Invited to Rochester, New York to speak in July 1852, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass asked if his listeners meant ” to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?” After all, he said, “This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” Being asked to celebrate a slaveholding country as a former slave brought to his … More “By the Rivers of Babylon”: Thoughts on Exile for the 4th of July
Here… • The Pietist Schoolman Podcast returned from its early summer break with an enlightening conversation featuring sociologist John Hawthorne. • If you agree that it feels like it might be time for this blog to get a makeover, it’s not too late to suggest a new theme! (We’ll start voting next week.) • Is Pietism a set of instincts … More That Was The Week That Was
Here… • I didn’t dislike the new college rankings from MONEY magazine, but as I considered how Bethel and other Christian colleges fared, I remained convinced that “no system that needs to rank public institutions and avowedly secular private ones is going to properly assess the value of Christian colleges and universities.” • We reached the 100th anniversary of the … More That Was The Week That Was
Here… • Should Christian higher education be “safe” for students? Jared closed the academic year with that important question. • Does Memorial Day help Americans remember what they ought to remember? • Is the seven-day week headed for history’s ash heap? Should Christians be concerned? • And a celebration of the joys of collaborating with my … More That Was The Week That Was
Aside from some Tweeting and Facebook microblogging, I took Christmas week off. But others kept the blogosphere humming… • On Christmas Eve I sang carols about angels and wrote a brief reflection on Twitter and Facebook that concluded with St. Augustine’s famous prayer asking God to “give your angels charge over those who sleep.” But … More That Was The Week That Was
When I wrote a piece on religious persecution for All Saint’s Sunday, I pointed to some specific examples of Christians — and non-Christians — whose religious beliefs and practices put them at significant risk. I think it’s a serious problem, and plan to devote more attention than usual to religious freedom in my Human Rights … More How Many Christians Are Martyred Each Year?
This All Saints’ Sunday Christians around the world are being urged to pause and pray for their sisters and brothers in Christ who face persecution. Let me encourage my readers to join in, but to pray still more widely for all those who suffer persecution because of religious faith — and for those who persecute … More Persecution and Prayer