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Family Policy Lecture at Family Research Council

Next Wednesday at 12:30pm, one week from today, I’ll be giving the Family Policy Lecture at the Family Research Council in Washington, D. C.  My lecture is entitled “The Sacrificial Witness of the Christian Moral Tradition” and will span history, theology, ethics and public policy.  I will engage the liberal Protestant tradition and its understanding of public square involvement in the course of the lecture.

I am honored to give this lecture, which has featured speakers like Os Guinness, Eric Metaxas, and Ross Douthat, but I am excited to speak on this topic at a thinktank that is doing a great deal to contend for the faith in the public square.

Here are the details from FRC:

The Christian influence in Western society has played a vital role in shaping our nation and the world. Many, such as the great British abolitionist William Wilberforce, have used their Christian faith to inform and drive moral policies. To divorce the Christianity of these men and women from their political action would do a disservice both to them and to history itself.

In today’s world Christianity is often seen as a religious relic of the past. Dr. Owen Strachan issues a clarion call to the next generation of Christians to realize the times demand a strong biblically-grounded, moral witness. Born out of a spirit of sacrifice and humility Christians, must speak out for godliness and righteousness in our public sphere. Dr. Strachan will explain what must be done if the great Christian witness of the past is to once again influence our culture and its government.

You can register for the live-stream here.  You are of course welcome to fly to DC to hear this lecture–consider yourself invited, in fact.  But the live-stream might just work better for some.

By the way, FRC is currently leading the charge for Dr. Angela McCaskill, who was suspended from her post at Gallaudet  University for supporting traditional marriage by signing a petition.  You can show support for McCaskill by going here.  I would encourage you to do so.

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Dockery’s Summer Reading List, New Yorker on Mike Huckabee, and Weekly Standard on Tea Parties

A Union University grad kindly sent me David Dockery’s summer 2010 reading list.  It’s listed below (in original order) and will be of help to those of us who enjoy little more than a beach towel and a good read.

Let me throw in a couple of quick  comments: the Metaxas book on Bonhoeffer is excellent.  You would not think 550 pages on a German pastor-theologian would read so quickly, but they do.  If this was fiction, they would option it as a movie (it already has been and is).  Though the work does not delve into Bonhoeffer’s theology as much as some would hope, it is a must-buy.

Also, Hunter’s book on the Christian cultural approach is richly stimulating.  Not all of us will agree with everything, but the book cries out to be read by thinking Christians.

TO CHANGE THE WORLD, by James Davison Hunter (Oxford, 2010)

THE ESSENTIAL EDWARDS COLLECTION, by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney (Moody, 2010)

BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY, by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson, 2010)

BIBLICAL THEOLOGY IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH, by Michael Lawrence (Crossway, 2010)

AGAINST ALL GODS: WHAT’S RIGHT AND WRONG ABOUT THE NEW ATHEISM, by Phillip Johnson and John Mark Reynolds (InterVarsity, 2010)


GOD AS AUTHOR, by Gene Fant (B&H, 2010)

BAPTISTS THROUGH THE CENTURIES, by David Bebbington (Baylor University Press, 2010)

EDUCATION FOR HUMAN FLOURISHING, by Paul Spears and Steven Loomis (InterVarsity, 2010)


THE HOLE IN OUR GOSPEL, by Richard Stearns (Thomas Nelson, 2009)

THE BEST KEPT SECRET OF CHRISTIAN MISSION, by John Dickson (Zondervan, 2010)

SAINT PETER, by Martin Hengel (Eerdmans, 2010)

TRANSFORMATIONAL CHURCH, by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer (B&H, 2010)

THE GREAT COMMISSION RESURGENCE, edited by Chuck Lawless and Adam Greenway (B&H, 2010)

REMYTHOLOGIZING THEOLOGY, Kevin Vanhoozer (Cambridge, 2010)

ENCOUNTERING THEOLOGY OF MISSION, by Craig Ott, Stephen Strauss, and Timothy Tennent (Baker, 2010)

THE END OF SECULARISM, by Hunter Baker (Crossway, 2009)


The New Yorker just published a lengthy profile of Mike Huckabee.


The Weekly Standard looks into the “populist insurgency” unfolding among American conservatives.


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Os Guinness in Chicago, Jonathan Edwards, and Baptist21 Events

Socrates in the City is very cool.  And it’s coming to Chicago on May 6, 2010.

The program is “pre-evangelism”, aimed at cultural influencers interested in thoughtful conversation on matters of faith, the mind, and public life.  Based in New York City and led by evangelical public intellectual Eric Metaxas, the program is utterly unique and highly exciting.  It’s featured speakers like Sir John Polkinghorne, Francis Collins, Alister McGrath, and Robby George.  Basically, it rocks.

Here’s the info about the May 6th event in Chicago:

Please join host Eric Metaxas and special guest Dr. Os Guinness, author of The Call and more than twenty other books, who will speak on the topic: “Can Freedom Last Forever?: The Framers’ Forgotten Question and How We Are Doing Today”.

Date: May 6th

Wine and Cheese Reception from 6:30 pm till 7:00 pm

Speaking will begin at 7:00 pm SHARP

Dr. Guinness will sign copies of his books at 8:30 pm

Location: University Club of Chicago

(76 E. Monroe Street)

VPs accepted day of event)

Register for the event here.

So there you have it–Socrates is coming to the Windy City.


Stephen Nichols on the strange unitive power of Jonathan Edwards.  It’s pretty remarkable when you actually think about the diverse patrons of the Edwardsean mind and ministry…


Carl Trueman has the sharpest pen in evangelicalism.  In a recent essay (HT: JT) entitled “Life on the Cultic Fringe”, he takes aim at those who worry over what the world thinks about the church.  His words are strong but needed.  Read the whole piece.

Further, if the world finds me and mine ridiculous, then I can only respond by saying that I do not find the world’s views on a whole host of things particularly judicious or impressive either.  I switch on my TV each night and see politicians behaving like cheap backstreet hucksters; I see `celebrities’ living lives that would make a porn star blush and being applauded for so doing; I watch talk shows where people take seriously the soppy psychobabble of numerous numpties; I stand on the touchline at kids’ sporting events and see parents coming to blows over a refereeing decision in a game involving kids, for goodness sake; and I look at the great, self-important, self-righteous contemporary critics of the church and note the contempt they have shown in their own lives for their marriages and for those they were meant to love and honour, and even for those with whom they disagree within their own guilds. None of these things means that everything the world does and thinks is automatically wrong; but it inclines me to take the world’s wisdom with a pinch of salt and not be too worried if they find me `unloving’ or they dismiss my church when she refuses to conform to their view of reality simply because they tell me it is true. That kind of capitulation to powerful personalities and guilds is indeed where cults, on the Trueman definition, begin.

This is a helpful counter to those who suggest that the world has the right to act as some kind of imperious and abstract judge over the church.  That’s simply not the case.


Timmy Brister has video from Tony Kummer from Band of Bloggers.  The event was really fun and typically well-done.  I continue to submit that it is strange that no one live-blogged it.  It’s like going to a conference on tables without any tables…

(I’ll let you chew on that one for a while.  Deep thoughts.)


Check out upcoming Baptist21 events.  Exciting stuff…

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