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
I never much liked Mark Driscoll. I don't say that because it is now fashionable to not like Mark Driscoll. I say that only to admit my biases here at the beginning of this post. I suppose in some ways I should have liked Mark Driscoll. I'm a white evangelical male who was entering leadership … Continue reading Dirty Mark
I teach an introductory philosophy class. Don't tell my other classes, but it is my favorite. Two things that I repeat to my philosophy students are that 1) philosophy is relevant even though it may at times seem abstract or even absurd and 2) if you are going to do philosophy, you might be a … Continue reading What is a Woman?
Amanda Gorman is an extremely accomplished poet. She was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She published her first book of poetry at the age of 17, and in 2021, she delivered one of her poems at the inauguration of President Biden. At a time when serious poets don't generally become … Continue reading The Impossibility of Empathy
In 2017, Damon Young wrote an article titled "Straight Black Men are the White People of Black People." In it he argued that straight black men enjoy the same type of privilege over black women that white people enjoy over black men. This privilege is something that needs to be recognized and rejected by black … Continue reading critical race theory: check box identity
John Calvin famously called human nature an "idol factory." This seems to be self-evidently true. We are always creating for ourselves objects or ideas to venerate. If that's true, then it is also true that we are always creating for ourselves new religions. A religion, to put it very simply, is a set of beliefs … Continue reading religion and cancel culture
Last week I suddenly found myself mad online. It may be the quintessential 21st century emotion. Something will "randomly" appear on your social media platform which causes almost an immediate, negative reaction. This reaction generates a click, which generates a hot take, which generates even more clicks. There is a Henry Ford level of efficiency … Continue reading on razor’s edge
I've had many conversations in the last few weeks about "social justice." Some of these conversations were brought about by the recent Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. There are things I liked about the statement. There are things I didn't like. I generally wonder about the purpose or effectiveness of such statements. I've … Continue reading affirmations and questions about social justice
As far as biblical words go, ἄνθρωπος (anthropos) was never a particularly controversial one. It is a rather generic word that appears almost 550 times in the Greek New Testament. This word has given us notable English words like "anthropology" and "anthropomorphic," but it never really gave us much drama or intrigue until 2011. It's … Continue reading are those your niblings or are they your siblings from your piblings?