©2019 by Rebecca McLaughlin.

March 4, 2018

There are many unknowns about tonight’s Oscars, but one thing is for sure: some attempt will be made to express public support for the #MeToo movement that has swept Hollywood, business and politics since the last academy awards. 

Since last year, thousands of women ha...

February 25, 2018

I was an undergraduate at Cambridge when I first encountered Ephesians 5:22.  I’d come from an academically driven, equality-oriented, single-sex high-school; I was now studying in a majority-male college; and I was repulsed. “Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the...

February 18, 2018

 “Are you and Bryan OK?” asked a friend.  “Yes, why?”  “I noticed you weren’t sitting together in church.”  I’ve answered this question multiple times over the years.  The more I’ve pondered, the more I’ve become convinced it’s a question I want to keep getting.  Here’...

February 8, 2018

As the third installment of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy hits the screens, I wanted to share a little poem I wrote when the first film was released.

Though they market 50 hues
Of that monochrome, Abuse,
Study Love and you will find
Love is patient, Love is kind,
Love w...

January 5, 2018

This article was published by The Gospel Coalition .  Read it there or below.

“You think what I believe is crazy, right?” I said to a Jewish-atheist friend.  His girlfriend kindly intervened, “No, he doesn’t think that!”  “Yes he does,” I said. “I believe that the...

January 1, 2018

Have you ever had your heart broken?  I have.  I could tell you what happened.  But instead I’m going to tell you what didn’t happen.  No one called an ambulance.  No one checked my blood pressure.  No one attempted CPR.


Is it true that my hea...

December 7, 2017

30 years ago, sociologists of religion believed that global modernization would lead to secularization.  They were wrong.  I wrote an article on this for The Gospel Coalition.  Read it here!

November 9, 2017

When is persuasion an act of love and when it is coercion?  When it comes to faith, what role should persuasion play?  These questions have played in my mind since I was a teenager, making my first stuttering attempts to introduce friends to the hard, offensive, and li...

September 22, 2017

Sunday night's Emmys celebrated the dramatic re-presentation for a new generation of Margaret Atwood's 1980s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale.  I wrote a piece for The Gospel Coalition on the tension between that novel's representation of a pseudo-Christian s...

July 22, 2017

On Christmas Day, the British sci-fi series Doctor Who will break new ground as the Doctor regenerates into a female body.  After 12 male Doctors over a 54 year history, the casting of Jodie Whittaker might seem audacious. But for a show featuring a female, pre-histori...

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