• I belatedly celebrated a pair of blogging anniversaries.
• Want to understand Pietism? Start by singing this hymn.
• I wrestled again with 1 Samuel 15.
• Only 36% of Republicans think that colleges have a positive impact on America. I shared some quick thoughts — including a potential implication for Christian colleges.
…There and Everywhere
• Eugene Peterson supported same-sex marriage.
• Until he didn’t.
I might have more to say about this next week, after some further reflection. But given how ridiculous those who commented too quickly now appear, I’ll just let this tweet stand:
• Is doubt a necessary feature of Christian belief?
• Hope is integral not only to to belief, but Christian action.
• The first fruit of my research on Charles Lindbergh: whether fundamentalist, Unitarian, or anything in between, pastors in May-June 1927 couldn’t praise Lindy highly enough.
• It seems I can’t claim that Lindbergh was the first significant American to be “spiritual, but not religious.”
• But hey, at least I’m not the only person writing a spiritual biography about an unlikely subject!
• Apparently, I live in the 35th most post-Christian metro area in America.
• Here’s an intersection of religion and politics that’s not often discussed: why do Hindu Americans not vote Republican?
• Meet the pastor who’s currently serving in the U.S. Senate.
• The progressive academic who went back to church (in a conservative denomination) after last November’s elections and found himself mostly confronting “my own failings—my failings as a Christian and as a citizen; my failings as a father and as a son.”
• The newest blog I can recommend is Paul Putz’s Sportianity. Learn more about the intersection of Christianity and sports in my Anxious Bench interview with Paul.
• One Baptist university gave up $3 million in denominational funding in a dispute over a campus LGBTQ group.
• If I fancy myself anything like an expert on Christian higher education, then I really ought to pay more attention to this story.
• While Republicans increasingly dislike higher education in general, they strongly support individual colleges.
• If these studies are correct… well, I might live forever.