Joe Carter: I prefer not to name-drop just because I’m on a first-name basis with the Creator of the universe.

Over the years some have asked me why, as an evangelical writer, I so infrequently invoke the name of Jesus. My usual glib response is that I prefer not to name-drop just because I’m on a first-name basis with the Creator of the universe. But the truth is, I’ve never felt that being an evangelical required me to stuff my essays with scripture references or end my articles with an altar call. I hope that my work is, like Flannery O’Connor’s South, “Christ-haunted” and would consider my labor to be a failure if his influence cannot be detected in my writing.

Nevertheless, there is a time to talk about Jesus more directly. Since I think about him constantly, I frequently have questions and concerns, and, on rarer occasions, reverie-inducing contemplation about my Redeemer. Admittedly, I rarely have fresh insights about Jesus (those are best left to theologians and heretics) but I had six thoughts that, however banal or obvious, might be worth sharing.

Read all six (they are definitely worth sharing)