The Biblical Boots of the Papacy

Do you remember that one scene in Toy Story when Sheriff Woody, unsure of his vocation, doubts his authority over the rest of the gang? Woody’s been insulted and abandoned, his motives have been questioned, threats to domestic security are only getting scarier, and he’s feeling very, well, very human. It’s been a long story, ...

Why Did God Make Eve?

Why did God make Eve? Why not just stop with Adam? God made Eve for the same reason God makes anything—as a celebration of his own glory. [Note: this essay was first published by Crisis Magazine and is reprinted with permission.] God was up to something of eternal importance in making his special image-bearers male and female. When God made Eve he ...

Why Christ Needs Christianity

Have the words "Christian" and "Christianity" become dirty words? From writers like Shane Hipps to songsters like Marcus Mumford, the idea that Christ does not need Christianity has become fashionable. Like the "spiritual but not religious" cliché, the idea is that Jesus did not institute an articulate, organized, religion, but a personal, nebulous message of ...