CrossPolitic Magazine

A Ladder, a Bible, and a Preacher: Fighting to End Abortion in South Carolina

By Rhett Burns I went to minister at our local abortion clinic for the first time like a safe and respectable Christian: I showed up to pray outside the entrance as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign last fall. One of the ladies serving at the gate kindly explained...

Being Tossed To and Fro By Critical Race Theory

By Levi Secord Preface In October, a group of concerned pastors and I met with our denomination’s leadership, the North American Baptist Conference (NAB). We brought our concerns about how the leadership, and its new Racial Righteousness ministry, were promoting the...

Telling the Whirlwind Where to Blow

By Rhett Burns Well, by my calculations today is March 375th.  Are you enjoying your "15 days to flatten the curve" yet? Personally, I would like to cancel my free trial of communism, reinstall the Christian republic operating system, and return to the land of...

In Every Domain of Human Existence: An Institution-Building Church

By Rhett Burns The book of Proverbs often perplexes modern readers of the Bible with its earthiness. What’s with all the talk of work and women and words? What does that have to do with the Great Commission and the kingdom of God? It turns out a lot.  In his book...

Christian Defense of Nationalism

Guest Article by Darrell Dow The last decade has seen the global emergence of nationalism and populism. From Japan to the Indian subcontinent, from the Middle East to Europe and the Americas, the global political divide is increasingly defined by the chasm separating...

Book Review: Strong and Courageous

By Rhett Burns Strong and Courageous: Following Jesus Amid the Rise of America’s New Religion by Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore (Founders Press, January 15, 2021) The United States of America is witnessing the ascent of a new religion, characterized by the twin...

Being Tossed To and Fro By Critical Race Theory

By Levi Secord Preface In October, a group of concerned pastors and I met with our denomination’s leadership, the North American Baptist Conference (NAB). We brought our concerns about how the leadership, and its new Racial Righteousness ministry, were promoting the...

Christian Defense of Nationalism

Guest Article by Darrell Dow The last decade has seen the global emergence of nationalism and populism. From Japan to the Indian subcontinent, from the Middle East to Europe and the Americas, the global political divide is increasingly defined by the chasm separating...

Militant Joy: Reflections on the First FLF Conference

During the live CrossPolitic show recorded at the recent Fight Laugh Feast Conference, Glenn Sunshine described the FLF Network orbit as “militantly joyous.” From what I’ve observed of network show hosts, listeners, conference attendees, speakers, volunteers, and blog...

Are You Serious?

Guest Article by Michael Foster and Bnonn Tennant Do you want to be taken seriously as a man? Most men do, but most men equally find it difficult to be the sort of man that others take seriously. A man with gravitas. Men need gravitas like women need beauty. The term...

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...

2020: The Year of Our Lord

By Rhett Burns America has hashtagged, memed, and bemoaned the year 2020. People have shaken their heads, cracked jokes, complained, and otherwise wished the calendar would change, in hopes their fortunes would change with it.  But let me remind you: 2020, for all its...

What Skills Make a Man Valuable?

By Jesse Sumpter Discussions about the nature of men and women often focus on identity and being. You will hear people ask kids: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” But in discussing the god-given nature of men and women it would be more helpful to discuss...

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...

Latest on Abortion

A Ladder, a Bible, and a Preacher: Fighting to End Abortion in South Carolina

By Rhett Burns I went to minister at our local abortion clinic for the first time like a safe and respectable Christian: I showed up to pray outside the entrance as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign last fall. One of the ladies serving at the gate kindly explained...

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...

Health Care Sharing Members’ Stories Matter

By Ted Pittenger A Jan. 2 New York Times story by Reed Abelson about health care sharing organizations used Samaritan Ministries International members Mark and Caroline Collie for the opening of the piece. It had a catchy headline: "It Looks Like Health Insurance, but...

In Diversity We Trust?

By Levi Secord Recently, I saw a man with “In diversity we trust” emblazoned on his shirt. Replacing “In God we trust” with this mantra offers insight into how some people view diversity. With the rise of critical race theory and social justice, both inside and...

A Response to Matt Chandler

By Levi Secord I like Matt Chandler. I’ve benefited from both his books and preaching. On many central and secondary doctrines, we are closely aligned. In this way, I view him more as an ally than a theological boogeyman. But, I’ve noticed his normal clear thinking is...

Christian Defense of Nationalism

Guest Article by Darrell Dow The last decade has seen the global emergence of nationalism and populism. From Japan to the Indian subcontinent, from the Middle East to Europe and the Americas, the global political divide is increasingly defined by the chasm separating...

The Justice of Poverty

By Levi Secord Central to the social justice movement is the belief that inequality of outcome is a telltale sign of injustice: things like income inequality, education inequality, and social inequality are proof of evil. Of course, this principle is only selectively...

The Justice of Poverty

By Levi Secord Central to the social justice movement is the belief that inequality of outcome is a telltale sign of injustice: things like income inequality, education inequality, and social inequality are proof of evil. Of course, this principle is only selectively...

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...

Author Interview: It’s GOOD to be a Girl!

CrossPolitic: Thanks for doing this interview, Joseph. It is great to see your newest book is out: It’s GOOD to be a Girl! Joseph Spurgeon: Thanks for interviewing me. CP: Why did you write this book? Spurgeon: All throughout church history, the church has had various...

Cynical Theories: A Christian Review

By Levi Secord In Cynical Theories, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay issue a stinging rebuke of critical theory, and its various twisted children, by exposing its reliance on postmodernism. This book is aptly named, as these theories are cynical in the worst ways....

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...

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...

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...

Being Tossed To and Fro By Critical Race Theory

By Levi Secord Preface In October, a group of concerned pastors and I met with our denomination’s leadership, the North American Baptist Conference (NAB). We brought our concerns about how the leadership, and its new Racial Righteousness ministry, were promoting the...

Singing and the Sons of God: On the Recovery of Maximalism

Congregational singing is in the crosshairs of Covid-19 as public health recommendations and orders from civil magistrates in some areas of the country seek to restrict the liturgy. Some churches have pulled the trigger and put singing to rest, at least for a time....

#StillPostmil

By Rhett Burns This year has been a doozy. Australia caught fire for weeks. United States forces killed Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, stoking tensions with the Islamic regime. A global pandemic hit, causing both a health and economic crisis as the world shut...

Being Tossed To and Fro By Critical Race Theory

By Levi Secord Preface In October, a group of concerned pastors and I met with our denomination’s leadership, the North American Baptist Conference (NAB). We brought our concerns about how the leadership, and its new Racial Righteousness ministry, were promoting the...

Telling the Whirlwind Where to Blow

By Rhett Burns Well, by my calculations today is March 375th.  Are you enjoying your "15 days to flatten the curve" yet? Personally, I would like to cancel my free trial of communism, reinstall the Christian republic operating system, and return to the land of...

Being Tossed To and Fro By Critical Race Theory

By Levi Secord Preface In October, a group of concerned pastors and I met with our denomination’s leadership, the North American Baptist Conference (NAB). We brought our concerns about how the leadership, and its new Racial Righteousness ministry, were promoting the...

Telling the Whirlwind Where to Blow

By Rhett Burns Well, by my calculations today is March 375th.  Are you enjoying your "15 days to flatten the curve" yet? Personally, I would like to cancel my free trial of communism, reinstall the Christian republic operating system, and return to the land of...

Latest in Religion and Science

Christian Defense of Nationalism

Guest Article by Darrell Dow The last decade has seen the global emergence of nationalism and populism. From Japan to the Indian subcontinent, from the Middle East to Europe and the Americas, the global political divide is increasingly defined by the chasm separating...

The New Health Care: 5 Ways Samaritan Ministries Transforms Health Care

Guest Article By Anthony Hopp As more Americans learn about health care sharing, Samaritan Ministries International remains one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America. Several distinctives have guided the ministry in following its mission for 25...

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...

Being Tossed To and Fro By Critical Race Theory

By Levi Secord Preface In October, a group of concerned pastors and I met with our denomination’s leadership, the North American Baptist Conference (NAB). We brought our concerns about how the leadership, and its new Racial Righteousness ministry, were promoting the...

Book Review: Strong and Courageous

By Rhett Burns Strong and Courageous: Following Jesus Amid the Rise of America’s New Religion by Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore (Founders Press, January 15, 2021) The United States of America is witnessing the ascent of a new religion, characterized by the twin...

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...

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...

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....

Being Tossed To and Fro By Critical Race Theory

By Levi Secord Preface In October, a group of concerned pastors and I met with our denomination’s leadership, the North American Baptist Conference (NAB). We brought our concerns about how the leadership, and its new Racial Righteousness ministry, were promoting the...

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Telling the Whirlwind Where to Blow

By Rhett Burns Well, by my calculations today is March 375th.  Are you enjoying your "15 days to flatten the curve" yet? Personally, I would like to cancel my free trial of communism, reinstall the Christian republic operating system, and return to the land of...

read more

Christian Defense of Nationalism

Guest Article by Darrell Dow The last decade has seen the global emergence of nationalism and populism. From Japan to the Indian subcontinent, from the Middle East to Europe and the Americas, the global political divide is increasingly defined by the chasm separating...

read more

Book Review: Strong and Courageous

By Rhett Burns Strong and Courageous: Following Jesus Amid the Rise of America’s New Religion by Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore (Founders Press, January 15, 2021) The United States of America is witnessing the ascent of a new religion, characterized by the twin...

read more

2020: The Year of Our Lord

By Rhett Burns America has hashtagged, memed, and bemoaned the year 2020. People have shaken their heads, cracked jokes, complained, and otherwise wished the calendar would change, in hopes their fortunes would change with it.  But let me remind you: 2020, for all its...

read more

What Skills Make a Man Valuable?

By Jesse Sumpter Discussions about the nature of men and women often focus on identity and being. You will hear people ask kids: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” But in discussing the god-given nature of men and women it would be more helpful to discuss...

read more