Russell D. Moore

Christian Post Guest Columnist

Why Blasphemy Laws Are Wrong

It's worth Christians asking: just why are blasphemy laws wrong? Now, obviously, as Christians we disagree with Islam and its teachings. And, obviously, we stand in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. But why would such laws against blasphemy not be appropriate in the reverse case.

ParaNorman and the Fear of a Christian America

I think this movie might be one more window on how the people we are called to love view us. The movie itself veers at times toward empathy. If there's any group easier to be demonized by Hollywood, one would think it would be undead Religious Right activists.

Is Skinny-Dipping in Galilee Sacrilegious?

Conservative Christians, obviously, aren't for getting naked in public and drunk anywhere. That said, I don't think there's anything here to be outraged about, as some sort of act of desecration. It was, to be sure, immature and stupid.

Pat Robertson vs. the Spirit of Adoption

I had promised never to mention Pat Robertson here again. Every few months he says some crazy scandalous thing. Let me just say this bluntly. This is not just a statement we ought to disagree with. This is of the devil.

Good News for Bad Preachers

I received an email from a young minister who is discouraged. He's just starting out in ministry, and says his preaching is terrible. He's trying to improve, but is just starting out, and is mediocre. Here's what I think. Your first few sermons are always terrible, no matter who you are.

Race and the Gospel in Mississippi

As a Mississippian and as a Baptist Christian, I cringed the other day when I heard that the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs had moved a couple's wedding ceremony to another venue, to keep a controversy from erupting in the church.

Is Gun Control a Pro-Life Issue?

Gun violence is clearly a pro-life issue to the extent that murder is evil and a violation of the dignity of the person and the right to life. That said, usually what people mean by including gun violence as a pro-life issue is not about gun violence, directly, but about gun control measures.

Catacomb Christianity and Cathedral Christianity

The catacombs are the legacy of a tiny persecuted band of believers. The cathedrals represent a very different turn in church history: a church that not only could grow in size but could, in fact, outgrow and outlast the Empire itself. We need both, somehow.

Mother's Day and the Infertile

Mother's Day is a particularly sensitive time in many congregations, and pastors and church leaders often don't even know it. It is good and right to honor mothers. We must recognize though that many infertile women find this day almost unbearable.

Beyond a Trickle-Down Liturgy

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of trickle-down liturgy. What I mean by that is music that is designed and marketed somewhere, makes it on Christian radio or other media, and then becomes familiar enough that people start singing it in church.

Peace and Justice in Iraq?

Tuesday was the ninth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. We might disagree about whether the war was the right decision, and about where U.S. policy should go from here. But those who belong to Christ ought to be able to agree on one at least one thing: prayer for peace, justice, and gospel in the old country of Abram.

Always Mardi Gras and Never Easter

There's nothing quite as bleak as a city street the morning after Mardi Gras. The steam of the humidity rises silently over asphalt riddled with forgotten doubloons, broken bottles, littered cigarettes, used condoms, clotted blood, and mangled vomit.

Gambling and the Common Good

Pro-gambling elected officials aren't evil villains (necessarily). Many of these elected officials have good aims. But I think both proponents and opponents of expanded gambling see this as merely a "values" issue.

Let's Have More Worship Wars

Most of our varying critiques of musical forms are often just narcissism disguised as concern about theological and liturgical downgrade. That's why I think we need more, and better, worship wars.

The Humanity of Christ Matters

Why is it so hard for us to imagine Jesus vomiting? The answer to this question has to do, first of all, with the one-dimensional picture of Jesus so many of us have been taught