That Was The Week That Was

This week I turned in my Lindbergh biography manuscript and recorded a new COVID-themed episode of my favorite, strangest podcast. Elsewhere: • “Nothing in a church or a family stays hidden forever,” wrote Bob Smietana of a new church scandal, centering on John Ortberg and his children. • In his first public comments since being … More That Was The Week That Was

That Was The Week That Was

This week I wrote about Confederate statues at The Anxious Bench and… well, I wrote thousands of words about Charles Lindbergh. (Yep, manuscript deadline starting to loom.) Elsewhere… • I used this week’s 5th anniversary of the shootings in Charleston, SC to frame my Confederate commemoration post. The historic AME church where those nine people were … More That Was The Week That Was

That Was The Week That Was

This week I wrapped up my devotional series on “The With-God Life,” shared some wise words from one of my favorite historians, started a new podcast exploring the importance of the liberal arts in the middle of a pandemic, and considered Christian responses to the polio scares of the 1950s. Elsewhere: • I mentioned C.S. Lewis’ … More That Was The Week That Was

That Was The Week That Was

This week I announced our 2020 sports history tour (and talked through it with fellow guides Sam Mulberry and Chris Moore), then used my Anxious Bench post to share some of what I found reading through the library of Charles Lindbergh’s parents. Elsewhere… • I would guess that most readers of this blog know that there’s a … More That Was The Week That Was

On Christian Colleges and Tax Exemptions

Okay, let’s talk about Beto O’Rourke. Last Thursday night, at a Democratic presidential candidates forum on LGBT issues, CNN host Don Lemon asked the former Texas congressman whether “religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities—should… lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage.” O’Rourke answered: Yes. There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax … More On Christian Colleges and Tax Exemptions

That Was The Week That Was

Here at Pietist Schoolman I wrote about the military history of childhood and the religious history of my own adolescence. Over at The Anxious Bench, I considered the proposition that Instagram food photos are the 21st century version of table grace, and shared a small digital humanities project. Elsewhere… • Also at Anxious Bench, Andrea Turpin considered … More That Was The Week That Was

Fairness for All: Is There a Compromise Between Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights?

As usual, I’m struggling to keep up with both blogging and end-of-semester grading, so I’m two days late to J.C. Derrick’s typically well-informed report for World Magazine that the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) have endorsed what’s been called the “Fairness for All” compromise: seeking to advance … More Fairness for All: Is There a Compromise Between Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights?

That Was The Week That Was

Last week it was all Reformation, all the time here at The Pietist Schoolman: my fame as the cartoon voice of a singing Martin Luther continue to grow; I tweeted my way through the Reformation; I suggested three ways to remember the Reformation on its 500th anniversary; I connected a couple of news stories about Lutheranism … More That Was The Week That Was

That Was The Week That Was

Greetings from Covenant Pines Bible Camp in beautiful northern Minnesota. Since I’m on retreat with other members of our congregation, I probably shouldn’t even have a laptop and wifi, but since I do… a few links from this blog and others: Here… • The real “crisis in authority” in evangelicalism is that women don’t have authority in evangelicalism. • You … More That Was The Week That Was

Religious Freedom: The Contested Core of Baptist Identity

In the wake of the recent Southern Baptist debate about religious freedom for Muslims — and given the larger conversation about the meaning of religious freedom in an increasingly post-Christian society — I thought I’d use this week’s Anxious Bench post to revisit something I wrote about last year: how Baptists responded to the 1960s Supreme Court rulings against … More Religious Freedom: The Contested Core of Baptist Identity