Why Christians Need A Christian Doctrine Of Humanity

For several centuries we have come to think of humanity as a status that we confer upon others.

Infant humans are humans. Humans conceive human embryos. Those embryos develop into human infants. Our English word embyro is just the Greek word ἔμβρυον (Embyon) for foetus (fetus) and Foetus is Latin for infant. From a biological perspective, all the stuff that determines what we become is already present. From a logical perspective, it makes no sense to say that we become human either in utero or after. Who says? On... Continue Reading

The Christian Response to White Supremacy

The American Church hasn’t engaged this theological task seriously, repentantly, or consistently enough.

To achieve and maintain a credible, public Christian political witness, truth must be valued. So must humility, temperance, consistency, brotherly kindness, and other qualities that are perfectly reflective of what it means to be Christian and to uphold Christian character.   The responses to the white supremacy rally and the resulting violence in Charlottesville have... Continue Reading

Protecting Children from Abuse: An Interview

Research has consistently found that approximately 1 in 4 females and 1 in 6 males will be sexually victimized before their 18th birthday.

One of the first steps to protecting children is the recognition and acknowledgement that the prevalence of child sexual victimization isn’t any lower within the very communities where children should be most protected, our churches. We also need to acknowledge that both adults and children perpetrate sexual abuse.   It happens. We wish it didn’t... Continue Reading

Why Does it Take an Eclipse to Get us to Look Up to the Heavens?

Am I as attuned as I should be to the glories that surround me all the time?

When God created the world, all the angels shouted for joy (Job 38:4-7). The God who sings over his creation is the God who rejoices in his works (Psalm 104:31). If God delights in the work of his hands, shouldn’t we? And shouldn’t the wonders of creation lead us to praise and thank him?  ... Continue Reading

The Country Where Children with Down Syndrome Are Disappearing

The scale of the eugenics problem in the United States is exponentially higher than it is in Iceland

A reporter from CBS asked Stefansson, “What does the 100 percent termination rate, you think, reflect about Icelandic society?” He replied, “It reflects a relatively heavy-handed genetic counseling. And I don’t think that heavy-handed genetic counseling is desirable. . . . You’re having impact on decisions that are not medical, in a way.”   The... Continue Reading

The Worst Philosophical Defense of Abortion You’ll Ever Hear

Ironically, Harman’s view is based in part on a famous, reputable argument against abortion, one that claims what makes killing inherently wrong is that it deprives a victim of their future experiences.

Harman says she is defending the “liberal position about early abortion” that there’s “nothing morally bad” about early state abortions. Harman’s position is that among “early fetuses” there are two “very different kinds of beings.” She claims that she and her interviewers “already had moral status then”—that is, as an early embryo—“in virtue of our... Continue Reading

Addiction, Lies and Relationships

Addiction is often said to be a disease of denial but it is also a disease of regret.

Because addiction by definition is an irrational, unbalanced and unhealthy behavior pattern resulting from an abnormal obsession, it simply cannot continue to exist under normal circumstances without the progressive attack upon and distortion of reality resulting from the operation of its propaganda and psychological warfare brigades. The fundamentally insane and unsupportable thinking and behavior of... Continue Reading

Eye On The Sky

A total solar eclipse is a sign of heavenly design.

Earth’s unique location and vantage point for eclipses and other astronomical phenomena is evidence of intelligent design, Gonzalez and Richards wrote: “Simply stated, the conditions allowing for intelligent life on Earth also make our planet strangely well suited for viewing and analyzing the universe.”   A much-anticipated solar eclipse will sweep across the United States... Continue Reading

500 Years On: Let’s End the Sale of Self Indulgences

When I read these words in the kickstarter campaign: "Harris has felt pressure from all sides to do or say something," I kinda want to say, “Joshua don’t. Don’t say anything.”

A defining feature of modern cultural Christianity, and those who have either gotten it spectacularly wrong or have fallen badly, is that the gap between the fall and the next tweet, blog or online interview has shrunk dramatically. Silence is a base metal these days, no longer golden.   The Protestant Church could do worse... Continue Reading

A Child of God Still Has Lessons to Teach

How Charlie Gard is helping us come to terms with one of the biggest issues of our time.

The life of Charlie Gard was conceived by God before the foundations of the earth. God created Charlie, God knows Charlie, and God has an eternity planned for him. I believe God is also using the child’s brief life here on this earth to change conversations and hearts — and maybe even international relationships related... Continue Reading