• Christianity,  Theology/Bible

    Should Christians Cuss?

    For some time now, I have had a growing pastoral concern about Christians using foul language. This concern has been driven in no small part by well-known pastors who commend the use of foul language and who do so based on foul language that they perceive to be in scripture. They acknowledge that the Bible says that we should not be using certain kinds of language: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving” (Eph. 5:4). But they also allege that the Bible itself elsewhere uses the very language that it prohibits in Ephesians 5:4. While…

  • Christianity,  Culture

    How a Christian Patriot Might Love His Wayward Country

    I love G. K. Chesterton’s reflections on what it means to be a Christian patriot. If you have never read it, I encourage you to read “The Flag of the World” in his classic work Orthodoxy. Chesterton contends that love of one’s homeland is not like house-hunting—an experience in which you weigh the pros and cons of a place and choose accordingly. He writes: A man belongs to this world before he begins to ask if it is nice to belong to it. He has fought for the flag, and often won heroic victories for the flag long before he has ever enlisted. To put shortly what seems the essential…

  • Christianity,  Devotion

    Self-Deprecation

    I love Arthur Bennett’s Puritan prayer book The Valley of Vision. These prayers are a regular part of my devotional life, and sometimes I bring them to corporate prayer in my church as well. One one of the prayers of confession has been particularly meaningful to me for about twenty years now. It is titled “Self-Deprecation,” and I led our congregation in prayer with it last Sunday morning. As I said, this one has meant a lot to me over the years. I pray it will to you as well. _______________ SELF-DEPRECATION My every sense, member, faculty, affection is a snare to me, I can scarce open my eyes but…

  • Christianity

    Why I opposed an anti-abortion resolution at the SBC

    Two weeks ago, I thought the most important resolution coming before the Southern Baptist Convention would be about Critical Race Theory. I need to give up my prognosticating, because I turned out to be epically wrong in that prediction. That resolution didn’t even come close to being the most important resolution before the messengers. I made that prediction not knowing what I know now—that the convention would pass a resolution that amounts to a repudiation of the pro-life movement. In fact, this resolution is a break with every single pro-life resolution that the SBC has passed in the last 41 years.  How could such a thing happen in a denomination…

  • Christianity,  Social Justice

    Dealing with Resolution 9… or not?

    Last month, I made a prediction that we wouldn’t leave the SBC in Nashville without a resolution making it absolutely clear how Southern Baptists feel about CRT. How has that prediction turned out? It’s hard to say now because we still have more to debate and discuss tomorrow. Most notably, the Committee on Order of Business will report tomorrow on a motion to rescind Resolution 9 passed at 2019 SBC. If we are able to vote on that motion and rescind, it would serve the same purpose as a strong resolution. I suspect, however, that the motion will be ruled out of order and that we will not have the…

  • Christianity,  Social Justice

    Dealing with Resolution 9 at the SBC

    I am pre-registered as a messenger from my church to the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville next month. Because of the aftermath of 2019’s infamous “Resolution 9,” one of the most important items of business before the Convention will no doubt be a resolution relating to Critical Race Theory (CRT). I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet. So I could be wildly off in this prediction, but I anticipate that we won’t leave Nashville without a strong resolution against Critical Race Theory. I won’t even try to predict the path from point A to point B, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to get to point…

  • Christianity,  Theology/Bible

    No Hedging. No Paternalism. Just obedience.

    Hannah Anderson has an essay at Christianity Today warning against “paternalism” among complementarians. She says that paternalism occurs among complementarians whenever “policies and practices” are put into place “that restrict both the freedom and the responsibilities of women who do not hold the authority associated with pastors and husbands.” In other words, it’s not men in authority per se that are the problem. It’s those who misuse their authority to limit women under their charge. She then says that “The challenge for complementarians, then, is to create policies and practices that don’t unnecessarily limit the freedom or the responsibilities of women as co-heirs of the gospel of life.” Anderson cites…

  • Christianity,  Theology/Bible

    How To Turn Complementarians into Egalitarians

    Mike Bird and Devi Abraham recently interviewed authors Kristin DuMez, Beth Allison Barr, and Aimee Byrd (see video below). All three of these authors have written books condemning complementarianism. Both DuMez and Barr are convinced egalitarians. While I have never heard Byrd own that label, she has said in her book that she is not a complementarian. In any case, it’s difficult to detect any daylight between Byrd’s position and that of the two egalitarians in this interview. They all three are very much opposed to complementarian theology, which is denigrated as abusive patriarchy in this interview. One thing that they all three seem to agree on is the need…

  • Christianity

    SBC Presidential Candidates Discuss the Issues

    Yesterday, the four men running for President of the Southern Baptist Convention participated in a forum discussion about their vision for the SBC. Many thanks to SBC Pipeline for convening and hosting this event. Here are the candidates: Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) Randy Adams, Executive Director of the Northwest Baptist Convention Mike Stone, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church (Blackshear, GA) Ed Litton, Pastor of Redemption Church (Saraland, AL) As far as I’m concerned, the best part of this video is listening to each of these men’s testimonies. They blessed me beyond words. It was also good to hear these brothers explain why they…

  • Christianity,  Culture,  Theology/Bible

    A Conversation with Aaron Renn

    It was a real pleasure to speak with Aaron Renn on his podcast last week. He titled the episode “Complementarianism and Its Discontents,” and it was a wide-ranging conversation from personal testimony to the current landscape of complementarianism. Aaron is a fascinating guy who writes really stimulating material on what it means to be male and female. In fact, one of the reasons he invited me on the show is due to my recent interaction with an essay he wrote for the Masculinist a couple years ago. He made the case that complementarianism is a Baby Boomer theology that is likely to fade as the Baby Boomers age out. I…