On Renaming the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal

As was true of so many other children of the 70s (and surrounding generations), Laura Ingalls Wilder played a surprisingly prominent role in my childhood. Her “Little House” books were first read to me by my mother. Then, when I was old enough to read on my own, I went through them so many times I lost count. As far as I was concerned, she was the consummate pioneer. Her descriptions of frontier life were vivid and exciting and, to …

What Haunts Me About the Humboldt Bus Disaster

On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League boarded a bus for the two-hour drive to their playoff game in Nipawin. They had no idea that their obscure little hockey team from small-town Saskatchewan would soon be known around the world. At about 5 o’clock that evening their bus collided with a semi truck, causing utter devastation to the vehicle and the 29 passengers within it. Fourteen died immediately and two more in the days …

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Headlines & Happenings (Billy Graham, Black Panther)

This weekly column is devoted to discussing some of the themes that were common topics of discussion among Christians the week before. This week began with many discussions of the film Black Panther, but very quickly turned to Billy Graham upon the news of his death at age 99. Billy Graham I landed in Sydney, Australia, after a 16-hour flight to find my phone almost exploding with news and notifications of Billy Graham’s death. Christianity Today had a long and detailed obituary …

Epic Extra: Ask Me Anything Ireland

During the recent EPIC trip to Ireland we held an event in Belfast where we opened the floor up for questions. Here are a few of the questions and answers from Ireland. (Strangely, as I post this I’ve just returned from a similar event in Sydney, Australia.)  Transcript How can we reignite the passion for evangelism within reformed theology? That question of Reformed Theology and evangelism is a tricky one because we know in our heads that Reformed Theology has …

Headlines & Happenings (A Personal Update; Jordan Peterson)

This weekly column is devoted to discussing some of the themes that were common topics of discussion among Christians the week before. I often have a lot to work with, but last week there was just one major theme I picked up on, so will provide information on that while also offering a quick personal update. Personal Update On the personal front, you may know that over the past few months I’ve been dealing with some significant nerve problems in …

Headlines & Happenings (John Piper and Female Seminary Professors; Rachael Denhollander)

As one week gives way to another, I like to provide a roundup of the themes that were prominent among Christian readers and writers in the week that was. This week people were discussing John Piper’s thoughts on female seminary professors while also discussing Rachael Denhollander’s remarkable victim impact statement from the sentencing of Larry Nassar. John Piper and Female Seminary Professors In episode 1149 of Ask Pastor John, John Piper answered this question: Is there a place for female professors …

Headlines & Happenings (Jordan Peterson, #MeToo, Homeschooling)

As one week gives way to another, I attempt to provide a roundup of the themes that were prominent among Christian readers and writers in the week that was. This week people were discussing Cathy Newman’s embarrassingly terrible interview of Jordan Peterson, the #MeToo movement inside and outside of Christian circles, and the supposedly “sickening danger” of homeschooling. Jordan Peterson: Hero? The internet was buzzing after Jordan Peterson’s interview with Cathy Newman. The interview (which includes a handful of “damns” …

Headlines & Happenings (Disgraced and Disqualified Pastors; Oprah Winfrey for President)

As one week gives way to another, I attempt to provide a roundup of the themes that were prominent among Christian writers in the week that was. This week people were discussing a pastor who had been called out for sins committed 20 years ago and they were expressing sympathy for the girl he victimized. They were discussing how to properly handle such allegations and wondering whether such sin is a permanent disqualifier from ministry. Christians were also thinking about …

Headlines & Happenings: What Christians Talked About This Week

Welcome to Headlines & Happenings where I try to pick up some of the themes that were popular among Christians in the week that has just passed. This is actually harder than it sounds, especially in a relatively slow week like the one right after New Year’s! Resolutions The Christian blogosphere follows some predictable patterns, and of those patterns is that the end of one year and beginning of the next will see lots of articles about the making and …

Headlines & Happenings: What Christians Talked About This Week

Here is a brief roundup of headlines and happenings there were topics of discussion and reflection among Christians this week. It was a relatively quiet week on the cusp of the holiday season, but a few common threads still rose to the top. R.C. Sproul’s Memorial Service It was a tremendous honor to be among the hundreds or even thousands attending R.C. Sproul’s memorial service. It was a fitting event to honor the legacy of our generation’s great reformer. His …