children in expressing love for God.   When it comes to talking... Continue Reading

Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder, Dies

Truett Cathy, 93, founder and chairman emeritus of Chick-fil-A, died Sept. 8 at 1:35 a.m.

Cathy was often quoted as saying: “I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order. We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed. I have always encouraged my restaurant operators and team members to give back to the... Continue Reading

Helping No One By Being Socially Aware And Active

Facebook rants, hashtag campaigns, meetings about how to get more people involved in social justice: these can be “busy-work” distractions.

If, as a Christian, you take the call to help the poor seriously, you have to…help the poor. Feed them. Clothe them. Hire them. Jones and Zmirak remind us that, as Christians, we are called to do the “demanding and particular.” We cannot delegate it our elected officials, blog about it, or assume that having... Continue Reading