An Absence of Trust: Navigating our Knowledge Crisis Faithfully

Americans don’t trust the media. According to a Gallup story released in October 2022, American confidence in mass media remains near historically low. The story did document some noteworthy variances. Democrats trust the media more than Republicans, the college-educated have more trust than those who did not finish college, and younger Americans were far less […]

A Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022. She was 96 years old. Her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, preceded her in death in 2021. Queen Elizabeth was the constitutional monarch of the United Kingdom from 1952 until her death. Her 70-year reign made her the longest-serving ruler in British history. She was […]

Thinking Christianly About Assessments

For the past seven years, I’ve been an academic administrator in two Christian universities. I’ve served as the dean of a school within one university, and I now serve as another university’s provost (chief academic officer). I manage a leadership team of about a dozen direct reports. I also teach courses in the field of […]

Revisiting Carl Henry’s “Uneasy Conscience for a New Generation”

Postwar Evangelicals at a Crossroads The year was 1947. Evangelicals were trying to figure out how to navigate faithfully the postwar world. They were still less than a generation removed from a string of defeats in the fundamentalist-modernist denominational controversies of the 1920s and 1930s. The Scopes Trial, while technically a victory for theological conservatives, […]

Why It Matters That the World is Watching

In recent years, I’ve attended denominational meetings where believers discussed—sometimes passionately—about how to engage the culture most faithfully. I‘ve often heard a common refrain that goes something like this:   Christian A: “We need to be clear about XYZ issue because the world is watching.”   Christian B: “What does it matter what the world […]