See You at Easter!

It’s not a full Lenten fast, but I’m going to keep this blog quiet for the next forty days. You can find me doing my usual Tuesday post at The Anxious Bench — this morning’s considered a surprisingly religious part of the country (no, not Utah or the South) — and I might do a bit of … More See You at Easter!

How Much Do Politics Matter to Evangelicals?

This will push into next week my long-gestating post on whether it’s possible to write persuasively for an evangelical audience, but I wanted to think aloud about one question that’s probably bigger than that post: Just how much do politics matter to evangelicals? That first came to mind last month, while I was reading Alec Ryrie’s Protestants: … More How Much Do Politics Matter to Evangelicals?

This Year’s Reminder That the Lecture is Not Dead

You know you inhabit an odd corner of the social media world when it goes viral over a New York Times column entitled “Lecture Me. Really.” And yet, I think it says something that a significant number of the academics I know on Facebook and follow on Twitter resonated so strongly with this argument from historian Molly Worthen: … More This Year’s Reminder That the Lecture is Not Dead

For My Children, On Their First Day of Kindergarten

At the risk of saying what people like my former colleague Kyle Roberts have already said quite well, I’m going to share a rather personal blog post today — the first day of kindergarten for our twins. Dear Lena and Isaiah, Today I’ll try to find ways to say these things to you, but I know that … More For My Children, On Their First Day of Kindergarten

Gone Fishin’

Well, not fishin’ — but I will be spending the long weekend at by the side of a lake, with little or no Internet access. So we’ll give That Was The Week That Was a break tomorrow, and indeed, I’m tempted to use Labor Day to usher in a slowing down of my blogging pace. Not the total, month-long … More Gone Fishin’

Best of The Pietist Schoolman: Memorial Day (For Mike)

I originally published this last Veterans Day, but it’s more appropriate to Memorial Day. Peace be to the memory of my cousin Mike, and all others who have died in service to their country. The word veteran derives from a Latin term for “old,” but on this particular Veterans Day, I can only think of youth. Of … More Best of The Pietist Schoolman: Memorial Day (For Mike)

Back to Blogging

1/27/15 – After a lovely January in Europe, I’m back in the States and looking forward to resuming blogging. I’ll have some announcements and links wraps the next few days, then more about our WWI trip next week.

Veterans Day (For Mike)

The word veteran derives from a Latin term for “old,” but on this particular Veterans Day, I can only think of youth. Of holiday meals and summer picnics in childhood, when the Gehrzes would gather and I’d get to see my cousins from Wisconsin for a few hours. And of one of them in particular, six years younger than me, … More Veterans Day (For Mike)