That Was The Week That Was

A quiet week for me as I moved on from preaching at one church last weekend to preparing to teach a class on evangelicalism tomorrow at another — and worked ahead on a Chapel talk I’ll give at Bethel next Friday. Elsewhere:

Douthat, The Decadent Society
Douthat’s next book is due out in February 2020

• Secularization theory seems to be on the comeback, but Ross Douthat isn’t persuaded.

• One piece I’ll surely talk about in tomorrow’s adult Sunday School class: Michael Gerson’s argument that “Rather than shaping President Trump’s agenda in Christian ways, [white evangelicals] have been reshaped into the image of Trump himself.”

• If that weren’t true, they’d surely agree that the impeachment inquiry is entirely legitimate.

• Martin Marty wondered if Christians could “resurrect hope in word and action, in a world of nihilism, chaos and passivism.”

• Why “recognizing the Reformation’s African roots has practical implications for the church today.”

• “Twittter’s leading historian” talked about how historians engage social media and study the recent past.

• What is the role of wonder in history and philosophy?

• Like most people I know, I was happy for Washington Nationals (and Montreal Expos) fans when that franchise won its first World Series — though I have to confess, I forgot about the national capital’s Negro Leagues history in repeating the notion that a Washington team hadn’t won a professional baseball championship since 1924.

Originally based in Pittsburgh, the Homestead Grays were primarily playing in Washington when they won the final Negro League World Series in 1948, defeating a Birmingham team that featured a young Willie Mays – Baseball Heritage Museum

• Can struggling evangelical colleges learn from the experience of historically black colleges?

Catholic higher education is wrestling with some of the same problems as evangelical higher ed.

• Fuller Seminary isn’t leaving its Pasadena campus after all.