Michael Brown

CP Op-Ed Contributor

5 Questions About the Possibility of an Openly Gay NFL Player

In case you missed it this past weekend, the big news in sports had nothing to do with the Winter Olympics or with athletic triumphs and defeats. Instead, it was the news that a top college football player, Michael Sam, who is expected to be drafted in the NFL, declared that he is gay. It was deemed to be such big news that it was even the lead story on some non-sports news websites

From 'Fetus Slayer' to Pro-Life Champion

In the midst of the rising tide of hostility that pro-life activists are experiencing, it's important to remember that some of the most vociferous abortion advocates of the past have become prominent pro-life champions. It's a scenario that is sure to repeat itself again.

Cigarette Smoking Kills the Third Marlboro Man

Earlier this week it was reported that, for the third time, a Marlboro Man actor died of a smoking related disease after spending the last years of his speaking "out fiercely about the hazards of smoking." There's a biblical principle that underscores the tragic irony of these deaths, and it's summed up in one Hebrew word.

The Grammys and the Myth of Marriage Equality

In a tribute to "marriage equality," Sunday night's Grammy Awards featured the "on-air wedding of [33] couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors." In reality, talk of "marriage equality" is nothing of the sort.

A Call To Personal Revival

For many years, I have told students in our ministry school that the greatest challenge they will face is not learning to teach or preach well, or to administrate or evangelize or walk in the Spirit's power or raise funds, or whatever else is needed for effective ministry.

Polyamory Is Not Always Jolly

While the media continues to celebrate polyamory, the latest and most flexible variation of "family," not everyone is happy with these new living arrangements, and some are now speaking up.

Four Hyper-Grace Fallacies

As I dialogue with believers across a large spectrum of theological perspectives, it is clear that we often talk right past each other, disagreeing with each other before we even understand each other. Just as often, we uphold our own beliefs by misrepresenting the positions we reject. This does nothing to advance true understanding or dialogue.

Is a New Grace Reformation Taking Place Today?

Is there a new reformation sweeping the Church today, a reformation as radical and important as the Protestant Reformation that rocked the world 500 years ago? According to a growing number of Christian leaders, the answer is emphatically yes.

The Rabbi and the Duck Hunter

In the aftermath of the allegedly "homophobic" comments made by Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, the man known as "America's most famous rabbi" has offered a dissenting opinion. Between the rabbi and the duck hunter, who got it right?

Time to Stand Up to the Gay Censors

Since we all agree as followers of Jesus that bullying is wrong, it's time we stand up to the gay bullies who are trying to put us in the closet and take away our freedoms of speech, conscience, and religion.

Duck Dynasty, Gay Activism and the Clash of Two Cultures

You knew it would happen sooner or later. An outspoken, wildly popular, conservative Christian who doesn't give a hoot – or in this case, a quack – about political correctness would air his views about homosexuality, and overnight, Hollywood hell would break loose.

Nelson Mandela: Sinner or Saint?

Without a doubt, Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of our times, a man who became a legend and cultural icon while still alive. Now that he is dead, his detractors are demonizing him while his followers are canonizing him.

Authentic Fire Vs. Strange Fire: It's Not About Winning An Argument

For the last three weeks I have been working day and night on a book entitled Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire. But Authentic Fire is not just a rebuttal to what I believe are some of the major errors and misperceptions in the Strange Fire camp. The book is also an invitation to believers on all sides of the current debate to understand each other better, to learn from each other more, and to help each other fulfill the great commission in the fullness of the Spirit.

The Devil and Justice Scalia Spook the Liberal Media

According to Cenk Uygur, co-host of the Young Turks and a self-described fervent agnostic, "We have a lunatic on the court." He is speaking of Justice Antonin Scalia who stated in an interview with New York magazine that he believes in the existence of the devil. In the words of Uygur, that is "cuckoo for cocoa puffs."

Sex Change Industry: What They Don't Tell You

The story from Belgium was absolutely tragic. A 44-year-old woman disappointed by her female-to male surgery decided to die by euthanasia, feeling that the surgery had left her a monster. But the story behind the story is even more tragic