Category: Contemporary Trends

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Education

Why I don’t resent the Walmart crowd

One of the most startling elements of modern evangelical academia is how disdainful many of them are of the average parishioner. I sensed this happening to me in seminary and once I realized it, I started to see it in books. Then Twitter was invented and I started following more of these scholars to whom I …

Contemporary Trends, Economics, Culture

When the wage gap closes you…

 Rejoice? Try to solve other apparent problems. Move on. Complain The answer, my friends…#4! While I find people wielding the wage gap as proof of oppression in the United States tiresome and stupid, this article which indicates a closing of the wage gap is a new species of silly. In it the author observes: Women …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Friend of God? What does that mean?

A favorite song of many evangelical Christians repeats the refrain: “I am a friend of God, he calls me, ‘Friend.’” But what does it mean to be friend of God, or more specifically, of Jesus Christ? The answer to the question leads me to hum that song line rather than proclaim it for fear of …

Contemporary Trends, Video Games, Culture, Philosophy

Workless Society?

A Guardian article speculates on the sense of meaning in the world about a world beyond work: You don’t need to go all the way to Israel to see the world of post-work. If you have at home a teenage son who likes computer games, you can conduct your own experiment. Provide him with a …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

John Wesley on Foreknowledge and Election

  Below, you’ll find 1 Peter 1:1-2 and John Wesley’s comments on vs 2. Over all, I find what he says to be convincing. The idea that the descriptions of God’s fore or after knowledge in the Bible are metaphorical is perfectly reasonable. It is just as much true that predestination is a metaphor as …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Headship and Submission in Marriage

A friend recently asked about this topic, so I thought I’d give a sketch of my thoughts. I won’t be citing any sources, but hopefully what I cite as evidence is either self-evident or easily obtainable. The basic question is this: What does is mean to submit to your husband as the head of the …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Culture

In what sense is Christianity comforting?

One of the many conceits of the modern era is that religion is believed precisely because it provides irrational comfort to those who refuse to see things as they are. And while I have no doubt that many believe various religious dogmas for this purpose, it simply isn’t true that Christianity can be believed, by those …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Pastors and Power

Richard Baxter saw, hundreds of years ago, the dangers of cozying up to political power. Ministers of the gospel, if they aren’t careful, will not only sacrifice original thought but also Biblical truth in order to avoid being ostracized, mocked, or disagreed with. Social media has made this quite apparent in the current year. For …

Contemporary Trends, Christian Mindset, Christianity, Spiritual Life

What does the Bible say about finding romance?

Perhaps the two most frequent things young Christian men ask me for advice about are relationships and overcoming a pornography habit. I’ll stick with relationships, though Dallas Willard has great advice for those who struggle to kick pornography: Beyond Pornography. On to relationships. Most of the guys who ask for advice, though sometimes women come to …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Education, Parenting

Sunday School: Career vs Calling

Christianese: I’m not sure what I’m called to do. I’m pretty sure God is calling me to become a chef. God told me to change majors. God called me to date so-and-so. I’m feeling called to the [insert cause that allows for very little personal accountability here]. 3 Aspects of Calling (in and out of …