Nov 24, 2020
When the Dogma Lives Loudly in a Democrat
In hindsight, Amy Coney Barrett likely became an inevitable Supreme Court nominee on September 6, 2017. That's the day when California senator Dianne Feinstein said to Barrett (then...
Nov 17, 2020
Cultural Consequences of Very Republican Christianity
In the aftermath of the presidential election, one thing is unclear about the Evangelical vote, and two things are quite clear. Here's what’s hazy: Did Joe Biden win the...
Nov 9, 2020
May God Bless President Biden
At 7:33 a.m. on November 9, 2016, I published a short post at National Review called “May God bless President Trump.” It caused a few readers to do a...
Nov 5, 2020
How We Heal
There’s a saying that’s common in the online world. We’ll watch someone have a very public meltdown—or we’ll watch someone exhibit brazen...
Oct 23, 2020
The Spiritual Blessing of Political Homelessness
I first began to notice the discontent even before Trump. The rise of negative partisanship and the corresponding intolerance for dissent within political parties (does anyone...
Oct 14, 2020
D.C. Church Shows How to Fight for Religious Freedom
Late Friday night a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., handed down a religious liberty ruling that I hope will echo throughout the nation. One of the reasons...
Oct 6, 2020
Praying for a Reckless President
Let me begin by stating a simple and obvious truth—in a pandemic, it is extraordinarily difficult to guarantee your safety or the safety of those around you. Even careful...
Sep 30, 2020
Should Americans Worry About ACB, 'People of Praise'?
Let me begin by laying my cards on the table. I’ve long been an admirer of Amy Coney Barrett, both as a person and a jurist. I believe Donald Trump made a...
Sep 15, 2020
Use, Abuse of Critical Race Theory in American Christianity
Three months ago I published a Sunday newsletter in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing called “American Racism: We’ve Got So Very Far to Go.” As best I can...
Sep 9, 2020
Christians, Gun Rights, and the American Social Compact
I’m going to begin with my two favorite quotes from two American founders—the two quotes that I believe set up the fundamental nature of the American social compact. The...
Aug 19, 2020
Trusting in God's Sovereignty Means Avoiding Alarmism
I’m writing this newsletter in the middle of what we call the “dog days” of summer. It’s the moment in the calendar where—everywhere but...
Aug 10, 2020
The Decline and Fall of Jerry Falwell, Jr.
If you know anything about American Evangelical higher education, the shocking thing about the board of trustees’ decision to place Liberty University president Jerry Falwell...
Aug 4, 2020
John Lewis & the Political Theology that Changed a Nation
My father is an incredibly gifted teacher. Until he retired to become a cattle farmer (true story—that’s what he does now), he was a math professor. He spent most of his...
Jul 22, 2020
COVID, Conspiracy Theories, and the 9th Commandment
Ever since the start of the coronavirus crisis, I’ve had a number of readers request a Sunday newsletter addressing Christians and conspiracy theories. Until now, I’ve...
Jul 15, 2020
Supreme Court Tries to Settle Religious Liberty Culture War
Barely has a single Supreme Court term created such alternating spasms of anger and joy, bouncing back and forth across the ideological aisle. And rarely has that seesaw reaction...
Jul 14, 2020
Religious Liberty is a Right. White Christian Power is Not.
Let me begin with a pop quiz. Dear readers, did Americans enjoy more religious liberty 30 years ago than they do now, in 2020? How about 50 years ago? Or 100 years ago? Now,...
Jul 7, 2020
America's Woke Fundamentalist Revival
For as long as I can remember, I’ve participated in church services and prayer meetings where I prayed fervently for revival. We cried out for another Great Awakening. It was...
Jun 29, 2020
I'm Not Hateful, You Are
One of the first and most elementary things a young Christian learns in Sunday school is the idea that God’s commands are “good for you.” The violation of a moral...
Jun 24, 2020
The True Extent of Religious Liberty in America
I have seen a remarkable amount of commentary in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County arguing that the Supreme Court dealt...
Jun 16, 2020
God Save America from Fearful Christians
Back when I was in the religious liberty litigation business, I’d sometimes give my clients—especially my college student clients—a little talk that went something...
May 26, 2020
Fact and Fiction About Racism and the Religious Right
Let me first lay my bias and experience cards on the table. I’ve been a member of the Christian conservative wing of the Republican Party from the moment I could vote until...
May 19, 2020
Two Cheers for 'Weird Christianity'
Earlier this month, Tara Isabella Burton published a fascinating—and very familiar—essay in the New York Times called “Christianity Gets Weird.” She...
May 12, 2020
Virtuous Ends Do Not Justify Vicious Means
Last month I had the privilege of debating one of Donald Trump’s most prominent and outspoken Evangelical supporters, Eric Metaxas. You might know Metaxas as a Christian...
May 5, 2020
What if We Loved Both Accused and Accuser?
Once again, our nation is faced with the painful process of sorting through grave sexual assault allegations against a powerful man. Once again, the public assessment of the veracity...
Apr 21, 2020
Evangelicals Dismiss Character Test. Competence is Next
On April 15, the United States hit a horrifying milestone. It not only crossed 30,000 total COVID-19 deaths, but for the fourth consecutive day, the daily death toll was so high...
Apr 14, 2020
From Life to Death, from Death to Life
When I was young, I confess that I didn’t care much about Easter. I mean, I appreciated it. In the semi-abstract way that many young people who’ve been brought up in the...
Apr 6, 2020
Against Christian Authoritarianism
Individual liberty is indispensable to the common good of a permanently pluralistic nation. Welcome to a coronavirus-free newsletter. I’m going to take a break from grim news...
Mar 31, 2020
This Evil Virus Points to the Crushing Weight of the Fall
There is always a moment in every human life when the myth of our own invulnerability is punctured, and we’re keenly reminded of our own fragility and mortality. For me that...
Mar 24, 2020
Coronavirus, Courage, & the Second Temptation of Christ
On March 7, a Christian school not far from my home held a fundraiser, an event full of faithful believers gathered for a virtuous purpose. One person in attendance had COVID-19. Now...
Mar 17, 2020
Coronavirus and Our Sacred Duty to Senior Citizens
My grandmother was a treasure. Outside of my parents, Ruth French (“Nana” to us) was the single most influential person in my life. She was a history teacher from rural...
Mar 10, 2020
Mike Pence: Picture, Prayer, Healthy Dose of Perspective
As I travel around the country, I’m often asked whether 2016 and the rise of Donald Trump changed me in any way. In some quarters of the pro-Trump right, there’s often a...
Mar 3, 2020
A Different Way to Do Faith in the Public Square
This Wednesday evening I was doing my dreary professional due diligence—watching yet another Democratic townhall on CNN—when a moment with Joe Biden suddenly cut through...
Feb 18, 2020
How, Then, Should Christians Vote?
Last Sunday I wrote about the inconsistency between the Bible’s command for Christians to love their enemies and the willingness of many Christians to rationalize,...
Feb 12, 2020
Will Somebody Please Hate My Enemies for Me?
This year’s national prayer breakfast was a study in contrasts. Washington Post columnist and former American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks spoke...
Feb 7, 2020
Religious Liberty: Not Just for Social Conservatives
The worst way to approach American civil liberties is to support or oppose them based on your limited understanding of who, exactly, will benefit from freedom. In recent months, a...
Feb 4, 2020
Satanic Pregnancies, Explained
If you spend anytime online at all, there’s a high likelihood that at some point last week you saw a rather, well, interesting video clip of Donald Trump’s religious...
Jan 27, 2020
Will James Blaine's Black Knight Live to Bite Again?
One of the most fundamental goals of the modern religious liberty movement can be summed up in two words—legal equality. The government should grant religious organizations,...
Jan 20, 2020
'And No One Will Make Them Afraid'
If you’re a regular reader of the Sunday edition, you know that I’ve focused my analysis and commentary on America’s Christian community. I’m a Christian, a...
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