Category: Gender

“Avoidance Is Not Purity”: An Ode on the Pence Rule

By Eric Hutchinson “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”–King Solomon

/ May 7, 2018

On the Pence Rule

In Hannah Coulter Wendell Berry tells the sad and predictable story of the divorce of Marcus and Margaret Settlemeyer. The two marry after finishing school at the University of Kentucky and quickly move to Louisville to get work as teachers, both...

/ May 3, 2018

Jordan Peterson’s Folk Wisdom

By Aaron M. Renn With the dysfunction in too many young men’s lives today, and the failure of the church to reach them, Jordan Peterson’s emergence as a guru to them has been, and should be, prompting some serious analysis...

/ April 9, 2018

Three Notes on Women Professors and Seminary

John Piper caused a bit of a kerfuffle on Christian Twitter the other day with a podcast episode in which he said that only men should teach at seminaries. Though much of the discussion that followed was both boring and...

/ January 24, 2018

Why I Won’t Sign the Nashville Statement

The ongoing dispute over the shape and meaning of “evangelicalism’s” understanding of sexual ethics took a sharper, more institutionally focused form yesterday. The CBMW convened what they are calling a “Coalition for Biblical Sexuality,” and released a series of affirmations...

/ August 30, 2017
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Book Review: Keeping Place by Jen Pollock Michel

When Francis and Edith Schaeffer were writing about issues like ecology, home, and place in the late 1960s and early 70s, they were to the best of my knowledge the only evangelicals doing so. While they laid great foundations with Pollution...

/ June 12, 2017
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Dreaming Better Dreams: The Home, Marketplace, and American Dream

I am delighted to publish today’s feature essay by Hannah Anderson. Two notes for readers: First, this is the first essay I have been able to commission using the money from the tip jar, which you can donate to at...

/ January 16, 2017
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Gender, Home Economies, and the Church, Ctd.

There are three separate strands I want to pick up from yesterday’s post. Being Fair to the Complementarians First, I asked in the post that people would correct me if I was misrepresenting CBMW. Shane Anderson on Twitter obliged by...

/ July 15, 2016
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The Evangelical Gender Crack-Up

Though it (rightly) hasn’t been discussed as much as the actual trinitarian issues themselves, the current trinitarian debate does suggest some interesting things about how evangelicals are beginning to approach questions of gender. The consensus that has existed amongst most conservative...

/ July 14, 2016

Flesh of My Flesh: Responding to Anthony Esolen on the Boy Scouts

Editor’s note:  I am publishing this reflection by Emily Alianello & Eve Marie Barner Gleason because I think this is an important issue and important to frame appropriately. I am grateful for their investment in thinking through this issue carefully. ...

/ April 30, 2013