Category: Culture

can evangelicalism’s corpse be revived?

Alan Jacobs has a grim prediction for the future of evangelicalism: There will of course continue to be vibrant congregations that define themselves as evangelical, but fewer and fewer as the years go by, I think. Most churches that would...

/ February 16, 2018

farewell to facebook

For years, Zuckerberg and Facebook have tromped through the technology landscape and demolished everything that stood in the way. This was done without any reprisal, without any consequence. In fact, each time the company destroyed a competitor, or found a...

/ February 5, 2018

choosing our limitations

Andrew Russell has a fine piece at The Rabbit Room on limitations and our recent infatuation with “community”: if we look at the ways in which we’re currently trying to “live in community,” we’ll discover that we’re attempting to get...

/ February 2, 2018

the insanity of autonomy

Kate Shellnutt asked wrote a piece in Christianity Today discussing a new Gallup poll suggesting that Americans are getting more liberal in their social views: The church today finds itself in a precarious position, as an ethical shift pushes public...

/ May 26, 2017

Andy Crouch on race, power, and culture making

Just wanted to quickly highlight some recent podcasts featuring Andy Crouch. I have long enjoyed Andy’s writing and his work with Christianity Today (here’s my review of his most recent book, Strong and Weak), but I found these podcasts full of...

/ March 13, 2017

This is war! Now put down your sword and pick up your ear trumpet.

I very much appreciate what Alan Jacobs and Rod Dreher have said in response to last week’s post, which draws out an issue that I didn’t really address head-on. Alan puts it this way, in the context of disagreement between orthodox...

/ February 27, 2017

Is the Benedict Option a “Safe Space”?

With the release of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option book, both the main question (“how do Christians cultivate local institutions to pass on our faith?”) and various sub-questions–such as how to deal with the unique threat that the Sexual Revolution poses...

/ February 23, 2017

Sympathy for the Trump Voter

Should we sympathize with Trump voters? I found this essay from Rick Perlstein pretty enlightening, even if I disagree with a lot of what he had to say. In short, Perlstein writes about the captivating experience of dealing with a very intelligent Trump...

/ January 23, 2017

I love candy, but I’m glad my wife won’t let me eat it all the time

This post from Seth Godin helps describe a phenomenon that I haven’t quite been able to wrap my head around for a while: The economics seem to be that the only way to make a living is to reach a...

/ January 4, 2017

What Wendell Berry Gets Wrong About Wendell Berry

Tamara Hill Murphy’s Plough essay, The Hole in Wendell Berry’s Gospel, is well worth reading even if I disagree with much of it. She gives two principal concerns: The first accusation is of papering over the flaws of rural life...

/ January 2, 2017