Month: June 2018

Public Justice Review’s Manifesto

I have long admired the work of the Center for Public Justice, and their new manifesto about sums up why: First, the kingship of Christ moderates any pretensions to royal earthly authority. This matters because in the old covenant with...

/ June 22, 2018

spiritually overseeing the watchmen

This report on ministries to prison guards by Eve Tushnet is well worth your time: And yet today, startlingly few Christian ministries exist to serve those who work in jails and prisons. Chaplains and other Christian volunteers come to visit...

/ June 21, 2018

the good work of Jon Fielder

I’m honored to know Jon Fielder and call him a friend. This article at The Gospel Coalition describes the good work he’s done in Africa to treat patients, teach health professionals, and proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. It...

/ June 20, 2018

powers, principalities, and Dr. King

I’ve wanted a discussion of “powers and principalities” with regard to racism for a while… and Eugene Rivers has brought it! To the extent that a biblical conception of supernatural forces informed King’s analysis of the challenges he faced and...

/ June 19, 2018

loneliness, refugees, and the spaces we live in

This essay by D.L. Mayfield in Comment is very relevant to my interests: The suburban neighbourhood where I currently live was not built for community. This was done by design—the suburbs were meant to be bastions of happy isolation, with...

/ June 18, 2018

global health innovations: delivering blood by drones!

I’m really enjoying MTV News’ Africa Specific series on various happenings in Africa — it’s not just “gee-whiz” stories, but substantial reporting that digs into some of the more complex political and social changes happening in many countries. This story...

/ June 15, 2018

“The Gig Economy”

This is a wild short story: Lately, I have not been feeling quite myself. I live on the internet, which is to say, I am a NEET living in my parents’ basement. In my online persona I pretend that I...

/ June 14, 2018

philia and eros: sloppy wet kissing cousins

Steven Wedgeworth has a post up at the main site critically examining Spiritual Friendship (and by extension, the Revoice Conference). It’s probably the best critical engagement I’ve yet read with these ideas so far, but it still misses the mark...

/ June 13, 2018

professionalism: the emperor has no clothes!

I’ve long wondered about the dominance of “professionalism” as the guiding moral code for physicians, and I’m glad to have found this article via The Good Physician Project that explains why it’s such an uneasy stricture: To defend its conclusions,...

/ June 12, 2018

my review of Jamil Jivani’s “Why Young Men?”

I reviewed Jamil Jivani’s new book, Why Young Men?, for Comment magazine. It’s a fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) book that explores the very important question of why young men are radicalized and embrace violence. It is a bit tricky to nail down...

/ June 11, 2018