"If the church fails to apply the central truth of Christianity to social problems correctly, someone else will do so incorrectly.” Carl F.H. Henry

Preaching on LGBT Issues

On March 19, I kicked off a sermon series at my church, Redemption City Church, called “Sex Matters.” This series is our brief attempt at helping Christians understand God’s plan for sex and sexuality. Titled “Sex Matters: Why Our Bodies Matter to God,” I preached specifically about what the Bible teaches about homosexuality and gender... Read More

“Secular Religion” and the Impossibility of Religious Liberty

Over the weekend, Andrew Sullivan wrote an essay comparing the progressive intellectual movement known as “Intersectionalism” to a type of secularized religion. That’s curious, because Sullivan defines the movement not only by its ritual and liturgical practices, but, in my own summary, in its willingness to function as an agent of absolute judgment against dissent... Read More

On Disagreeing with The Benedict Option

I’m no stranger to The Benedict Option (hereafter, “BenOp”). I have been participating online and in other venues about the relative strengths and weaknesses of Dreher’s proposal for awhile, so I like to think of myself as someone well versed in all things BenOp. And, to be candid as a reviewer, I don’t arrive at this... Read More

Why Martin Luther King Matters to Christian Ethics

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King and his significance for racial justice. As a Christian ethicist, I’m interested in asking what aspects there are of Martin Luther King’s career and approach to activism that are important for Christian ethics today. One of many aspects, and what I want to briefly focus on, is how Martin... Read More

We’ve Heard This Before: “Safe, Legal, Rare” & Euthanasia

Euthanasia or “Physician-Assisted Suicide” continues to gain traction across American culture. Opponents of the practice warn that going down a path of state-sanctioned suicide will have unintentional consequences as a result. Those consequences are becoming a reality. A California (where euthanasia is legal) woman with a terminal illness—Stephanie Packer—was denied medication by her insurance company... Read More

The Impossibility of the Apolitical Church

There comes a time in any raucous election cycle where individuals, understandably tired with political fatigue, want to throw their hands up and say, “I’m not political.” Churches do this, too. You might hear churches or pastors say, “We’re apolitical. We don’t do politics. We just preach the gospel.” I have to be very clear... Read More

Are Evangelical Protestants More Unified than Catholics on Social Issues? A Response to Rod Dreher

My friend Rod Dreher has put forward an important observation and query about the cohesiveness and difference in moral convictions between evangelical Protestants and Catholics on matters related to culture war issues like abortion and homosexuality: Here’s something I have never figured out. In theory, Catholics ought to be a lot more theologically conservative on... Read More

Planned Parenthood and Progressive Hypocrisy

In America, you don’t need real moral authority for your social cause, all you need is the warring and irrational indignation of a hashtag. And that brings us to Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary brought in full force by hashtag activists celebrating an organization that has overseen millions upon millions of deaths. Full stop. I want... Read More

Can Christian Sexual Ethics be Thrown into the Dustbin of History?

David Gushee’s most recent column at RNS is a sober looking glass into the future facing religious conservatives who refuse to accept the moral legitimacy of progressive sexual ethics. According to Gushee, the coming marginalization facing religious conservatives is inevitable. What isn’t altogether clear from Gushee’s way of framing his post is whether the storm... Read More
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