Last week it was all Reformation, all the time here at The Pietist Schoolman: my fame as the cartoon voice of a singing Martin Luther continue to grow; I tweeted my way through the Reformation; I suggested three ways to remember the Reformation on its 500th anniversary; I connected a couple of news stories about Lutheranism in the Global North and Global South; and our newest podcast considered whether sola scriptura and Christian unity could fit together.
Fortunately, others were writing about non-Reformation topics:
• I missed it when it came out this summer, but I was fascinated to read about If I Give My Soul, Andrew Johnson’s book on “prison Pentecostalism” in Brazil.
• That country was also the setting for Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s Reformation Day story, on the Prosperity Gospel.
• Sadly, it’s hard to be surprised anymore when you see news of another mass shooting in America — even if it takes places at a Baptist church. Kyrie eleison…
• Apropos of nothing… Kristin Du Mez suggested that American Christians need to think more about the pervasiveness of sin.
• Still, perhaps I should be more optimistic than I am about the potential for Christian unity.
• Or I shouldn’t be.
• It doesn’t get the attention of other religious freedom debates, but Emma Green found that zoning law is at the heart of many such disputes.
• The progressive, LGBTQ-affirming Christian case against rating churches based on how clearly they state their views on sexuality.
• Declining enrollment caused another Christian college to lay off employees, including nine full-time faculty positions.
• The proposed tax overhaul making its way through Congress is mostly bad news for anyone connected with higher education — though I can’t say I’m all that bothered by the idea of taxing the mega-endowments of schools as vastly wealthy as my graduate alma mater.
• Fake news alerts! One of the country’s leading gurus in history education found that professional historians aren’t much better than undergraduates at evaluating information online.