That Was The Week That Was


• I daydreamed about leading a summer tour of Pietism sites in Germany.

• I recommended a new blog on technology and theologyDigital Wisdom.

…There and Everywhere

• When you write about Beth Moore and the importance of women to the future of evangelicalism, you apparently get thousands of readers.

• Maybe the people who weren’t happy with that post would like it better coming from Gracy Olmstead, as an appeal to centuries of Christian history.

• Speaking of… Chris Armstrong had a thoughtful post on the danger of evangelicals detaching the “heart religion” of my beloved Pietists from the rich tradition of the Church.

Lewis, The Rights Turn• If you think that conservative Protestants have always been staunchly anti-abortion, check out Justin Taylor’s interview with political scientist Andrew Lewis on the transformation of the Religious Right.

• What one post-fundamentalist Christian learned from fundamentalism. (H/T Jason Barnhart)

• Paul Ryan’s baffling attempt to fire the Catholic chaplain of the House of Representatives reminded one historian of the time that a leading Southern Baptist preacher opposed having legislative (and military) chaplains at all.

• I know I like the history of World War I a lot, but… Yes, even Mother’s Day has a WWI connection.

• For Teacher Appreciation Day… Dale Coulter on what has changed and remained the same about teaching through the centuries.

• Hmm… the Department of Education is going to reevaluate regulations on religious colleges.

• My favorite current TV series is The Americans, about a pair of Soviet spies living in the DC suburbs during the Reagan Era. I remember the show runners saying that they took every story line and imagined if they could film a mirror image of it: with American sleeper agents in Moscow. Turns out, that’s actually a thing, on Russian TV.

• One of my favorite writers is Michael Chabon, who has penned 14 books while raising 4 children — despite once being told that you can’t have children and be a great writer.