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CRU Goes Full-On Woke

CRU Goes Full-On Woke

I Knew when Campus Crusade for Christ changed their name to CRU in 2011 it wasn’t a good sign. I can understand that the word crusade had some negative connotations in the Middle East, but only because Muslims and too many Christians accepted a faulty interpretation...

What Happens When You See a Beautiful Butterfly?

What Happens When You See a Beautiful Butterfly?

That will depend on what our eyes and brain have been programmed to see, whether it is by the secular culture in which we daily swim, or God's word. If it is the former, we'll see a pretty butterfly, beautiful colors that amaze us, and that's it. If it is the latter,...

Diversity is Not a Virtue: Critical Race Theory and Marxism

Diversity is Not a Virtue: Critical Race Theory and Marxism

Many well meaning Christians are under the impression that diversity is a good thing. It is not. It is not a bad thing either; it just is. In other words, just because a certain population is diverse in terms of skin color or nationality doesn't make it morally better...

DC’s Silly Talk: Dissecting a Deconstruction

DC’s Silly Talk: Dissecting a Deconstruction

I saw yet another story last week about a Christian "celebrity" who announced his "deconstruction," meaning leaving Christianity, or in his case, re-defining it. This "Grammy-winning vocalist," Kevin Max, is a member of "the popular Christian band DC Talk." He calls...

Voddie Baucham on the The Abomination of Sodomy

Voddie Baucham on the The Abomination of Sodomy

In case you're not familiar with that word, it means homosexuality, and to call it an abomination is, well, just not polite! Not to mention, it can get you "cancelled." I'm shocked this video by Voddie hasn't gotten taken down from YouTube, or what I've come to call...

Milo Yiannopoulos Is No Longer a Homosexual!

When I told my son, I guess the more cynical of my three children, he didn't believe it. He, like a lot of people, figured he wasn't even homosexual in the first place, that it was all an act to gain attention. If you don't know who Milo is, he is a provocateur who...

There is Nothing as Seductively Secular as Frank

There is Nothing as Seductively Secular as Frank

If you have to ask what Frank, stop reading right now. Anyone who lived in the 20th century, and raised their kids well in the 21st, should know that could only be the incomparable Sinatra, the Chairman of the Board. The other night my wife told some little intimate...

The Triumph of the Therapeutic: It’s All About Me!

The Triumph of the Therapeutic: It’s All About Me!

I'm not sure the title of a book can better capture our age than Philip Reiff's 1966 classic The Triumph of the Therapeutic, especially in the tumultuous 2020. The book is Reiff's take on Sigmund Freud, who he thought a genius, and the response of other psychoanalysts...

RIP Eddie Van Halen – Memento Mori

RIP Eddie Van Halen – Memento Mori

Eddie Van Halen was my sworn enemy when I was a teenager aspiring to be a guitar god. I'm a bit competitive by nature. I'll never forget a trip I took to the local Guitar Center on Hacienda Boulevard (SoCal) when I was 16 or 17. For some reason driving there I was...

Why Supporting President Trump is a Moral Imperative

Why Supporting President Trump is a Moral Imperative

I rarely get political here because my passion is to defend the veracity of the Christian faith, as I have to my children all their lives, and to rest of my brothers and sisters in Christ. But I feel I must in this case get political because I'm weary of left-wing,...

Chick-fil-A to Christians: You ARE Bigots!

Chick-fil-A to Christians: You ARE Bigots!

By now you've surely heard that the Chick-fil-A Foundation, the arm of the chicken giant ($10.5 billion in revenue and growing fast) that gives money to various causes, has changed its giving mission. Part of the announcement included the news that they will no longer...

My Take on Kanye: A Profound Cultural Moment

My Take on Kanye: A Profound Cultural Moment

Most people are familiar with the name of Kanye West, even if they think it an infamous one. After all, he's married to a Kardashian, and with that comes a cultural ubiquity of not the best sort, at least from a Christian perspective. Plus I've always thought of him...

Why Is Homosexuality Unnatural in Addition to Sin?

Why Is Homosexuality Unnatural in Addition to Sin?

Given this is ostensibly a blog about parenting, and that I soon have a book about parenting to be published, and we live in the 21st century, I can't escape commenting on homosexuality. As you know it is ubiquitous in our culture, and if you have children you won't...

Tim Keller is Wrong About Social Justice

Tim Keller is Wrong About Social Justice

I don't often get into political discussions here because this is a website about apologetics for my Christian faith and worldview, but I've also practiced apologetics for my political and economic convictions with my kids all their lives. These convictions of course...

Reflections on the Suicide of a Megachurch Pastor

Reflections on the Suicide of a Megachurch Pastor

Life can be so ineffably sad sometimes, and when I recently read about the suicide of a high-profile pastor I couldn't get it out of my mind. It made me angry even as it broke my heart. Commenting on a situation like it is fraught with danger in an age such as ours,...

Anne of Gay Gables

Anne of Gay Gables

The subject of this post may sound vaguely familiar, but with a very postmodern, 21st century twist. Many are familiar with the beloved 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.  Netflix has adapted the novel into a series called Anne...

“Conspiracy” and the Longing for Justice

“Conspiracy” and the Longing for Justice

In the soon to be blockbuster best-seller, The Persuasive Christian Parent, I tell the story of "the clicker." Yes, that clicker, more commonly known as the remote control. As you'll read in the book, the clicker is a great tool for engaging popular culture with our...

Public (Government) Schools Must Be Abolished!

Public (Government) Schools Must Be Abolished!

You can tell from the title of this post, that I won't be running for political office anytime soon. What's wrong with public schools? Why would I think they should be abolished? Many would call me crazy, but my argument is based on the first amendment to the...

Secularism and Mass Shootings

Secularism and Mass Shootings

I've been on a bit of a secularism kick of late, and as you may know I'm not a fan. I thought of secularism, and its discontents, as I heard of the latest American mass shooting in our new home state of Florida. Seventeen people killed in the prime of life, not by a...

Secularism – The Modern Berlin Wall, Part 1

Secularism – The Modern Berlin Wall, Part 1

On the evening the title of this post came to mind, I'd  been interacting with a possible publisher for the book. They have a concern with what appears my excessive confidence that we, Christians, can keep our kids Christian. Having read just the first few chapters...

The More Secular a Society, The Fewer Children Will Be Born

The More Secular a Society, The Fewer Children Will Be Born

When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, the big concern and among fear-mongering apocalyptics was over-population. One best-seller at the time, published in 1968 by Stanford University Professor Paul Ehrlich, was subtly titled The Population Bomb. It predicted that...

When In Doubt: How Culture Determines Plausibility

When In Doubt: How Culture Determines Plausibility

Although only 3% of Americans claim to be atheists according to a recent survey, belief in God can be problematic in a culture awash in secularism. In our media, education, and entertainment God is persona non grata. Here are three examples: It's amazing how many...

Notable Quotation

Notable Quotation

I signed the Nashville Statement because I stand with Biblical orthodoxy, which is inseparable from God’s creation mandate and definition of gendered personhood found in Genesis 1:27:  “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and...

“We Must Be True to Ourselves”

“We Must Be True to Ourselves”

The title of this post is almost an axiom among modern Americans. We may hear it put in other ways as well, like "as long it makes you happy," or "you must do what's in your heart." I've heard it said that we live in the age of "the sovereign self." In our age, the...

Bob Dylan And His Classical Education

Bob Dylan And His Classical Education

Although I've never been a big fan of Bob Dylan, I've always appreciated his genius, and especially his ability to capture the cultural Zeitgeist. A piece by Rod Dreher titled "Bob Dylan On The Road To Damascus" explains why he was so good at this. We learn from...

The Epidemic of Unexamined Assumptions

The Epidemic of Unexamined Assumptions

Given I'm a fan of popular culture, and a student of it's influence on, and reflection of, the worldview of the people in that culture, I was very eager to read a piece titled Questioning the Gods: How TV's Tackling Belief and Religion. The article perfectly captures...

Notable Quotation

Notable Quotation

We must attack the enemy's line of communication. What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects—with their Christianity latent. You can see this most easily if you look at it the other way round. Our...

FX’s The Americans: Everyone Lives by Faith

FX’s The Americans: Everyone Lives by Faith

The FX show The Americans is set in the Reagan era Cold War 80s. Two Soviet intelligence agents, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, pose as a married couple to spy on the American government. They didn't know each other prior to meeting in America, and are tasked with...

Are Millennials The Most Narcissistic Generation Ever?

Are Millennials The Most Narcissistic Generation Ever?

In my previous post I wrote about the word of the year, "post-truth," and how the triumph of the subjective makes assertions of Christianity as true, or anything as true for that matter (outside of scientific claims), problematic for many of our neighbors. The...

The 4 Horsemen of the Philosophical Apocalypse

The 4 Horsemen of the Philosophical Apocalypse

I saw this title at the Intellectual Takeout website, and was instantly curious. Two of the first three chapters of my book are on truth and epistemology, so I'm a big believer that philosophy is not exactly tangential to keeping our kids Christian. Most Americans,...

Darwinism: A Theory in Crisis?

Darwinism: A Theory in Crisis?

Darwinists are fond of saying that evolution is a "fact." Maybe, but facts are not self-explanatory. Most people who believe in evolution as an undirected, material process of random mutation driven by natural selection, are sincere and think the "facts" compel us to...

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone, who knows what Christmas is all about?! Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please? And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by...

Darwin’s Unbelief is News?

Darwin’s Unbelief is News?

Over the years I've read a variety of things about Charles Darwin's faith and his so called struggle with it, as if he was truly ambivalent about it. The deeper he got into his theory of evolution, the story goes, the more his faith gave way to doubt and eventually to...

Christians Are Coming Out of the Cultural Closet

Christians Are Coming Out of the Cultural Closet

With hit "faith-based" movies like War Room and Captive, there was much discussion about Christians and film making. Interestingly enough, some of the harshest critics of these movies are from Christians themselves who seem embarrassed by what I call the cheese factor...

Maybe Bowie is Looking Down from Heaven

Since Father Time took the great David Bowie, I have read numerous speculations about what might have been the state of his soul. Bowie, the consummate showman and actor, was a very private man, refreshing in the age of instant everything. So there isn't a lot to go...

Those Who Write and Tell The Stories, Control the Culture

Those Who Write and Tell The Stories, Control the Culture

I recently wrote a post at The American Culture about how the hot fall TV trend is interracial lesbian relationships. I argued that Hollywood has long had an agenda to normalize homosexual behavior, and because of that many Americans vastly overestimate the gay and...

Notable Quotation

Notable Quotation

Colson’s public-square work offers modern evangelicals a workable model. Initially, Colson considered himself contra mundum, “against the world,” as a believer. He wished to stand against evil. He never lost this vital perspective, but his friend, First Things editor...

Polyamory for All!

Polyamory for All!

The gay "marriage" ruling, the gift that keeps on giving. As one headline read: "‘Sister Wives’ family points to same-sex marriage cases in arguing against Utah polygamy ban."  Of course they would, and they would be perfectly logical to do so. In fact, the Obergefell...

Resources – Mars Hill Audio

Resources – Mars Hill Audio

Mars Hill is the famous place in Athens where the Apostle Paul debated with and spoke to Greek philosophers as described in Acts 17. It is also the name of an audio journal produced by Ken Myers for more than 20 years. A couple years ago Andrew Ferguson at the Weekly...

Richard Nixon: Culture Warrior

Richard Nixon: Culture Warrior

Most people would date the start of the culture wars to the 1960s and the sexual revolution, but the secular left's war against all things traditional actually began with the Chambers-Hiss case in 1948, according to Mark Judge. He makes a persuasive case. More...

“The Onion,” Pro-Life?

“The Onion,” Pro-Life?

What is this world coming to when The Onion can mock the abortion industry without any seeming embarrassment or concern? That’s just what they did in one of their faux news stories, “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex.” A mall dedicated to abortion! It’s...

Gay Marriage Supporters: Any Regrets Yet?

Gay Marriage Supporters: Any Regrets Yet?

David Harsanyi at The Federalist is one such conservative supporter who is having second thoughts. In "Was I Wrong To Support Gay Marriage?" he articulates what should have been obvious to everyone from pretty much the beginning of the push to redefine marriage: I’ve...

Notable Quotation

Notable Quotation

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize that our entire culture is in trouble.  We are staring down the barrel of a loaded gun, and we can no longer afford to act like it's loaded with blanks.  The guidance counselor at a public high school near my home...

Credit Pop Culture for Gay Marriage

The title of a piece in the LA Times after the gay marriage ruling: "Years before court ruling, pop culture shaped same-sex marriage debate." Ya think!" In fact, film and television have made homosexuality almost ubiquitous, to the point where many Americans think...

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On the Confederate battle flag, we are once again witnessing the sheer cultural power of the Left: take an irrelevancy (or at the very least a sideshow), make it the central, all-consuming issue, move the debate with astonishing speed, and then, after achieving the...