If we want Christianity to stay relevant with young people, they say, we've got to rewrite the way we do church, including our songs. Let's think about that.
Imagine you and your spouse find out you're expecting. Having experienced this moment a few times, I know there's nothing quite like it. Your world changes, and within days, your child's entire biography unfolds in your mind: her first steps, first words, kindergarten, little league, ballet, high school, college, and eventually a young adult who will make you insanely proud. It's all so promising.
When prenatal testing revealed that the White's second child had Down Syndrome, Heath was heartbroken and dreaded her arrival. Heath later understood that his daughter was just as precious as any other child. And he wanted the world to know the same thing.
Even after the Supreme Court's rulings, can you imagine our culture returning to marriage as God designed it? As we often say around here, politics is downstream of culture. Given what the current cultural definition of marriage is, the political one will soon follow, unless it is challenged and redeemed. This is where the battle must be waged.
The spiritual diet of too many Christians consists of a lot of Bible McNuggets. And that's not healthy.
So the government wants our daughters to have access to the morning-after pill. The question is, what are we going to do about it?
Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined the phrase "defining deviancy down" to describe the process by which we accept outrageous acts that we would never have tolerated a generation ago. Well, looking at recent headlines, let's consider adopting a new term: defining depravity down.
It was striking that in the oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case before the Supreme Court so little credence was given to the connection between marriage and procreation.
On May 7th, Delaware became the eleventh state to legalize same-sex marriage. On May 14th, Minnesota became the twelfth. While that leaves thirty-eight states that haven't redefined marriage, we shouldn't deceive ourselves. As Rod Dreher recently pointed out in "The American Conservative," historians will one day remember our time as "a cultural revolution."
C. S. Lewis observed that the most dangerous ideas in a society are not the ones argued, but the ones assumed. And there's little doubt that in most universities across the United States, secularist materialism, in one form or another, is the assumed and unquestioned perspective from which most subjects are understood and taught.
Among the many offenses of the "abortion license in America" is its incoherence and arbitrariness. Gosnell faced the death penalty for actions which, if they had been performed weeks or even minutes earlier, might not have even been a criminal offense.
Now, I'm not interested in questioning Collins's courage. It's likely that this announcement wasn't easy for him. I do think it's worth noting, however, how many pundits and other public figures were tripping over each other to shower him with encouragement, support, and praise. When you get a call from the President of the United States to congratulate you on the step you've just taken, it's a safe guess you really didn't have much to fear in taking it.
real medical breakthroughs are far more likely to come as the result of research done using adult stem cells. And this leaves an obvious question: Why pursue embryonic stem cell research at all? Given the "ethical blemishes," and the lack of results, why do people still insist on pursuing this moral and scientific dead end?
In a scene from Jurassic Park, Ian Malcolm, the mathematician skeptical about whether the park is a good idea, watches the T-Rex burst out of its enclosure and says, "I hate being right all the time."
Democracy is a good thing, but the persecution of Christians that can result from democracy is not.
Scientists often believe that if something can be done it should be done. But that's not always true.
If you have the impression that most arguments for traditional marriage fall on deaf ears, you may be right. This is true even when we're careful to avoid biblical or theological language in our arguments. But make them anyway.
I keep hearing that if we stand for truth, we risk alienating people from the Gospel. But we don't need to choose between truth and love.
American Girl dolls teach history and tell stories at the same time. But Julie from the '70s hits too close to home.
When you pay that much for a baby, naturally you want a return policy. One couple did, but the surrogate said no...to $10,000.
If the Moral Majority had thought of this, the media would be flipping out. If Mitt Romney had proposed this, then they'd say we're on the verge of a new Dark Ages. But the idea comes not from conservative Lynchburg or Provo but from liberal Iceland. Tiny Iceland has a big problem—violent, hardcore internet pornography. That's why some officials want to block access to it.
Scarcely, a month goes by without some major news outlet referring to Evangelicals as "Evangelists." Similarly, these outlets often use the word "evangelical" and "fundamentalist" interchangeably, and their work suggests that most of what they know about us is limited to what they have gleaned from the world of politics.
People are waiting longer and longer to have their first child. Good thing? Bad thing? Christian thing?
It's not news that people are waiting longer and longer before they marry and have children. What's becoming news are the consequences.
Despite controversy or recriminations, Christians must stay in the arena, engaged in public life. Our posture in the midst of these divisive issues is important, but so is our presence. It's distracting, some say. The real task is to preach the Gospel. That's missing a very important point.