That Was The Week That Was

Here…

• I returned from a couple weeks of little to no activity here with some reflections on my principles for blogging.

• I guessed that some share of Christians who are done with the label “evangelical” might actually embrace “Pietist” as an alternative.

• And I argued that Christian unity is a task for Christian formation, starting with children’s ministry and working up to worship and small groups.

…There and Everywhere

David Brooks
David Brooks – Wikimedia

• Why should Donald Trump not be president, “not ever”? Because he is “epically unprepared to be president… has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn… doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out… insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa…. is perhaps the most dishonest person to run for high office in our lifetimes… has a steady obliviousness to accuracy… is a childish man running for a job that requires maturity…” Shall David Brooks go on?

• While some continue to insist that evangelicals aren’t actually backing Trump in significant numbers, others see his candidacy tearing evangelicalism apart.

• And John Turner concluded that “American evangelicalism… no longer exists the way that many journalists and scholars imagine it.”

• But off-putting as we might find the political process, argued Liz Mosbo VerHage, “Politics are woven into the fabric of how we live our lives and therefore how we live out our faithful witness in the world.”

• There’s not a lot to celebrate about this presidential campaign, but it has produced some insightful religious journalism — like this sketch of John Kasich by Laura Turner.

• What would George Washington say about Senate Republicans refusing to consider a Supreme Court nominee? Reporting live from Mount Vernon, it’s Fox News contributor John Fea

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon – Creative Commons (Martin Falbisoner)

• Secretary of State John Kerry declared ISIS’ treatment of Christians and other non-Islamic religious groups to be “genocide,” just the second time the U.S. has done that in the middle of an ongoing crisis. It’s unclear just what this implies for U.S. policy, but it’s surely meaningful for Christians in the Middle East.

• Tracy McKenzie asked why Americans are not only “ignorant of the past” but “contemptuous of it.”

• Sarah Bessey was understandably tired of being told “for a girl, you can really preach.”

Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson at the 2012 Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing – Wikimedia

• Who are the most “essential women writers for Christian readers”?

• Bachelor’s degrees in the humanities continued to decline in American colleges and universities.

• Two weeks after the embattled president of Mount St. Mary’s University resigned, the trustee chairman who supported him followed suit.

• The Atlantic checked in on the LGBT experience at Christian colleges.

• Good news for my graduate alma mater: back in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time since the Kennedy Administration, Yale stunned Baylor. Bad news: 10% of Americans think Yale is in Massachusetts.

• Chances are that those Americans don’t realize that New Haven, CT is not only the home of the country’s third oldest university, but the birthplace of the hamburger.

Louis' Lunch in New Haven, CT
Where it all started: Louis’ Lunch – Creative Commons (dmadeo)

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