J. Alan Branch

Dr. J. Alan Branch is Professor of Christian Ethics at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he has served since 2001. He earned his undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State College and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosphy from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of the book Born This Way? Homosexuality, Science, and Scripture. Dr. Branch served as a chaplain in the United States Army Reserves from 2009 to 2013 and served a tour in the Middle East from 2011 to 2012. He has served as an interim pastor for churches in Kansas and Missouri and preaches frequently. Dr. Branch and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters.  

Nov 2

Medical Marijuana and Christian Ethics by J. Alan Branch

Willie Nelson may be America’s most famous marijuana user. In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, he said: “It’s nice to watch [marijuana] being accepted — knowing you were right all the time about it: that it was not a killer drug. It’s a medicine.”[1] Nelson’s description of marijuana as “medicine” reflects wider confusion in […]

May 19

Covid-19 Vaccines and Abortion-Derived Human Cell Lines by J. Alan Branch

How do I respond when a profoundly effective method of preventing disease – vaccination – intersects with my moral opposition to abortion?

Jan 13

Will Democracy Survive in the United States? by J. Alan Branch

A democracy with a citizenry whose conscience is informed by Biblical categories offers the best chance for ensuring basic liberties and self-correcting abuses

Aug 17

Medical Marijuana and Christian Ethics by J. Alan Branch

When listening to claims about medical marijuana, remember Proverbs 14:15, “The naïve believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps.”

Mar 11

Acts 15, Infanticide, and Using the Bible in Ethics by J. Alan Branch

The Bible gives us the necessary worldview and the essential principles needed for thinking through these issues with the right perspective. 

Apr 22

Simple Suggestions for a Successful Church Business Meeting by J. Alan Branch

While business meetings can be a great cause for anxiety, they need not be. Here are a few ideas for avoiding acrimonious business meetings in a local church.

Mar 8

David, Jonathan, and the Dangers of Reader-Centered Interpretation by J. Alan Branch

We should grieve when people think the deep friendship of David and Jonathan was sexual.

Feb 11

Marriage: A Covenant, Not a Contract by J. Alan Branch

Marriage is a covenant and not a contract. Marriage is intended to be commitment to which we maintain trust and fidelity until separated by death.

Oct 31

The Lies of Romantic Sexual Morality by J. Alan Branch

Often, arguments against the biblical sexual ethic are based on a very poor grasp of Scripture and a shoddy handling of the texts in question.

Jul 7

Searching for a Soul Mate by J. Alan Branch

To expect another fallen human to “make us whole” is to commit an idolatrous act, placing a created being before the Creator.  Only Jesus Christ can offer us genuine wholeness.