That Was The Week That Was

Here… • The Confessing Faculty statement drew attention from Inside Higher Ed (and, a day later, The Chronicle of Higher Education), though my colleague and co-signer Ray VanArragon had some reservations about it. • Was 2016 a turning point in the history of American evangelicalism? Martin Marty, Grant Wacker, and other historians weighed in. • As we prepared to say farewell … More That Was The Week That Was

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • My article on Christians and National Socialism can be found in the newest issue of Christian History Magazine. • Nothing Rhymes with Gehrz, my newest podcast collaboration with Sam Mulberry, debuted. • Why interfaith engagement is a civic imperative in a religiously diverse society. • Two posts on World War I: one on the challenges involved in … More That Was The Week That Was

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • One thing that everyone in this terribly divided country should be able to agree on: my dad is a terrific guy. • Very high on the list of things I never thought I’d blog about: alleged “demonic activity” at a presidential rally. • It’s getting harder and harder to buy the argument that white … More That Was The Week That Was

Where You Can Hear Me Speak This Winter

One advantage of having this J-term off is that I’ve been able to accept and prepare for a few more speaking engagements than usual for this time of year. Remarkably, they all cover different topics: • This Sunday morning (Jan. 17, 10am), I’ll be at Presbyterian Church of the Way (Shoreview, MN) to address their “Third Sunday … More Where You Can Hear Me Speak This Winter

The Benedict Option

The conflict of the Present and the Past, The ideal and the actual in our life, As on a field of battle held me fast, Where this world and the next world were at strife. For, as the valley from its sleep awoke, I saw the iron horses of the steam Toss to the morning air their plumes of smoke, And woke, as one awaketh from a dream. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Monte Cassino“ Almost fifteen hundred years ago a hermit in flight from Rome — “disgusted,” wrote Longfellow, with that city’s “vice and woe” — settled on a mountain in the Abruzzis, forming a community and writing a rule that would make him the father of Western monasticism. … More The Benedict Option