Can the Ethiopian Change His Skin or a Leopard His Spots? How Postmodernity Has Led to a Culture of Hypocrisy

Rachel Dolezal

There has been a lot of chatter the last few weeks about Rachel Dolezal, civil rights activist and the former head of the NAACP in Spokane, WA.  Although she presented herself as African American–a bit of a prerequisite for heading up a chapter of the NAACP–it turns out that she is not black after all.   Indeed she was a blonde, freckle-faced white girl born to two white parents.  She has merely changed her outward appearance.

Of course, objective facts regarding biology, genetics, and ethnicity have not proven to be a deterrent to Dolezal’s insistence that she is black.  “I identify as black,” she told Matt Lauer.  In other words, I …

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Melissa Kruger Interviewed on NBC Charlotte

Melissa Kruger

In prior posts, I have already mentioned my wife’s excellent new book, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood (Waterbrook, 2015).  As an 11-week Bible study for moms, it is really something unique.  There are many books for moms.  And there are many Bible studies. But, Melissa’s new book combines both together.

I was excited to see that Melissa’s book was highlighted on the NBC morning show here in Charlotte.  Although it is not a Christian program, they asked her to come talk about how to think about being a mom during the summer months when the kids are out of school.  You can watch the clip by clicking …

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Are Christians Really the Arrogant Ones?

Arrogance

When religious matters are debated in our culture–e.g., the existence of God, what God is like, morals and ethics–there is an implicit set of rules that everyone is obligated to follow.  Number one on this list of unspoken rules it that you can never claim to know anything about God with any level of certainty.

To do so quickly leads to charges of being arrogant, dogmatic, or intolerant.  Christians know this all too well because we are often on the receiving end of these charges. Our claim to actually know things about God is a violation of the rules of polite society.

Of course, this sort of “polite society” is …

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A Conversation on Inspiration and Inerrancy with Darrell Bock and Andreas Köstenberger

table podcast

Last December (2014), I had the privilege of participating in a podcast interview with Darrell Bock and the Dallas Theological Seminary program The Table.  I was joined by my friend Andreas Köstenberger (co-author of The Heresy of Orthodoxy).

The interview covered a wide range of topics related to inspiration and inerrancy, particularly last year’s popular blog series by Peter Enns entitled “Aha Moments.”  That series highlighted evangelical scholars who have discovered things in their biblical research that have caused them to change their views about inerrancy.

In response, I offered a brief series on my own website entitled “Does the Bible Ever Get it Wrong? Facing Scripture’s Difficult …

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