“Converted to the Cause of Truth”

From First Thoughts

Few people write about the intellectual core of the pro-life movement quite like Robert P. George of Princeton.  He is a comely figure, whose spirit always impresses foes even as his keen intellect often shames them by exposing the flaws in their logic.  When my students seem to be . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Demise of Steeples

From First Thoughts

Recently I was in a meeting on the top floor of one of Nashville’s tallest buildings.  The view was marvelous and, honestly, quite a distraction from the day’s agenda.  As the landscape rolled toward the suburbs, I became struck by how many steeples I could see poking out like . . . . Continue Reading »

When Providence became Very Real to Me

From First Thoughts

Today is the anniversary of the most difficult day of my life, February 5, 2008.  On that date, an EF-4 tornado tore a jagged slice through the very middle of the campus of Union University, where I teach.  I will never forget seeing the funnel cloud crossing the highway a few hundred . . . . Continue Reading »

On (Christian) Publishing

From First Thoughts

In once heard Anne Lamott say that the day your first book is released is a real heartbreaker of an experience: your hair still won’t lie correctly, your skin hasn’t improved, and the world just seems to continue on as it always has.  When you go to the store, no one stops you for . . . . Continue Reading »

On University Statements of Faith

From First Thoughts

I have the joy and privilege of serving as the chief academic officer at Union University, which is a Baptist institution. Some time ago I was at a gathering of academic leaders from at least nominally Christian colleges and we had an interesting conversation about statements of faith for faculty . . . . Continue Reading »

Is That a Tithe-Deductible Expense?

From First Thoughts

The fall months are when most churches are putting their budgets together for presentation to their congregants. I had a really amazing conversation with a pastor recently about how many people now not only don’t know the definition of tithing but have interesting ideas about what constitutes a . . . . Continue Reading »