Keeping the Courts out of the Marriage Debate

Robert George has a must-read opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal. He argues that the Supreme Court should stay out of any effort to redefine marriage. The Supreme Court sparked the fire of a culture war in its Roe v. Wade decision, and the court would do so again if they were to issue a decision on marriage. Instead, George argues, the matter should be resolved democratically. He concludes with this:

‘Because marriage has already been deeply wounded, some say that redefining it will do no additional harm. I disagree. We should strengthen, not redefine, marriage. But whatever one’s view, surely it is the people, not the courts, who should debate and decide. For reasons of both principle and prudence, the issue should be settled by democratic means, not by what Justice Byron White, in his dissent in Roe, called an “act of raw judicial power.”‘

George knocked this one out of the park. Read the whole thing here.



Don’t Call it a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day
Edited by Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung has brought together a group of twenty- and thirty-something evangelical Christian leaders to produce this collection of essays titled Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Same Evangelical Faith for a New Day to assert the stability, relevance, and necessity of Christian orthodoxy today. My article is “Gender Confusion and a Gospel-Shaped Counter-Culture.”

Articular Infinitives in the Greek of the New Testament
This book is a technical study on a particular point of Greek Grammar, the articular infinitive. It was published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in May 2006. Sheffield Phoenix Press is located in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield in England.

Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
I am a contributor to this dictionary of Old and New Testament words. It is based on the NIV translation, though it’s still servicable with the King James Version.

Zondervan is hoping that it will replace the old but popular Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, which was based on the King James translation. It was published by Zondervan in July 2006.



“Gender Confusion and a Gospel-Shaped Counter-Culture” in Don’t Call it a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day, ed. Kevin DeYoung. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011. [Forthcoming]

“Why Evangelicals Should Not Heed Brian McLaren: How the New Testament Requires Evangelicals to Render a Judgment on the Moral Status of Homosexuality.” Themelios 35.2 (2010). [Forthcoming]

“The SBJT Forum” with C. Ben Mitchell, Mark T. Coppenger, Chad O. Brand, and Stephen Wellum. The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 13.2 (2009): 68-78.

“Is Paul’s Gospel Counterimperial? Evaluating the Prospects of the ‘Fresh Perspective’ for Evangelical Theology.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 51 (2008): 309-37.

“Discerning Corinthian Slogans through Paul’s Use of the Diatribe in 1 Corinthians 6.12-20.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 18.1 (2008): 99-121.

“The SBJT Forum” with D. A. Carson, Barry Joslin, and Everett Berry. The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 12 (2008): 104-13.

“Evangelicalism Today” a forum with Russell Moore, John Franke, Darryl Hart, Michael Horton, and David Lyle Jeffrey. Touchstone (November 2007).

“Inerrancy Is Not Enough: A Proposal To Amend the Doctrinal Basis of the Evangelical Theological Society” with Ray Van Neste. Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 5, no. 1 (2007): 69-80.

“Younger Evangelicals and Women in Ministry: A Sketch of the Spectrum of Opinion” with Jim Hamilton. Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 12.2 (2007): 26-40.

“Is Inerrancy Sufficient? A Plea to Biblical Scholars concerning the Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture.” Southwestern Journal of Theology [forthcoming].

“On the Articular Infinitive in Philippians 2:6: A Grammatical Note with Christological Implications.” Tyndale Bulletin 55 (2004): 253-74.


Review of Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke, by Seyoon Kim, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (forthcoming).

Review of The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views, ed. James Beilby and Paul R. Eddy, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 5, no. 1 (2007): 119-121.

Review of God’s Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old & New Testaments, by James M. Hamilton, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50 (2007): 417-19.

Review of Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness: Paul’s Theology of Imputation, by Brian Vickers, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 4, no. 2 (2007): 117-19.

Review of BibleWorks 7: Software for Biblical Exegesis and Research, in Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 4, no. 2 (2007): 128.

“Much Ado About Typos.” Touchstone Magazine, vol. 19, issue 10 (December 2006): 42-43. Review of Misquoting Jesus, by Bart Ehrman.

Review of The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture, by N. T. Wright, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 49 (2006): 622-25.

Review of Paul: In Fresh Perspective, by N. T. Wright, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 10 (2006): 83-84.

Review of Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications, by D. A. Carson, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology Vol. 2, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 88-89.

Review of Justification—What’s at Stake in the Current Debates, ed. Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 2, no. 2 (Spring 2005): 113-116.

Review of Where Is Boasting: Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul’s Response in Romans 1-5, by Simon J. Gathercole, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 3, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 104-105.

Review of Choosing a Bible: Understanding Bible Translation Differences, by Leland Ryken, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 3, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 117-118.


“A Manifesto for Training Ministers,” Southern Seminary Magazine 77.2 (2009): 36-37.

“Wright’s most dangerous comment,” Baptist Press, April 29, 2008, on-line:

“Literacy and the Gospel,” Baptist Press, August 22, 2007, on-line:

“Responding to the massacre,” Baptist Press, April 19, 2007, on-line:

“Is embryonic stem-cell research murder?” Baptist Press, August 9, 2006, on-line:

“Fictional license differs from doctrinal distortions,” in The Louisiana Baptist Message, Vol. 121, Issue 23 (June 15, 2006): page 3. [See also “‘Da Vinci’ not as dangerous as ‘Left Behind’?” Baptist Press, May 30, 2006, on-line:]

“The Gospel according to Hollywood,” Baptist Press, March 8, 2006, on-line:

“Why All the Translations?” North American Mission Board, Apologetics Website, on-line:

“Ministering alongside the ‘bologna brigade,'” Baptist Press, September 23, 2005, on-line:

“Does God care about filibusters?” Baptist Press, April 20, 2005, on-line:

“Research or the Bible?” Baptist Press, August 29, 2003, on-line:

A Really Bad Way To Avoid Church

Last Sunday, the seven year-old boy in this video took his parents’ car and got chased by police for several miles before driving himself back home. Why did he do it? Because he didn’t want to go to church. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

How Should Christians Feel About Healthcare Reform?

There’s a national debate going-on about healthcare reform, and the battle is at a fever pitch. Today’s The New York Times reports that the President Obama’s proposal is losing support with Americans who fear that reform will cause costs to rise and care to diminish in quality.

One item that is not often reported is the way in which reform could affect social policy. There is a group of pro-life Democrats, for instance, who have said they will oppose any bill that requires abortions to be financed by the American taxpayer. Russell Moore had a fascinating discussion on this very topic last week on “The Albert Mohler Program,” and I highly recommend that you listen to it. He asks how Christians should react to healthcare reform in light of pro-life concerns. You can download it here or press the play button below.

The War We’d Like To Forget

Ross Douthat calls the Iraq War “The War We’d Like To Forget.” He argues that American opinion on the war is set:

“Having spent the better part of the Bush era arguing foreign policy with a fury not seen since Vietnam, Americans have settled on a remarkably durable consensus: It was a mistake. We’re winning. Let’s leave. Each of these beliefs is contestable. But almost nobody — right, left or center — seems to have much interest in debating them.”

I think Douthat is right. Americans by and large seem to agree that the war was a mistake. The sad thing is, however, that I suspect that some of those same Americans never really understood why we went to war in the first place. If you ask folks about the case that the Bush administration made for war, you are more likely to hear canards than you are history. The President’s opponents were very effective at rewriting the narrative of events in the lead-up to the war. I still think that good people can disagree about the case that the Bush Administration made for war. I just wish that more people understood it.

In any case, Ross Douthat has an interesting take on this, and you can read the rest of it here.

Pray for Pastor Tommy Nelson

The Denton Bible Church website reports that Pastor Tommy Nelson had a heart attack this morning.

“As many of you have already heard, at about 10:15 this morning our pastor Tom Nelson was in the church office and developed a severe pain in his chest. Dennis Boots (a fireman and ER guy) was close by and was able to assess the situation very quickly. His wife Teresa was called and she was able to get here very quickly.

“We called 911 immediately and the Fire Dept. responded very quickly. Tom was taken to the hospital and is there now getting care. As the ambulance left Tom was awake and responsive but in a good degree of pain. The evidence right now points to a possible heart attack.
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Spiritual Profile of Homosexual Adults

The Barna Group has released a new survey that explores the spiritual life of gay and lesbian adults. The study examines “20 faith-oriented attributes” and how homosexuals and heterosexuals differ from one another on these attributes. Here are some of the findings of the survey. Heterosexuals are more likely than homosexuals to hold an orthodox view of God, to attend church, to read the Bible, and to pray regularly. Homosexuals are more likely than heterosexuals to be unchurched, to have an unorthodox view of God, and to identify themselves as “liberal” on social issues. Continue Reading →

My David Letterman Story

Last week, my wife and I were in New York City for a trip that was both business and pleasure. I had a professional meeting to attend in the city, so we came a few days early before my work began to see the Big Apple together for our anniversary.

We got into town on a Thursday morning, and one of the first things I did was to ask the hotel concierge how to get David Letterman tickets. I am not so much a huge fan of Letterman anymore. In fact, I don’t even watch his show. But I used to be a faithful viewer back in the 80’s, and so I’ve long thought that it would be fascinating to see the show in person if ever I visited NYC. The concierge, however, insisted that getting tickets would be more trouble than it was worth and that I probably couldn’t find any even if I tried. So I dropped it. We had plenty to do without trying to crack that egg. Continue Reading →

SI Cover Story on Tim Tebow

Don’t miss SI’s cover story on Tim Tebow. Tebow is the genuine article, and SI reporter Austin Murphy knows it (even though he pokes fun at him a little bit, calling him a “nerd for Jesus”). Murphy writes:

“Watching Tebow zip passes into the seams of opposing defenses, lower his shoulder in short yardage and exhort his teammates like King Henry V on St. Crispin’s Day, one might think that he was put on this earth just to run coach Urban Meyer’s spread offense. Watching him pace the floor of a gymnasium packed with 660 wayward men hanging on his every syllable is to realize that regardless of what position Tebow eventually plays in the NFL, and for how long, the football phase of his life is merely a means to a greater end.”

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