— Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 —
Andy Crouch, one of Christianity’s most compelling visionaries on culture, joined Russell D. Moore to talk about his book, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power.
This book plowed through my heart, leaving idol shards everywhere in its path. It will cause you to rethink your assumptions and perhaps to reset your priorities.Keep Reading...
— Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 —
Listen as Russell Moore shares his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Hobby Lobby Case, regarding the HHS Mandate.Keep Reading...
— Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 —
We tend to idealize holidays, but human depravity doesn’t go into hibernation between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. One thing that will hit most Christians, sooner or later, are tensions within extended families at holiday time. Some of you will be visiting family members who are contemptuous of the Christian faith and downright hostile to the whole thing.
Others are empty nest couples who now have sons- or daughters-in-law to get adjusted to, maybe even grandchildren who are being reared, well, not exactly the way the grandparents would do it. Still others are young couples who are figuring out how to keep from offending family members who are watching the calendar, to see which side of the family gets more time on the ledger. And others are new parents, trying to figure out how to parent their child when it’s Mammonpalooza at Aunt Judie’s house this year.
And, of course, there’s just always the kind of thing that happens when sinful people come into contact with one another. Somebody asks “When is the baby due?” to an unpregnant woman or somebody blasts your favorite political figure or…well, you know.
Here are a few quick thoughts on what followers of Jesus ought to remember, especially if you’ve got a difficult extended family situation.Keep Reading...
— Friday, November 22nd, 2013 —
We live in an age where, increasingly, being someone’s friend is little more than exchanging information on a computer screen, or entails little more than the casual nod of a head when passing in the hall. When Jesus calls us “friends” (John 15:15), though, surely he means something more than what we often do.
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— Monday, November 18th, 2013 —
The most difficult math problem in the universe, it turns out, is 70 x 7. Perhaps the hardest thing to do in the Christian life is to forgive someone who has hurt you, often badly. But Jesus says the alternative to forgiving one’s enemies is hell.
One of the reasons this is hard for us is because we too often assume forgiving a trespasser means allowing an injustice to stand. This attitude betrays a defective eschatology. At our Lord’s arrest (Matt. 26:47-54), Jesus told Peter to put his sword back into his sheath not because Jesus didn’t believe in punishing evildoers (think Armageddon). Jesus told Peter he could have an armada of angelic warriors at his side (and one day he will). But judgment was not yet, and Peter wasn’t judge.Keep Reading...
— Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 —
Denny Burk, associate professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, joins Russell D. Moore, president of ERLC, to talk about life, his new book What is the Meaning of Sex? and pleasing God.
Listen to their conversation here.Keep Reading...
— Monday, November 4th, 2013 —
I still remember the first time I heard my now wife’s name, “Maria Hanna,” mentioned in conversation.
I had no idea how she would live up to her name.Keep Reading...
— Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 —
The words “evangelical” and “fundamentalist” have very little meaning. For some, a “fundamentalist” is anyone who believes in miracles. For others, it necessitates a King James only Bible or a pre-trib Rapture or even a certain sort of public posture. At an American Baptist Churches General Assembly, I’d be considered a hardcore fundamentalist. At a KJV-only independent Baptist Bible camp, I probably wouldn’t be counted.Keep Reading...
— Saturday, October 26th, 2013 —
October 27 is an important date for me.
I grew up in Woolmarket Baptist Church, a rural, blue-collar congregation in a small community just north of Biloxi, Mississippi. My grandfather had served as pastor of that congregation and died when I was six years old.
I was active in all things related to Woolmarket Baptist Church: Sunday school, training union, Vacation Bible School, Royal Ambassadors, youth choir, youth council. At about the age of twelve, I was walking home from a revival meeting at the church, a revival at which our pastor preached (I assume because the visiting evangelist could not). I was staring into the stars overhead, contemplating my own guilt before God.Keep Reading...
— Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 —
Don’t call it a pullback; we’ve been here for years.
The recent profile in the Wall Street Journal highlighted a generational change in terms of the way evangelicals approach cultural and political engagement: toward a gospel-centered approach that doesn’t back down on issues of importance, but sees our ultimate mission as one that applies the blood of Christ to the questions of the day.
The headline, as is often the case with headlines, is awfully misleading. I am not calling, at all, for a “pullback” from politics or engagement.
If anything, I’m calling for more engagement in the worlds of politics, culture, art, labor and so on. It’s just that this is a different sort of engagement. It’s not a matter of pullback, but of priority.Keep Reading...