Culture and Education

Exposing American Myths as False Systems of Salvation (An Interview with Trevin Wax)

On March 1, 2017, Broadman & Holman publishers will release a book entitled, This is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel, by Trevin Wax. Along with books such as Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option, Anthony Esolen’s Out of the Ashes, and Jamie Smith’s Awaiting the King, the release of This is Our [ Read More ]

4 Reasons Why Secretary DeVos is Poised to Make a Positive Impact on American Education

This week, Democrats made history by forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding vote for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Why did Democrats decide to engage in all-out war against an education secretary? Why devote weeks of phone calls, media interviews, and emotional energy to defeating her rather than one of the other cabinet [ Read More ]

3 Things We Teach our Children While Watching the Super Bowl

When Super Bowl LI commences at 6:30 p.m. this evening (Sunday, February 5, 2017), millions of viewers will tune in to watch the New England Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons. For some fans, it is an opportunity to pull for the “underdog” Falcons against the “Evil Empire” Patriots. For others, it is a chance to [ Read More ]

Why We Must Make a Fresh Case for the Value of Free Speech (and 5 Ways to Do It)

Recently, the University of Oregon suspended a white female faculty member for dressing up as a black man at a costume party, even though her intention was to honor a black author, Damon Tweedy. The University concluded that her costume was a type of “speech” that constituted harassment and created a hostile environment. Even though [ Read More ]

Building a “Great Commission” Seminary (3 Core Convictions, 5 Academic Competencies, 5 Faculty Expectations)

[Note: This post provides a glimpse into the life of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I serve as Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture. Written as the opening presentation of our 2013 Faculty Workshop, it gives voice to Southeastern’s aspiration to be a “Great Commission Seminary.” The first portion of the essay articulates 3 core convictions [ Read More ]

Why Evangelicals Should Oppose the Politically Correct Stifling of Free Speech on College Campuses

Any person with a pulse and even a modicum of cultural awareness knows there is a movement afoot to stifle free speech on college campuses. Controversies related to free speech have rocked the campuses of many universities, including Yale, Scripps, Oberlin, and Wesleyan. A number of colleges are authorizing “safe spaces,” “speech codes,” and “trigger [ Read More ]

Navigating the Waters of Evangelical Higher Ed during a Time of Uncertainty (3 Imperatives, 4 Types of Opposition, 9 Projected Challenges)

[Note: This post is a slightly modified version of an essay I wrote for the August 2015 faculty workshop at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I serve as Provost and professor. Written just after Obergefell was legislated from the SCOTUS bench, I try to chart a course of Christian fidelity in light of the social, [ Read More ]