All posts by Matthew Loftus

Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at www.MatthewAndMaggie.org

makes you wanna holler

This report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (an organization doing more than any other, I think, to highlight where and how people can be working for the localism we like to talk about) highlights how dollar stores deliver low-quality goods...

/ December 13, 2018

john the baptist and the advent calendar

Fleming Rutledge digs into the curious omission of John the Baptist from our advent calendar: It would be hard to say which is more alien to our contemporary ideas of getting ready for Christmas, the season of Advent or the...

/ December 12, 2018

what cannot be rebuilt

This is a heartbreaking story about the exodus of Christians from Iraq by Janine di Giovanni: In the summer of 2014, the Islamic State occupied Christian cities and villages across northern Iraq, appropriated Christian homes, and destroyed farms of Christian...

/ December 11, 2018

my two favorite Advent records (plus more!)

Just wanted to highlight my two favorite Advent records here. The first is Behold the Lamb of God, which tells the story of the Bible leading up to the birth of Jesus and traces the longing for a Savior from...

/ December 10, 2018

life and death on a prayer walk

This essay is D.L. Mayfield at her very best: If our front door had a screen, I would have banged it on my way out. But instead, I closed it quietly, although I could still hear my children whining to...

/ December 7, 2018

preventing suicide with text messages

This article on the work of Dr. Jerome Motto and the therapists carrying on his work today is fascinating: The most pivotal response was sent to Douglas Kreider, one of Motto’s researchers, by a study participant who lived in an...

/ December 6, 2018

Sabbath and soil

Years ago, when I first studied Isaiah 58, I found its call to honor the Sabbath mingled with the call to do away with violence and injustice odd. I suppose that I had grown up thinking of Sabbath-keeping as a...

/ December 5, 2018

stopping adultery with honesty

Judy Wu Dominick shares her story at Christianity Today about telling her husband that she had feelings for another man: Looking back, it’s not surprising it happened. I was in the midst of a major identity shift that was changing the...

/ December 4, 2018

“Uncontrolled liberalism, in other words, prepares the grounds for its own demise.”

There are some very sharp insights in this interview with Pankaj Mishra in the LA Review of Books: “Liberal modernity,” you’ve argued, “has prepared the ground for its destruction” by unleashing forces that are “uncontrollable.” Have these forces contributed to...

/ December 3, 2018

“economics of meaning”

Shadi Hamid has a very interesting essay in American Affairs Journal about the possibilities of left populism and the “economics of meaning”: It might be tempting to say that Left populists simply need a “hero”; the Left, unlike the Right,...

/ November 30, 2018