3 “Through Lines” of Contemporary Culture and How Living Churches Probably Shouldn’t Respond

Recently I was speaking at a church on the topic of cultural engagement. It's a huge and complex topic. It's also, understandably, a controversial topic. It's controversial for a few reasons. First, there are often very controversial issues at stake, issues related to politics, sex, family, entertainment, education, and wealth to name just a few. … Continue reading 3 “Through Lines” of Contemporary Culture and How Living Churches Probably Shouldn’t Respond

Social Justice from the Left and the Right

Within the Church (broadly speaking) there are two groups of people. Not everyone in the Church fits into one of these groups. In fact, many people in the Church are a little weirded out by these two groups. This is largely because the people in these two groups tend to be agitators. They stir things … Continue reading Social Justice from the Left and the Right

Pageantry

An estimated 4.1 billion people watched Queen Elizabeth's funeral. That number is literally incomprehensible. Even if it is a wild overestimation, it seems reasonable to assume that people numbering into the billions watched the services. In a time where monoculture has largely ceased to exist, it's hard to imagine any event coming remotely close to … Continue reading Pageantry

5(ish) Books on Understanding and Ministering in the Transgender Moment

A while ago I wrote a piece titled "What is a Woman?" I'll admit that it was a provocative piece. I frankly don't see any reason to write anything unless it is provocative. What a waste of time. My intent is never to provoke purely emotional responses. Emotional responses are easy to illicit on the … Continue reading 5(ish) Books on Understanding and Ministering in the Transgender Moment

Sex at the End of the World

In Huxley's dystopian novel, Brave New World, sex has been completely removed from any traditional constraints. Sex literally has nothing to do with procreation or love. In fact, these things are seen as dangerous, backward, and uncivilized. Sex must be love-less, child-less, and meaning-less. Children are taught to experiment from a very young age in … Continue reading Sex at the End of the World

Why Not Abortion? An Answer to My Teenage Daughter

Yesterday, I was on the road coming back from two weeks at a summer conference for high school students when I got a call from my daughter. She was full of questions and anxiety. Like the rest of us, she had just heard about the SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe. She had already seen students expressing … Continue reading Why Not Abortion? An Answer to My Teenage Daughter

The New Civil Religion

Stick with me through this first part. I promise it's going somewhere. In the middle of the 18th century, Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote an important book on political philosophy called The Social Contract which still influences political theory today. Rousseau disagreed with many of the most popular political theories that went before him from … Continue reading The New Civil Religion

How Then Should We Live: Models of Christian Engagement of Culture

How should a Christian live his or her life in this world? We rightly assume that our Christian faith is not merely abstract belief. Our faith means something. It has consequences. It weighs upon and informs our decisions, our relationships, and our values. Or at least it should. After we have found the answer to … Continue reading How Then Should We Live: Models of Christian Engagement of Culture

Three Toxic Ideas on Race

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.Colossians 2:8 (NIV) This weekend we were saddened (but sadly not surprised) by news of yet another mass shooting.* An 18 year old man walked … Continue reading Three Toxic Ideas on Race