That Was The Week That Was

In between podcasting about gender and sports and preparing a chapel talk on Pietism, I enjoyed the following articles and posts this week:

• By far the most-discussed Anxious Bench post this week was David Swartz’s reflection on the difference between “cosmopolitan” and “populist” evangelicals.

David Heim• I’ll be sorry to see David Heim (r.) no longer at the helm of The Christian Century. Interestingly, his successor as managing editor has an evangelical background: a Wheaton College education and a stint at Sojourners.

• With Liberty playing BYU this afternoon, the Deseret News did a nice piece on football at Christian universities. (Keep your eyes peeled for a Pietist Schoolman cameo!)

• The largest Christian university not named Liberty might not be able to convert to non-profit status after all.

• Does Paula White’s new role in the Trump Administration demonstrate that Pentecostalism has entered the mainstream?

• Only in the Southern Baptist Convention could Al Mohler be seen as a “middle path” candidate for denominational leadership.

• Speaking of middle paths… Tish Harrison Warren suggested that if American Christians could recover a via media, we might “hold our convictions passionately yet humbly” — and even “reweave the fabric of our civic discourse.”

• Meanwhile, a particularly conservative and controversial Reformed church plans to take over a town in Idaho.

• Church planting has come to the Church of England.

• During a chapel talk at Azusa Pacific University, preacher and author Francis Chan announced that he will be going to Asia to serve as a missionary.

• The origin story of Thailand’s most ubiquitous dish has a surprising political dimension.

Pad thai with prawns

• On this 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down, check in on Germany today, where identity is more conflicted than ever.

• Could the Equal Rights Amendment finally be ratified, almost fifty years after it passed Congress?

• If you’ve been eager to watch the Tom Hanks-as-Mr. Rogers movie coming to theaters, then read this reminiscence by the actual writer whose friendship with Fred Rogers inspired the film. It’s a surprising and eloquent plea for civility.