Year 29 For This Column – Yes, Lots of Journalists Still Need to Get Religion

If journalists want to cover real stories in the real lives of real people in the real world, then they need to be real serious when handling religion

“If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?”  ... 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 Need for Cultural Humility

I personally have been confronted in numerous areas as I have encountered new cultures

In each culture I have found truth and aspects to be admired. But as good as our cultures can be, “culture” is created by humans, and like humans, it is fallen. And every culture I have ever encountered has been riddled with sinful attitudes and behaviors.   I had an interesting conversation with a couple... Continue Reading

Wyoming Judge Censured For Views On Same-Sex Marriage

State high court allowed Judge Ruth Neely to keep her job but ordered her to officiate all marriages.

Justice Kate Fox, writing for the majority, insisted “Neely’s religious beliefs are not an issue.” Instead, the court ruled Neely’s remarks about homosexuality and same-sex marriage violated judicial standards of conduct and jeopardized the reputation of the Wyoming judiciary. But dissenting justices argued the majority opinion legislates from the bench and forces Neely and like-minded... Continue Reading

Challenges in Advancing the Kingdom of God

“Transformation” is a word shunned by some, because it is understood as “arrogant and triumphalist”

Keyes does not shun the word “transformation,” but does see a danger of being simplistic in approaching cultural transformation, particularly in believing that political success will be decisive, since transforming a culture is extremely complex. But, he said, “if we are salt and light, we can’t avoid being transformative.”   The transformation of society to... Continue Reading

10 Ugly Numbers Describing Pornography Use in 2017

In 2016, people watched 4.6 billion hours of pornography at just one website

“57% of young adults admit to seeking out porn at least once per month. 46% of men admit to the same. Meanwhile, 49% of young adults say that most or all of their friends use porn on a regular basis. Significance: Porn use is rampant across most age categories, but is particularly pronounced among young... Continue Reading

Preaching In A Secular Age

With the advance of secular pluralism, expository preaching must become the church’s strategy for survival

“For preachers, Berger’s observations are tremendously important. We, above all others, need to realize the culture no longer shares our worldview and the very language we use may mean something entirely different in the ears of our listeners. The meaning of words like morality, personhood, marriage, or virtually any other moral term has radically shifted.”... Continue Reading

Federal Court Overturns Indiana Ultrasound Law

A federal judge on April 3 blocked an Indiana law that required women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before the procedure.

The laws, including Indiana’s, typically allow a woman to avert her eyes or ask for the volume on the heartbeat monitor to be turned down.  U.S. District Judge Tanya Pratt’s preliminary injunction against the law is the first challenge to a state ultrasound requirement since last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Whole Women’s Health v.... Continue Reading

Texas Grapples With Transgender Wrestler’s Case

State governing body for high school sports must figure out how to protect competition and fairness

The legislative council of the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body for public high school sports in Texas, will meet in June to discuss what to do with Mack Beggs, a transgender wrestler for a Fort Worth-area high school who is biologically female but identifies as male. Beggs won a state girls’ wrestling championship... Continue Reading

Federal Court’s Redefinition Of ‘Sex’ Could Have Wide Ripple Effects

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling this week that redefines the term “sex” in the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “sexual orientation.”

In the 8-3 decision issued April 4, the appeals court ruled contrary to its own precedent and every U.S. appeals court to date, including the 11th Circuit which just weeks earlier came to the opposite conclusion in a similar case. The lawsuit before the 7th Circuit, Hively v. Ivy Tech, involved a lesbian who sued... Continue Reading