That Was The Week That Was


• My favorite movie of the year is a documentary on teaching by one of my best friends.

• Latest evidence that it’s hard to define “evangelical,” the wide range of evangelical responses to a wedding sermon.

• The best version of the “Pietist option” is probably a multiethnic church.

…There and Everywhere

• Paige Patterson, the controversial president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, was finally removed from office (but kept on as president emeritus and possibly theologian-in-residence).

(One positive result of that story: it gave Andrea Turpin a platform to share some of her research on Christianity and women’s higher education.)

• It doesn’t sound like we’ve heard the last of the controversy around Patterson, who is still scheduled to address the Southern Baptist Convention during its annual meeting next month.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Carroll Memorial Building at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Wikimedia

• Also forced out… Grove City College psychologist and blogger Warren Throckmorton, from his blog at Patheos Evangelical. Here too, I’m sure we haven’t heard the full story…

• A new study by sociologist Francesca Tripodi finds that conservative Christians often “[draw] upon the same kinds of skills taught in Bible study to determine if the news they were reading was accurate.” (H/T Kristin Du Mez)

• Jay Phelan wondered if “evangelicalism will die along with Billy Graham. Something called evangelicalism will remain, but it will be indistinguishable from fundamentalism.”

• A secular case for original sin: “What if, by connecting with the criminal, with the deranged or patently evil… we gain some deeper understanding?”

• John Kasich reminded people again why he’d make for an appealing Republican alternative to Donald Trump.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Raised as a Methodist, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined Cory Booker (D-NJ) at the festival

• Meanwhile, it was striking to see two leading Senate Democrats speak at the Festival of Homiletics, “pairing religion with politics in an unusually direct appeal to left-leaning Christians.”

• There’s still no National WWI Memorial in Washington, DC, but this weekend the National Mall will feature a WWI-inspired memorial to fallen soldiers from many wars.

• I look forward to using this piece on the history of Rosie the Riveter when I teach my World War II class again next spring.

• No, said Frank Bruni, “colleges needn’t abandon majors in general or supposedly arcane majors in particular in order to propel graduates into the work force.”

Can confirm: “…whatever you think it’s like after you publish a book, it’s actually harder than that.”

• Also harder than you’d think: taking a compliment well.