That Was The Week That Was


• Why study history and other disciplines in the humanities? Because it entails intellectual and spiritual risk.

• News from a Mennonite Brethren seminary dredged up memories of an important debate at my own institution.

• You can watch video of my recent four-part adult class on “The Pietist Option for Baptists.”

• Why the war on journalism should matter to all Americans — including Christians.

…There and Everywhere

• In addition to that burst of blogging here, I wrote two posts at The Anxious Bench: one on the poetry of pilots; the other on a Twitter debate about the resurrection.

• But the must-read AB post of the week was Kristin Du Mez’s: on the material culture of evangelicalism, as inspired by a visit to Hobby Lobby.

• Does the Hybels scandal at Willow Creek reveal inherent problems with applying business models to churches?

McAlister, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders• Melani McAlister, author of an essential new book on the global history of evangelicalism, examined the shifting relationship of American evangelicals to the Russian government.

• And I thought the Baptist relationship with the Baptist “brand” was complicated: Jared Burkholder on varieties of the Brethren.

• This fall I’m teaching Bethel’s Christianity and Western Culture class for the 30th time (not counting online summer sessions). But just what is “the West“?

• I’m making a list of books I want to read before our World War I travel course returns to Europe this January. At the top of that list is Jay Winter’s newest book on commemoration.

• Last week I mentioned a new memorial project at my undergraduate alma mater, William and Mary. My 2nd choice for college was Washington and Lee, on the other side of Virginia; it’s also wrestling with its history.

• How not to make a historical documentary: (1) lure preeminent scholars to interviews under false pretenses, so that (2) you can use their prestige to make your ridiculous claims seem like they deserve a hearing.

• Count me among those who wish the anonymous author of the New York Times op-ed would have followed in the footsteps of conscientious predecessors and resigned.