Stephen Roberts

Stephen Roberts is a US Army chaplain and has written for The Washington Times and The Federalist.
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Over the past few months, I have recommended Biblical Critical Theory to more than a few fellow believers. Almost every time, I was met with a dubious look [...]

Stephen Roberts
Christopher Watkin
Friday, September 1st 2023

Tom was a young pastor on a large pastoral staff. There were decisions being made by the senior pastor that he found concerning. When he spoke up, he was maligned. Ruling elders would harangue him. He was occasionally pulled from preaching duties even though his name was in the bulletin. He sought out help from […]

Stephen Roberts
Thursday, June 22nd 2023

I knew of six seminarians who shared a house—all of them eager to serve the Lord and his church. Ten years after graduation, three of them were broken and wounded, having left churches after prolonged spiritual abuse from a senior pastor. Sadly, such experiences are far too common for the people of God. They come […]

Stephen Roberts
Thursday, June 15th 2023

The battle of ideas is over. We no longer live in an age of reason but an age of narratives. The battle of stories is just beginning. While the church wrestles with the ship’s wheel and tries to navigate this new current, we need faithful pastors to give us our bearings. David Murray proves an […]

Stephen Roberts
Wednesday, December 14th 2022

It often feels like the church is dividing along political lines. When we declare a church to be conservative or liberal, we are often not referring to theological stances (as J. Gresham Machen did in his classic Christianity and Liberalism), but to political ideology and cultural stances. Those who try to hold these parties together […]

Stephen Roberts
Tuesday, November 1st 2022

While in seminary, I often distinguished between those who read John Calvin and those who read Calvin on the john. For some, theological reading is a matter of business; for others, pleasure. It certainly hasn’t helped that many of our greatest thinkers lost their charm as soon as they applied pen to paper. The uninspired […]

Stephen Roberts
Monday, October 24th 2022

I keep a strict code of conduct on my Facebook feed. Well, maybe not so strict. I ask that all comments be charitable. If people can’t be decent, they can’t comment on the feed. Sadly, I delete more comments from Christians than non-Christians. Why is this? It’s not that Christians always behave worse than non-Christians. […]

Stephen Roberts
Monday, July 4th 2022

The recent exposure of hundreds of cases of sexual abuse and cover-ups within the Southern Baptist Convention is only the most recent dramatic example of such behavior within the church. David and Nancy French exposed similar abuse and cover-ups at Kannakuk Camp—one of the most popular Christian youth camps in the country. While it seems […]

Stephen Roberts
Friday, June 17th 2022

Intro: A Season of Repentance In our last piece, we reflected on how we succumbed to the fears and idols of our age. One of the casualties in the Age of COVID is the need and joy of repentance. There is always need for repentance—sin is that treacherous. Over the past two years, however, our […]

Stephen Roberts
Wednesday, May 11th 2022

Intro: Considering the Problem In March of 2020, COVID-19 hit American society with the force of freight train. Both the economy and the education system were shut down, and left with the ensuing loneliness, mental health plummeted and at-risk behaviors soared. The church suffered the same whiplashed effects as the rest of society. In general, […]

Stephen Roberts
Wednesday, April 20th 2022

How do you write a review of books dealing with pornography without highlighting the toll that pornography has taken on modern society? One recent perusal of The Drudge Report caught two headlines dealing with porn—one on French attempts to ban certain websites and another on how porn diminishes sexual performance. Protestations of pornography are no […]

Stephen Roberts
Wednesday, March 23rd 2022

There is no more timely issue for a theologian to address than “fear,” surrounded as it is by the frantic and hyperbolic rhetoric of our culture. Some are living their lives in fear of COVID-19, we are told, while others are living their lives in fear of revisionist history within our education system. It is […]

Stephen Roberts
Wednesday, February 16th 2022

Open Relationships: The Next Big Trend I once led a discussion about love with a group of young adult soldiers and spouses. What does true love consist of? Everyone quickly jumped to the issue of honesty—a persistent point made by our Orphan Generation. But what about faithfulness? Not a single member of that conversation said […]

Stephen Roberts
Wednesday, January 12th 2022

Don’t let the religious preference on their dog tags fool you—like American society, the vast majority of soldiers are not practicing Christians. Yet even if, say, 80% of soldiers are not Christians, some 80% of soldiers will go to their chaplain in their hour of need. Compare this to mainstream society, where struggling people rarely […]

Stephen Roberts
Friday, November 26th 2021

For over a year, my son and I were on a roll. For the first time since reading the big three (Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Harry Potter), we had found a lengthy series that captivated the imagination: Percy Jackson. It opened up the worlds of Greek and Roman mythology to my son with a […]

Stephen Roberts
Monday, October 18th 2021

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

J. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church