Yesterday I argued that God’s kind of love begins in the affections and shows itself outwardly in action. But that kind of love is difficult, so we come up with poor alternatives. In this post, I’m going to explore some of those alternatives. One such alternative that I hear people...
I've heard it said a few too many times. I feel like it's a well-meaning solution to a serious heart problem. Maybe you've heard it said too. Maybe you've even said it yourself (or something very close to it). "I'll love 'em, but I don't have to like 'em." On the one...
In the last two posts, I’ve explored the ancient Roman context of homosexuality. This, of course, will help color in the borders of the portrait that the New Testament paints—and yes, we’ll get to the New Testament in due time. I don’t want to attempt to broadcast what the...
Healthy is in right now. Or so I’m told. Though we sometimes get stressed out about the “Super-sizing” of America, I also see a huge trend toward fitness. Gym memberships, fitness boot camps, and diets of every kind. Each new dietary choice is trendier than the last, and there...
In honor of the launch of our Fall semester, I’m going to explore an interesting phenomenon: plagiarism. Few will be surprised to learn the truth. Christian students plagiarize, whether they attend public or private colleges, secular or Christian universities. I find the psychology behind the urge to cheat fascinating, but...

Go Easy on Miley

Every non-mountain-recluse in America knows about the infamous Miley Cyrus incident on the VMAs last week. (For you mountain-recluses, Miley performed a song and dance routine that was so filthy, the title “suggestive” barely applies.) It wasn’t exactly family television. But for a few reasons, I say go easy on...
This is the subject of a book I'm working on. And it’s the subject of the next great battle that the church will face in the coming years—indeed, it’s already facing it. Before I write a book, however, I like to blog about the subject. It’s a good way to...
I remember being really annoyed as a kid when MTV stopped playing music. (Above reproach alert: I was not a Christian then.) Instead of music videos they had shows about the lives of the musicians. It was so bad they actually spun off a whole new channel (MTV2) that...
This past week I had the privilege of taking part in a weekend conference for the Chinese Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles. Like many Chinese churches, this church consists of three congregations: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Though the whole conference was great, perhaps the most impactful moment came on...
United States citizenship is a hot issue. Many people in the world would love to become US citizens. And many people inside of the US are trying very hard to keep them from becoming US citizens. Now, like almost every other American, I admit that I did nothing to earn...
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