Month: August 2018

The glory of reading

Micah Meadowcroft sounds a refrain that we can’t hear often enough: The glory of reading is its capacity to make us more ourselves, as we learn with minimal mediation how to pay attention and integrate within our own minds the...

/ August 31, 2018

the four-paned window

I like Carl Ellis’ take on the four-paned window of Biblical righteousness: If we pair these dimensions in all possible combinations, we get four manifestations of righteousness: personal piety, social piety, personal justice, and social justice. This can be illustrated by the...

/ August 30, 2018

the call is coming from inside the house

You should always read Comment and you should always read Alan Jacobs, but you should especially always read Alan Jacobs in Comment: This essay has been, I hope it is now clear, a series of stories of evasion. Human beings wish to believe...

/ August 29, 2018

the devil in the details

Jeffrey Bilbro has an excellent essay ruminating on the question of GMOs in the New Jerusalem, inspired by Abigail Murrish’s thoughts at Christianity Today on the same. Here’s Murrish: if the New Jerusalem will have as-yet-unseen cultural diversity—the best of what...

/ August 28, 2018

Supporting Graduate Medical Education in East Africa

As most of you who follow this blog know, I work full-time as a doctor in Kenya at a great hospital and have joined with a fantastic teaching program designed to educate East African physicians to be well-rounded medical professionals...

/ August 27, 2018

“the joy of cryptozoology”

How can you not love an essay like this? Clare Coffey is a delight to read: That the movements of the human mind, its bent for narrative and order, might correspond to something real besides raw evolutionary fitness simply does...

/ August 24, 2018

conservative and scared

Emma Green has an excellent examination of different conservative responses to Brett Kavanaugh: While liberal activist groups paint President Donald Trump’s Washington as an unmitigated forward march of conservative victories, conservative activist groups—including Weber’s—don’t necessarily perceive things the same way....

/ August 23, 2018

the temptations of social media

All of us wrestle with how to use social media and Andrew Peterson has a thought-provoking post up about how and why he’s been using it less and less — but also why that’s not an easy decision: Okay, so...

/ August 22, 2018

“You have mismanaged the light.”

This analysis of how South Sudanese refugees living in Northern Uganda understand the spiritual dimensions of their displacement is sharp: But the role of the church is not just social. Often, biblical explanations for suffering are presented as a means...

/ August 21, 2018

“I was hurting and she was trying to make sure I was OK”

Sorry there were no blog posts last week. I traveled from one side of the country to the other (literally!) and was swamped with work and other very important things. The regular posting schedule resumes this week.  This story about...

/ August 20, 2018