"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

A Few Thoughts on the First Things Pledge

I think marriage is the most pressing issue facing the intelligibility of Christian social ethics within the public square for my generation. So I was really intrigued by First Things’ “Marriage Pledge.” Having written for First Things and knowing several of its staffers, I can attest to the great work being done by them. No... Read More

When Should Pastors Speak?

There’s been a lot of discussion about Hillsong and its pastor Brian Houston’s comments about gay marriage. I’ve written about the subject here and here at First Things. Yesterday, my friend Glenn Packiam disagreed with my posts, suggesting that I was improperly condemning Hillsong and confusing the categories of “public statements and pastoral exhortations.” Glenn is... Read More

A Brief Note on Sola Scriptura, Natural Law, & Authority

I’m in the middle of working on a doctoral seminar paper for a biblical ethics class and came across the following quote from John Frame in his magisterial volume The Doctrine of the Christian Life. [N]atural law is a revelation of God’s moral standards, but one cannot argue moral conclusions from natural law apart from... Read More

Not Just Good Eschatology, It’s Good Music, Too

“Everything Will Be Alright in the End.” That’s not just good eschatology, it’s good music, too. Today, one of my all-time favorite bands, Weezer, has a brand new album, its ninth, titled Everything Will Be Alright in the End. I’m really excited about the release of this album since the album is an intentional effort by Weezer... Read More

Supreme Court Round-Up

Today’s Supreme Court news is one for the history books. As Albert Mohler noted,  “It was the day the nation’s highest court took one of the lowest paths of least resistance.” I initially thought that by refusing to take up the case, the Supreme Court was signaling their desire to leave this as an issue for... Read More