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  • Why Are Conservatives Obsessed with Pedophilia Right Now? (Fall 2020)

    EDIT 4/24/2022: This article from Religion Dispatches, I believe, offers a much more compelling explanation for the current (and very weird) wave of right-wingers referring to anyone who acknowledges that same-sex couples exist as a “groomer.” I thought it made sense when I saw a comment pending on this post this morning from “a legal…

  • Why I Rewrote (mangled?) “Trust and Obey”

    Now I feel like a recipe blogger, making you read all this to get to what you probably came here for – lyrics and sheet music of the rewrite. If that’s what you’re after, click here. “Trust and Obey” is a classic hymn. It has a very catchy tune, and it’s filled with truisms that…

  • Should Men Preach?

    In which John MacArthur’s comments about Beth Moore receive exactly as much serious consideration as they deserve.

  • John Cooper of Skillet and Faithful Apostasy

    I’ve been thinking all day about that facebook post by John Cooper from the band “Skillet,” and the approving blog post that quoted it, titled “Skillet’s John Cooper on Apostasy Among Young Christian Leaders,” referring to comments by Joshua Harris of I Kissed Dating Goodbye fame, and Hillsong singer Marty Sampson. My first reaction when…

  • A Word About Love

    I’ve been following closely (probably too closely) the United Methodist Church’s 2019 General Conference about human sexuality for the past few days. I went in with low expectations, and came out sadder. One of the less-appreciated casualties of recent debates about sexuality, and of debates within the Christian church in general, has been the beauty…

  • Brother John: Purpose, Again

    As some of you may know, I am signed up for a cool program that gives me free books in exchange for my honest review. Free books make me happy, but I’ve been pretty busy lately, what with getting ordained and starting a job as a full-time pastor. But when Mike Morrell sent me an…

  • Why the Nones Left

    A friend of mine shared a link from Crossway titled “The Dying Away of Cultural Christianity.” In it, the author proposed (as evangelical authors so often do) that the rise of the Nones* happened because the Nones weren’t real Christians to begin with. Nope, they were just members of that boogeyman religion Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.…

  • The Limits of Growth as a Measure of Orthodoxy

    The Limits of Growth as a Measure of Orthodoxy

    I’m here because I read the most recent iteration of the nonsensical triumphalist “growth=orthodoxy” blog post. Mark Tooley at Juicy Ecumenism wrote this screed against a post by Roger Wolsey. Wolsey’s post was titled “It’s Time for Progressive Christianity.” Tooley rejects much of what Wolsey says, and on some counts I agree, but as he’s…

  • No Graven Images?

    A couple Sundays ago, I preached a sermon on the ten commandments. When I got to the second commandment, I asked, “Anybody tempted to carve an image of God and worship it?” No one was, so I moved on. But as I was driving to church the next week, I was wrestling with doubt, as…

  • Should the Heathen Be Converted?

    I’m the student pastor at a small church north of Pittsburgh at the moment. Last Sunday, my supervisor pastor gave something of an invitation at the end of his sermon, with a prayer to pray along with. Afterward, he invited anyone who wanted to deepen their relationship with Christ to talk to him or one…