That Was The Week That Was

Here

  • I wrote about the “Kony 2012” controversy and how it was covered by different types of media before this news about the new Invisible Children film director broke… I don’t think Jason Russell’s behavior or arrest would change my reaction.
  • Part two of my spiritual travelogue found me reflecting on my college/grad school years, spent worshiping in a typically eclectic set of Baptist churches.
  • A rare moment of disagreement with Dietrich Bonhoeffer: should congregations sing in harmony?
  • Why March 15th should be known for more than the death of Caesar.
  • Digging into the archives a bit to see how the challenges faced by Christian college presidents today are similar to and different from those that confronted their predecessors in the mid-1970s.

Elsewhere

  • Rowan Williams
    Rowan Williams - Creative Commons (Steve Punter)

    Chris Armstrong and his co-laborers at Christian History magazine are back with an outstanding new guide to the history of Christian worship in the period ranging from Constantine to the Late Middle Ages.

  • I’m not sure Rowan Williams was the best leader in the history of the Anglican Communion, but he was probably the most brilliant. Interestingly, everyone’s prediction for Williams’ successor is a Uganda-born bishop I mentioned briefly during my still-incomplete series blogging through Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom’s Clouds of Witnesses.
  • Whoever replaces Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury will inherit leadership of a denomination that has grown much smaller and much more evangelical in recent years.
  • Yet another attempt to explain why young adults leave churches in this country, as Christian Piatt lists seven reasons for the exodus
  • …but according to Calvin College sociologist Jonathan Hill, one of those reasons is not access to higher education.
  • An interesting piece in Huffington Post about how African-American churches wrestle with the phenomenon of gospel music tourism.
  • Christianity Today‘s “This Is Our City” series interviewed two Christians at opposite ends of the political spectrum, one active in the Tea Party movement and one in the Occupy movement.
  • I wasn’t homeschooled and my wife and I haven’t considered that model for our own children, but I did appreciate Tim King’s defense (from the evangelical left) of Rick and Karen Santorum, attacked by the decreasingly funny Bill Maher for educating their children in the home, supposedly “locked up in the Christian madrassa that is the family living room not out in public where they could be infected by the virus of reason.”
  • Twitter logoScot McKnight continued a brief series on the history of the idea of Purgatory and its critics.
  • The group blog Religion in American History continued its series on social media and teaching with Kelly Baker’s even-handed assessment of using Twitter to create a “boundless classroom.
  • And it’s been far too long since I’ve mentioned my friends at The Christian Humanist Podcast, whose last two episodes have focused on the virtues of patience and valor.

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