CrossPolitic Magazine

Houses of Healing, Houses of Hope

Guest Article By Gregory Soderberg In the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, there are many features of our modern life that we take for granted. Toilet paper, meat, hand sanitizer … and hospitals. Although adequate medical care is still tragically absent in many...

What Christian Witness?

By Levi Secord One tired argument aimed at rowdy Baptists (and Presbyterians) is the need to protect our witness. As the reasoning goes, Christians should wear facemasks, not reopen before the community is ready, and submit to unlawful closures of churches all in the...

Ok Dude: Zuby’s Truth-Telling New Single

Rap succeeds best as a transgressive genre—hard men saying hard truths against the spirit of the age. Zuby’s new single Ok Dude hits the mark in just this way.  But first, the backstory: In February, Twitter suspended Zuby’s account (@ZubyMusic) after he replied “Ok...

Jim, I’m a Pastor not a Doctor: Feminism, Aimee Byrd, and Mark Jones

By Joseph Spurgeon Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Feminism ruins everything. Everywhere that it raises its rebellious head, harm is soon to follow. Whether it was the willful deception of Eve...

Unredeemed Glory: Michael Jordan and The Last Dance

During Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls, he and coach Phil Jackson granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to an NBA Entertainment film crew. Cameras followed the most iconic sports team of the 1990s and the biggest superstar in the world for...

Constitutional Law & The Cult of Experts

Guest Post By Brian Sauvé As our forefather John Adams said, “If ye would know a people, know their Facebook memes.” I mean, he probably would have said that.  There’s a meme multiplying through the internet that caught my eye the other day. It says something to the...

What Christian Witness?

By Levi Secord One tired argument aimed at rowdy Baptists (and Presbyterians) is the need to protect our witness. As the reasoning goes, Christians should wear facemasks, not reopen before the community is ready, and submit to unlawful closures of churches all in the...

Ok Dude: Zuby’s Truth-Telling New Single

Rap succeeds best as a transgressive genre—hard men saying hard truths against the spirit of the age. Zuby’s new single Ok Dude hits the mark in just this way.  But first, the backstory: In February, Twitter suspended Zuby’s account (@ZubyMusic) after he replied “Ok...

Constitutional Law & The Cult of Experts

Guest Post By Brian Sauvé As our forefather John Adams said, “If ye would know a people, know their Facebook memes.” I mean, he probably would have said that.  There’s a meme multiplying through the internet that caught my eye the other day. It says something to the...

In Spite of Germs – Don Marquis

IN SPITE OF GERMS by Don Marquis Disease, says a prominent scientist, is often transmitted by kissing. -- News item The scientist Will still insist There's danger in romances. And yet the stupid Mister Cupid Keeps on taking chances. Though they affirm A deadly germ...

World Baptized: the Riot and the Dance

By Jesse Sumpter I find the deep ocean to be rather intimidating. It is enormous. It is dark. You don’t know what is below the watery surface. Strange large monsters could be lurking below in the darkness and there is no way to know.  I think there is something about...

Sabbath Harder: Eric Liddell and Complete Surrender

By Jesse Sumpter Christians should know how to keep Sabbath. I am not saying this the way that some in our culture would say it. Some people say we need more rest because we are too busy, living crazy, distracted lives. These people suggest we need to do some yoga and...

Raise a Corporate Family

By Jesse Sumpter In December, I was part of a Local Summit. Actually, it was just a group of men having a casual conversation. But as we were talking I realized that it was basically a Local Summit. Each man worked in a different field: one was a weed scientist,...

Latest on Abortion

Why Rape and Incest are Not Moral Reasons for an Abortion

By Jesse Sumpter Last week the state of Alabama passed a law making it a felony offense to perform an abortion and this law does not allow any exceptions for rape and incest. Alabama did the right thing here. I wrote last week that this law is an opportunity for...

The Alabama Opportunity

By Jesse Sumpter The abortion conversation has changed. It has changed in a decisive way. And the defenders of life must press the advantage. On Wednesday of this week, the state of Alabama passed a law making it a felony offense to perform an abortion. This is a...

The Moment Death Begins

By Matt Williams Most of my listeners have heard that my wife and I have just gone through a miscarriage. It is painful, surreal, sobering, and most of all hopeful. That last descriptor may come as a shock to those who don’t know Christ. For those who do, we know our...

What Christian Witness?

By Levi Secord One tired argument aimed at rowdy Baptists (and Presbyterians) is the need to protect our witness. As the reasoning goes, Christians should wear facemasks, not reopen before the community is ready, and submit to unlawful closures of churches all in the...

Constitutional Law & The Cult of Experts

Guest Post By Brian Sauvé As our forefather John Adams said, “If ye would know a people, know their Facebook memes.” I mean, he probably would have said that.  There’s a meme multiplying through the internet that caught my eye the other day. It says something to the...

Loving Your Neighbor: COVID-19 Edition

By Levi Secord If there is a chief faux-virtue today, it is love. No one wants to be against love, especially Christians. After all, God is love. For this reason, appealing to some vague definition of love is a play run on Christians all the time. I cringe more often...

Constitutional Law & The Cult of Experts

Guest Post By Brian Sauvé As our forefather John Adams said, “If ye would know a people, know their Facebook memes.” I mean, he probably would have said that.  There’s a meme multiplying through the internet that caught my eye the other day. It says something to the...

Coronaing Out of Control

By Levi Secord At this point, frustration, bewilderment, and despair rule over much of our world. As a pastor, I’m tasked with shepherding my flock throughout life. This calling includes helping them live faithfully in the face of global uncertainty. Trials shed light...

Stimulus Checks are Bad for the Economy

By Jesse Sumpter President Trump is seeking $850 billion to $1 trillion in stimulus measures for the economy. As part of this proposal, the President has suggested sending stimulus checks to individual Americans. One proposal suggested two rounds of direct payments to...

Did America Have A Christian Founding? Interview with Mark David Hall

Jesse Sumpter: Thank you for doing this interview, Mark. Your book Did America Have A Christian Founding is a wonderful resource for those interested in knowing more about America’s Christian founding. Some people would disagree with your thesis. Why do some people...

Jim, I’m a Pastor not a Doctor: Feminism, Aimee Byrd, and Mark Jones

By Joseph Spurgeon Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Feminism ruins everything. Everywhere that it raises its rebellious head, harm is soon to follow. Whether it was the willful deception of Eve...

Unredeemed Glory: Michael Jordan and The Last Dance

During Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls, he and coach Phil Jackson granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to an NBA Entertainment film crew. Cameras followed the most iconic sports team of the 1990s and the biggest superstar in the world for...

World Baptized: the Riot and the Dance

By Jesse Sumpter I find the deep ocean to be rather intimidating. It is enormous. It is dark. You don’t know what is below the watery surface. Strange large monsters could be lurking below in the darkness and there is no way to know.  I think there is something about...

The Grinch and His Heart Problem

By Jesse Sumpter Hollywood does not understand the Grinch’s heart problem. The famous song has it correct: Mr. Grinch’s heart is an empty hole. But the last two movies about the Grinch have redefined his problem, placing the problem somewhere else. In this way, both...

Black Panther and the Savior of the Nations

By Jesse Sumpter Black Panther engages with some important philosophical questions—some of the best since The Dark Knight trilogy. But the movie fails to give anything close to an interesting answer. The ending scene in Oakland fails to offer anything substantial...

Chef: A Review

Every once in a while you hit a movie that is just plain beautiful. I mean, real life beautiful. The story is wonderful, the characters and acting are wonderful, and it moves you to want to do what you were made to do. Chef (written, produced, directed by, and...

Dance with Us – Dance and the Christian Life

Team Farley has a number of Family Rules that are beyond discussion. Rule #1: When Billy Idol comes on the radio no one may leave the car until the song is over. You must respect the Idol. It is our most sacred Family Rule. Rule #2: “Hello,” by Adele, requires that...

The Tree of Life

  Well, it’s summer.  It’s time for the beach towels, sunblock, the nearest pool, and, yes, good movies.  Who doesn’t love a late night movie with some great friends?  Good movies, though, are harder to find than the nearest swimming hole.  What do I mean by a...

Is Our Galaxy Worth Guarding? (A Sort-Of-Not-Really Movie Review)

It is true that nobody makes a new earth without first making a new heaven. - G. K. Chesterton (Ffinch 1986, 278) I have recently been wondering, if I were to travel to Krypton, would the sun give me superpowers? Or would Krypton’s sun, being red and therefore older...

Houses of Healing, Houses of Hope

Guest Article By Gregory Soderberg In the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, there are many features of our modern life that we take for granted. Toilet paper, meat, hand sanitizer … and hospitals. Although adequate medical care is still tragically absent in many...

Loving Your Neighbor: COVID-19 Edition

By Levi Secord If there is a chief faux-virtue today, it is love. No one wants to be against love, especially Christians. After all, God is love. For this reason, appealing to some vague definition of love is a play run on Christians all the time. I cringe more often...

Houses of Healing, Houses of Hope

Guest Article By Gregory Soderberg In the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, there are many features of our modern life that we take for granted. Toilet paper, meat, hand sanitizer … and hospitals. Although adequate medical care is still tragically absent in many...

What Christian Witness?

By Levi Secord One tired argument aimed at rowdy Baptists (and Presbyterians) is the need to protect our witness. As the reasoning goes, Christians should wear facemasks, not reopen before the community is ready, and submit to unlawful closures of churches all in the...

Ok Dude: Zuby’s Truth-Telling New Single

Rap succeeds best as a transgressive genre—hard men saying hard truths against the spirit of the age. Zuby’s new single Ok Dude hits the mark in just this way.  But first, the backstory: In February, Twitter suspended Zuby’s account (@ZubyMusic) after he replied “Ok...

How Toxic Social Media Affects Young Adults

By Emma Perley Social media affects everyone, either directly, like through your smartphone or computer, or indirectly, like how live news affects a nation. In America, it is available to everybody. If you don’t have a smartphone, you probably own a computer or...

Motherhood in the Mission of God

By Rhett Burns At the most recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (my denomination), president J.D. Greear hosted a panel discussion entitled, Indispensable Partners: The Value of Women in God’s Mission. The discussion was standard narrow...

Latest in Religion and Science

Houses of Healing, Houses of Hope

Guest Article By Gregory Soderberg In the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, there are many features of our modern life that we take for granted. Toilet paper, meat, hand sanitizer … and hospitals. Although adequate medical care is still tragically absent in many...

Houses of Healing, Houses of Hope

Guest Article By Gregory Soderberg In the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, there are many features of our modern life that we take for granted. Toilet paper, meat, hand sanitizer … and hospitals. Although adequate medical care is still tragically absent in many...

Houses of Healing, Houses of Hope

Guest Article By Gregory Soderberg In the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, there are many features of our modern life that we take for granted. Toilet paper, meat, hand sanitizer … and hospitals. Although adequate medical care is still tragically absent in many...

Nouveau Pelagianism

In his Confessions, Augustine (354-430) describes mankind’s universal sinful bent as “concupiscence.” The Greek word epithumia (ἐπιθυμία) occurs 38 times in the New Testament. It describes the utter enfeebling of mankind’s freedom of will through the bondage of sin....

Houses of Healing, Houses of Hope

Guest Article By Gregory Soderberg In the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, there are many features of our modern life that we take for granted. Toilet paper, meat, hand sanitizer … and hospitals. Although adequate medical care is still tragically absent in many...

What Christian Witness?

By Levi Secord One tired argument aimed at rowdy Baptists (and Presbyterians) is the need to protect our witness. As the reasoning goes, Christians should wear facemasks, not reopen before the community is ready, and submit to unlawful closures of churches all in the...

Ok Dude: Zuby’s Truth-Telling New Single

Rap succeeds best as a transgressive genre—hard men saying hard truths against the spirit of the age. Zuby’s new single Ok Dude hits the mark in just this way.  But first, the backstory: In February, Twitter suspended Zuby’s account (@ZubyMusic) after he replied “Ok...

Ok Dude: Zuby’s Truth-Telling New Single

Rap succeeds best as a transgressive genre—hard men saying hard truths against the spirit of the age. Zuby’s new single Ok Dude hits the mark in just this way.  But first, the backstory: In February, Twitter suspended Zuby’s account (@ZubyMusic) after he replied “Ok...

The Grinch and His Heart Problem

By Jesse Sumpter Hollywood does not understand the Grinch’s heart problem. The famous song has it correct: Mr. Grinch’s heart is an empty hole. But the last two movies about the Grinch have redefined his problem, placing the problem somewhere else. In this way, both...

Raspberry Pie – A Poem

Bent over raspberry pie,  my tongue the taproot of my soul.  Gems jammed and canned, sounding themselves in the crushing.  Rushing to the world, sweetening  the pie. Glorifying snowmelt  and sunshine. Tiny sun-run harvesters,  wide loads running row on row  of wind....

Houses of Healing, Houses of Hope

Guest Article By Gregory Soderberg In the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, there are many features of our modern life that we take for granted. Toilet paper, meat, hand sanitizer … and hospitals. Although adequate medical care is still tragically absent in many...

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What Christian Witness?

By Levi Secord One tired argument aimed at rowdy Baptists (and Presbyterians) is the need to protect our witness. As the reasoning goes, Christians should wear facemasks, not reopen before the community is ready, and submit to unlawful closures of churches all in the...

read more

Ok Dude: Zuby’s Truth-Telling New Single

Rap succeeds best as a transgressive genre—hard men saying hard truths against the spirit of the age. Zuby’s new single Ok Dude hits the mark in just this way.  But first, the backstory: In February, Twitter suspended Zuby’s account (@ZubyMusic) after he replied “Ok...

read more

Unredeemed Glory: Michael Jordan and The Last Dance

During Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls, he and coach Phil Jackson granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to an NBA Entertainment film crew. Cameras followed the most iconic sports team of the 1990s and the biggest superstar in the world for...

read more

Constitutional Law & The Cult of Experts

Guest Post By Brian Sauvé As our forefather John Adams said, “If ye would know a people, know their Facebook memes.” I mean, he probably would have said that.  There’s a meme multiplying through the internet that caught my eye the other day. It says something to the...

read more

Loving Your Neighbor: COVID-19 Edition

By Levi Secord If there is a chief faux-virtue today, it is love. No one wants to be against love, especially Christians. After all, God is love. For this reason, appealing to some vague definition of love is a play run on Christians all the time. I cringe more often...

read more

The Wrath of the Educrats

By Rhett Burns Listen to this Article The Educrats are angry. And it seems they are lashing out in fear, having been threatened by the terrible vision of ten-year-olds learning their math facts at the kitchen table. Harvard Magazine ran a hit piece by Erin O’Donnell...

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