Why the Adjective?

What does “social justice” mean? How is it different from justice? And if “social justice” is different than justice, which is the greater goal? If “social justice” is the greater goal, does this make justice less than just? These are some of the questions that have rolled through my mind for a while now that... Continue Reading →

The Manipulation of Protests

One of the most significant philosophical texts in the 20th century is, After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre. Though a wide-ranging work of moral philosophy, it takes as its starting point the state of moral conversation in our culture today. MacIntyre imagines a world in which people use moral terms without any longer knowing what the... Continue Reading →

2020 and Church Survivability

From the very beginning of the Coronavirus-related lockdowns, church leaders have been wondering about the survivability of many of America’s churches. Not having services on a weekly basis can be a serious blow to not only income, but to peoples’ interaction with and dedication to their local church family. Many churches survive on a week-to-week... Continue Reading →

New Frontiers in Christian Apologetics

Christian apologetics is this strange field of work that is always answering two questions: what are the eternal truths worth defending? and, what is going on in culture right now that needs to be answered? The Christian apologist always has one foot in the eternal and one foot in the moment. When this is done... Continue Reading →

Leave the Baby. Take the Bathwater.

Is it true that black lives matter? Of course, it is. Is it true that all black lives matter? Yes. Is it also true that the lives of anyone experiencing oppression and injustice matter – that we need to take their stories and lives seriously? It is. Does this mean I should support the organization,... Continue Reading →

Prophets or Mirrors

“The wind shall shepherd your shepherds…” Jeremiah 22:22 Jeremiah’s calling was not easy. Babylon was knocking on the door and God’s people were astray. God sent Jeremiah to speak his word to his people, pleading with them to return. God promises several times that if they return to him, worship him alone, and do justice... Continue Reading →

Pastors and Churches Endure

Seasons of crisis and turmoil lead to new waves of virtue signaling on social media. If you follow “Christian Social Media” you see the kind of virtue signaling that is full of complaints about what pastors and churches “haven’t done” and what pastors and churches are “supposed to do”. Nearly every one of these nuggets... Continue Reading →

The Church is Essential

One of the more unfortunate things that happened at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic was how our economy and culture got divided into “essential” and “non-essential” categories. It led to all kinds of awful classifications and even political chicanery as politicians keep many things closed or near-closed because they are “non-essential”. First of all,... Continue Reading →

Psalm 22 and Fear of the Virus

During the COVID-19 pandemic I have been brought back to some of David’s Psalms, specifically his laments. During our church’s mid-week Bible study, we have been going through David’s life, sometimes with a fine-toothed comb, and I have been left a little overwhelmed with the completely human, yet shockingly faithful character of the human king... Continue Reading →

Splitting over Same Sex Marriage

If you are not looking for it, you will miss the news that one of the West’s oldest Protestant denominations is on the verge of a schism. A council of Bishops in the United Methodist Church proposed a resolution that will be voted on later in 2020 aimed at separation. If the vote passes, which... Continue Reading →

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