That Was The Week That Was


We concluded the #Reformation500-themed third season of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast.

• My friend Jason Barnhart burst onto the blogging scene.

• And I started the week with an Advent devotional on grief and tenderness. (If you’ve missed this series, I’m posting one every Sunday this season.)

…There and Everywhere

• Thanks to the editors of In All Things, a Christian review out of Dordt College, for including The Pietist Option among the Top Books of 2017. (It is the likely the only time that my name will appear alongside James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson, and Chimamanda Adichie.)

• Have you encountered this phenomenon: evangelical churches (even megachurches) embracing liturgy and lectionary?

• If “Liberty University” only conjures images of Jerry Falwell, Jr. shaking hands with Donald Trump, then read this Washington Post profile of Liberty journalism students.

• But precisely because you can so easily envision Falwell with Trump, read Russell Moore’s latest.

• It’s always great to have guests write for The Anxious Bench, but I think we were all especially excited to have George Marsden write about evangelicalism in the age of Trump.

Poster for The Crown• Also at that blog… I set aside grading long enough to watch the episode of The Crown in which Queen Elizabeth II strikes up an unlikely friendship with Billy Graham.

• This is actually from earlier in the month, but well worth circling back to: the Yahoo News story of our Patheos Evangelical blogging colleague Warren Throckmorton, a Christian psychologist who changed his mind about “sexual reorientation.”

• But let’s not focus solely on LGBT issues: are churches talking about marriage, singleness, pornography, and other topics related to sexuality?