Thoughts on Natural Law

From First Thoughts

The subject of the natural law came up in a talk with a friend a while back. She is very passionate about the rights of illegal aliens, border issues, etc. I happened to know prior to the conversation that she considers herself a “nontheist.” If I understand correctly, the word nontheist . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelicals and Fatima

From First Thoughts

As I may have mentioned earlier, I grew up with Catholics on my mother’s side and the Church of Christ on my father’s side.  Not exactly a recipe for happy relations.  For the record, the Catholics were more gracious about it.  I found the tension painful, difficult, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Redecorating the Public Square

From First Thoughts

The transcript of my interview with Benjamin Wiker (who wrote Ten Books that Screwed Up the World) of To the Source is up.  We talk about my book The End of Secularism.Here’s a clip where I answer Wiker’s question as to whether I am calling Christians to be anti-secular . . . . Continue Reading »

Should Christians Apologize . . .

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There was a post below on whether Christians should fast during Ramadan.  The answer is clearly no.  We should proclaim the gospel and why we believe it (See Resurrection, The).But the other question comes from Donald Miller’s book Blue Like Jazz (which, as I’ve said before, I . . . . Continue Reading »

A Not So Pro-life Patriarch …

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File this under “U” for Ugh. John Couretas is drawing attention to statements by Metropolitan Bartholomeis of Chalcedon. And wow, these are some pretty “unorthodox” statements regarding the sanctity of life from a member of the Orthodox clergy. Take it away, John: Here is a . . . . Continue Reading »

Thinking about the University . . .

From First Thoughts

I am employed by Houston Baptist University. We are working hard to respond to a gigantic cultural need for strong universities that can offer a distinctively Christian education. You can read our vision for the next 10-12 years here. I just returned from giving a lecture at Union University which . . . . Continue Reading »