Hair Flapping in the Wind: On the SBC and Women

Hair Flapping in the Wind: On the SBC and Women

My denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, held its annual meeting last week. In response to current cultural trends, namely the #MeToo movement and the Paige Patterson fiasco, leaders and messengers spent a significant amount of time addressing women’s issues....

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Facebook, Evangelism, and the Control of Information

Facebook, Evangelism, and the Control of Information

Adam Ford has sold the Christian satire news site, The Babylon Bee. Launched in 2016, the Bee employs The Onion-style satire to spoof American evangelicalism—its popular pastors, authors, and fads—while taking occasional jabs at our larger secular culture. It has been...

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Islam, End Times, and the Imago Dei

Islam, End Times, and the Imago Dei

Last week was crazy. The United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Hamas greeted the move in their usual manner, which means with bombs and human shields. Major media outlets portrayed Hamas in their usual manner, which means referring to them as...

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Alfie Evans and the Post-Familial World

Alfie Evans and the Post-Familial World

By now the tragic story of Alfie Evans is well known. The English toddler with an undiagnosed neurodegenerative disorder died last week, five days after doctors extubated him and abandoned all treatment, except palliative care. A judge denied Alfie’s parents the right...

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Just or Unjust: Reviewing the Syrian Missile Strike

Just or Unjust: Reviewing the Syrian Missile Strike

Last week, I posted my article on just war and the ascendance of foreign policy hawks in the White House on the same morning President Trump tweeted this: Two days later, President Trump, along with his British and French counterparts, ordered a limited missile strike...

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A Christian Case for Gun Rights?

A Christian Case for Gun Rights?

The news cycle following a mass shooting is predictable. Thoughts and prayers are offered, outrage and demands are expressed, and the cable news stations fill up time with people yelling for or against gun control. The week after Parkland has been no different. Yet,...

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Book Notice: The New People Next Door

Book Notice: The New People Next Door

Several years ago, I was riding in a taxi on the north side of Istanbul. For a good portion of the ride, the driver explained to me how bad America is. It was the usual diatribe: George W. Bush is bad, war for oil, Islamaphobia, and so on. He knew I was American—my...

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