What follows is an exchange between myself and Rev. John Mahaffy, an OPC pastor who had some problems with our book, It’s Good To Be A Man. I’m posting the full exchange here, as it may be helpful to others. I’m happy that he contacted me, and that I got a chance to respond. The […]
Here we canvass the circumstances and ideologies that fueled the culture wars, and keep them burning.
As porn does with the marriage bed, digital fellowship does with the church: cultivates an unreal and unrealistic view of what God made it to be, and to do.
A great deal of the collapse of the Western church can be traced to a combination of white knights and overly-influential women. This is both a historical reality, and an ongoing pathology in most churches today.
White knights are men who derive their value from defending damsels in distress against evil forces. They are willing to engage in a fantasy to achieve this—imagining evil women to be damsels, and good men to be dragons. This is a kind of arrested development caused by a failure to emotionally separate from their mother during adolescence.
The world has been falling apart since Eden. It’s part of the plan. Destruction is necessary to the work of restoration. And restoration is a multi-generational project.
Piety is the willing pursuit of our duties toward God and man. A living faith always issues in such piety—for men, this looks like natural masculinity. Yet many of the Christian Elite seem to loathe masculine piety. This should not be surprising when a majority of the Christian Elite are spiritual and physical dumplings.
Daniel was a hero for flouting the king’s 30-day edict against lawful worship during the exile. So why have churches today capitulated en masse to the state’s indefinite edict against lawful worship during lockdown?
If the COVID-19 crisis has revealed anything about many of America’s most public-facing Christian leaders, it’s that many of them are tone deaf to the concerns and crisis facing the majority of ordinary, working class people.
Trained to think almost exclusively in globalist terms, it is fashionable among the current generation to believe that true and meaningful change occurs primarily through the championing of large-scale, societal causes.
Most of the snowballing social problems that we are dealing with today are a result of rejecting the biblical view of covenant. Androgyny, identity politics, social justice, cancel culture—all the “Clown World” pathologies that are indistinguishable from parody—are the inevitable outworkings of this.
Because manhood is caught, not just taught, becoming a mature man requires a father. Hence, many young men today are “clueless bastards”—and even more so when they won’t take advantage of God’s provision of fatherhood through the church.
Although servant leadership could be a biblical doctrine describing leadership as the service that men render, in reality it is a term used to convince men that servitude is in fact what leadership is.
Feminism hates the power hierarchy that God has built into creation. But we cannot restore that hierarchy by hating it ourselves—and we do hate it.
Marriage is the norm that God established for men and women from the beginning, so to normalize singleness is to normalize the abnormal. There is no “gift” of singleness; there is only the gift of celibacy or the curse of singleness. The counsel in 1 Corinthians 7 is given explicitly as special advice to suspend the normal way of life because of persecution—not as general instructions for the entire church age.
Comedy is a powerful tool of acculturation—and it is effective even if you know what it is doing. If you are conditioned to treat our culture’s wrecking of good things as amusing, how will you take it seriously, or remain sober-minded about the work of repair?
What you wear, the mannerisms you employ, the way you hold yourself—these are a form of expression. What does your bearing say about you?
Preteen boys and girls are getting the strong message of feminism, whether their parents are secular or Christian. This message calcifies the boys, and brassifies the girls. Both need the antidote of biblical instruction.
From the beginning, God established children as the natural fruit of marriage. Barrenness is a curse—so why would believers voluntarily bring it upon themselves?