Worldview

Christian Leaders Trip with Canyon Ministries

Christian Leaders Trip with Canyon Ministries

I just got back from a seven-day trip down two thirds of the Grand Canyon with Canyon Ministries, William D. Barrick, Terry Mortenson, and (especially) knowledgeable Cedarville University geologist John Whitmore. I gained a much deeper understanding of the geology of...

A Must-Read Piece Featuring a Number of My Favorite Writers

A Must-Read Piece Featuring a Number of My Favorite Writers

I read pretty much everything Alan Jacobs writes. This piece is at the top of the list of must-reads. It’s his assessment of the major storm between two conservatives: Sohrab Ahmari and David French. Let me try to spin Jacobs’ basic argument into the way I would put...

Review: Ember Rising

Ember Rising by S.D. Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved it. So did the kids. (And the illustrations, by my respected friend Zach Franzen, were also excellent.) For a good while I was thinking that this book is The Benedict Option for kids—and for adults who dutifully...

Review: Educated, by Tara Westover

My heart goes out to Tara Westover. I rooted for her and felt defensive for her during 100% of the story. Other people’s epistemological sins harmed her. Precisely because of her love for her parents, those sins maintained a hold on her far, far into a life that, on...

Where Should I Train for Ministry?

Where Should I Train for Ministry?

I just posted the following in a Facebook group composed largely by pastors who graduated from KJV-Only institutions. One asked which schools group members would recommend for a youth pastor. I jotted out some thoughts I’ve been wanting to send to the KJV-Only...

How Do We Treat Machines?

How Do We Treat Machines?

When Alexa is talking to me, I feel no compunction interrupting and basically telling her to shut up. Me: Alexa, what’s the weather going to be like tomorrow? Alexa: Look for partly cloudy weather, with a high of 63º and a… Me: Alexa, stop. And Alexa stops. It doesn’t...

Why Does the World Need the Church?

Why Does the World Need the Church?

When popular Harvard political theorist Michael Sandel was a graduate student at Oxford in the 1970s, men and women were still separated into different colleges. Further befitting a staid institution such as Oxford, male visitors were not permitted to remain overnight...

Why do I have to learn this stuff?!

I recently preached a message at the opening for a Christian school in my town, one several church members have attended. It answers the perennial question, "Why do I have to learn this stuff?!"

A Must-Read Must-Read

A Must-Read Must-Read

I'm really liking Jonathan Leeman. He humbly lets his gifts be sublimated to those of Mark Dever when the two chat on 9Marks Pastors Talk episodes, but when I read The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love and then went and heard his paper at the 2016 ETS—I...

Former Fundie on Genesis 1

"Former Fundie" Ben Corey notes that extraterrestrial life may be discovered on what Trekkies would call a likely "Class M" planet—a planet that has the conditions for supporting life. Does this shoot the literal reading of Genesis 1? Corey summarizes two responses to...