I can only imagine what it's like to stand before the God of the universe and defend a life spent actively destroying the sexual ethic taught in Scripture. Hefner pitted sex and religion against one another. To him, religion was the enemy of sex and sexual expression.
The problem extends far beyond what's happened at Wheaton College. Unfortunately, I have witnessed that the kind of diseased and overly masculinized notion of manhood inherent in hazing is rife within segments of the evangelical church.
Attitudes about gender have been rapidly changing not just in culture, but also in the church. This supposedly new perspective is not new at all. It is actually rooted in an ancient heretical philosophy called Gnosticism, though I doubt many transgender-supporting Christians realize it.
Abdul El-Sayed, potentially the nation's first Muslim governor, sounds like the quintessential progressive politician. According to his website, the Michigan Democrat upholds "strict separation of church and state," and vows to "defend the right of all Americans to pray as they choose." He also opposes discrimination against the LGBTQ community, and supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
As usual, the media are acting like fools – and as usual, Trump is responding in kind or worse, showing himself to be an equal or even greater fool. But what's particularly disconcerting is the way even Christians are not only excusing, but cheering Trump's reprehensible behavior.
Senator Bernie Sanders doesn't think Christians are fit to serve in public office.
It's tough being an abortionist. There are few places you can share about the challenges of your work – to discuss the "heads that get stuck that we can't get out" or how difficult "taking (a fetus) apart" can be. After all, a fetus is "a tough little object," and ripping it limb by limb can be traumatic – at least on "day one."
The story, which was published over the weekend in The New York Times, has infuriated scores of Americans. It also sadly has reinforced negative stereotypes of Christians as legalistic and hypocritical jerks, who simultaneously rail against abortion, while shaming those who choose life.
President Donald Trump today signaled his intentions to make good on a promise to "totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment by signing an executive order "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty." While I appreciate the gesture, the order destroys nothing and falls significantly short of earlier promises.
I have attended Q every year for the past five years and have always found the conference to be intellectually stimulating and a good barometer of how Millennial Christian leaders are thinking.
It's happening again. A prominent figure of the political Right is being accused of preying on women and betraying the ideals of the conservative movement, yet rather than confront him, conservatives are rallying to his defense.
I was prepared to hate The Shack. But after seeing it once, I had a strong sense that someone I love dearly needed to see the movie — someone who had walked away from God but was softening towards him. We saw it together, we cried, and then ...
Today thousands of women around the country will skip work, wear red and attend rallies in honor of "A Day Without a Woman," the first major event by organizers of the Women's March since the actual march in January.
It happened when I posted something to social media lamenting author Jen Hatmaker's disastrous decision to affirm gay unions.
At Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump vowed to "totally destroy the Johnson Amendment," which bars churches and non-profit groups from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
Madonna dropping F-bombs and talking about blowing up the White House. Actress Ashley Judd proudly proclaiming, "Yeah, I'm a nasty woman – a loud vulgar, proud woman." And mothers marching with their daughters while wearing female genitalia on their heads.
I actually teared up on election night. Given the concerns I raised about Donald Trump during the campaign, one might think I was crying tears of sadness. But I wasn't. I was crying tears of sheer relief.
My favorite movies always include what my theater professor in college called "exaltation" – a character who remains true to his principles and therefore is exalted, even if he loses or dies.
Do Christians want leaders or lemmings? The recent controversy concerning Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), suggests we'd prefer the latter.
Christmas this year falls on a Sunday, which has some churchgoers in a tizzy.
Americans have just elected someone who is arguably the most morally flawed person to ever hold our nation's highest office —and they did it with the overwhelming support of evangelicals.
"Does this make you more feminist?" The question came from a female reporter for a secular magazine, who was interviewing me for an upcoming story on the gender gap in the evangelical church.
I honestly don't know what makes me more sick. Listening to Trump brag about groping women or listening to my fellow evangelicals defend him.
If Hillary Clinton becomes president, Karisa Johns Smith says she "will probably cry." Smith, a so-called "Jesus feminist" and doctoral candidate at Wheaton College, views a future President Hillary Clinton as an exemplary model for the next generation of women.
Jesus confronted the money-changers and challenged believers to give to the needy. But, would he support socialism?