Your Spiritual Discipline for Tuesday

REFLECT:In the early church, Stephen was chosen to be one of the deacons who were appointed to distribute food so that the apostles could focus on teaching and prayer. We learned how he was arrested, tried and executed by stoning, making him the first Christian martyr. Stephen preached at his trial. These words were responsibleContinue reading “Your Spiritual Discipline for Tuesday”

When Did We Stop Asking Questions?

(It’s a bit long but well worth the read in this cancel culture) Do you remember the cartoons that showed a Christian with a placard standing on a street corner warning ‘The end is nigh’? It was normal to make fun of Christian evangelists doing street preaching and making eschatological warnings. However mocked they were,Continue reading “When Did We Stop Asking Questions?”

Everyday Cancel Culture

Last month, the CEO of video game maker Tripwire Interactive was made to step down from his job just 53 hours after he tweeted support for the new Texas abortion law (which banned abortion after the baby’s heartbeat can be detected). Here’s the offensive tweet that apparently warranted the loss of his job: “Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirmingContinue reading “Everyday Cancel Culture”

Supreme Court Cases That You Should Know About

The U.S. Supreme Court’s fall term opens this week with a number of cases that are of interest to Christians. Here are five specific cases you should know about that deal with abortion or religious liberty. The Case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization What It’s About A 2018 law passed in Mississippi, called theContinue reading “Supreme Court Cases That You Should Know About”

Government Persecution Trumps Religious Terrorism

Dictators are the worst persecutors of believers. This perhaps uncontroversial finding was verified for the first time in the Pew Research Center’s 11th annual study surveying restrictions on freedom of religion in 198 nations. The median level of government violations reached an all-time high in 2018, as 56 nations (28%) suffer “high” or “very high”Continue reading “Government Persecution Trumps Religious Terrorism”

Did You Know Totalitarianism Is a New Thing?

I taught a course this past semester on totalitarian novels. We read four of them: George Orwell’s 1984, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength.  The totalitarian novel is a relatively new genre. In fact, the word “totalitarian” did not exist before the 20th century. TheContinue reading “Did You Know Totalitarianism Is a New Thing?”

Are We Asking the Right Questions 20 Years Later

(I apologize for not editing this further but it deserves to read in its entirety) The question of “Islamic fundamentalism” became of general interest only after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Before that tragic date, it was a subject for specialized scholars. After 9/11, it is discussed both in Parliaments and in coffeeContinue reading “Are We Asking the Right Questions 20 Years Later”

Christians Are the New Extremists

The book Faithfully Different is about the fact that Christians with a biblical worldview are now a minority in America and how the secular worldview that surrounds us is putting significant pressure on what we believe, how we think, and how we live. I wrote it to help Christians more clearly understand the fundamental differences betweenContinue reading “Christians Are the New Extremists”

Why An Evangelical Voted for an Humanist

Last week, The New York Times ran a provocative piece stating that the new president of the Harvard Chaplains is an atheist. Greg Epstein was elected unanimously last spring by his fellow Harvard chaplains. I am one of the people who voted for him. For seven years, I have worked at Harvard as an evangelicalContinue reading “Why An Evangelical Voted for an Humanist”