Genesis and Jesus

From First Thoughts

Evangelicals spend a lot of time fighting about Genesis and the proper interpretation thereof.  Catholics spend a lot less time on it for reasons which are not fully clear to me.  My area of scholarship is religion, law, and politics, so I am far from expert in this controversy as either a . . . . Continue Reading »

The American Church and Africa

From First Thoughts

I will make this short and simple, but I have hopes that many will be interested in the idea.We have all seen that huge amounts of foreign aid pouring into Africa through the years has done relatively little to make the lives of Africans better.  They still lack some of the basic things like . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: Hip Christianity

From First Thoughts

I’ll go on record predicting that liturgy is going to make a big comeback among evangelicals.  Preaching is content and content is now everywhere.  You don’t have to be at James MacDonald’s church in order to hear him preach.  He’s on your computer, in your . . . . Continue Reading »

Anne Rice’s Catholic Anti-Catholicism

From First Thoughts

By now, most have read Anne Rice’s emphatic rejection of Christianity.  She laid out her template of left-wing values which are more important to her than being part of the church which rejects these things (anti-science, anti-Democrat, anti-gay, anti-life, waitaminute, did she say . . . . Continue Reading »

Bonhoeffer and the Free Church

From First Thoughts

I’ve been reading through Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer . It is truly excellent. At points it almost has a dreamlike quality. I highly recommend it. What motivates this post is the point in the narrative where the German state church is confronted by the Aryan Paragraph . . . . Continue Reading »

Bonhoeffer and the Free Church

From First Thoughts

I’ve been reading through Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  It is truly excellent.  At points it almost has a dreamlike quality.  I highly recommend it.What motivates this post is the point in the narrative where the German state church is confronted by . . . . Continue Reading »

A Sermon on Truth

From First Thoughts

On my way out of Houston, my pastor asked me to preach a sermon about truth. I took the opportunity to return to first things and to try to help people have their own faith rather than just belonging to the Christian tribe.You can hear it here. It begins with the pastor talking about my wife and . . . . Continue Reading »