Category: Religion

the desperate need for global integrity

Christians should be people of integrity — the world is watching us as we image Christ, and if we are not living with integrity, we shame Him. Sadly, failures of integrity happen far more often than we would like, with...

/ October 12, 2018

immigration and identity

There are so many things to think about from this piece by Luma Simms in National Affairs: Throughout history, people have traveled from country to country, trading with one another over long distances, returning home with the goods, habits, and even...

/ October 10, 2018

how do we get the people we need?

Alan Jacobs is, as usual, correct: So a key question arises: If you need people who are sufficiently skilled in negotiating the liberal order to work effectively within it, but also committed to its transformation, and who can sustain that difficult balance...

/ September 28, 2018

natural law and common grace

I really appreciated this piece from Jordan Ballor and J. Daryl Charles on natural law and common grace. In particular, I liked the fact that they don’t take “natural law” further than it can go — it’s a “recognition of...

/ September 25, 2018

could a Christian political party be… good?

Bryan McGraw delivers a great history lesson about Christian political parties in Europe and the promise such a party might hold for us in America. I’d love to see him discuss the American Solidarity Party in a follow-up, since that’s the...

/ September 24, 2018

Africa as antidote

Melani McAlister has an incisive interview with David Swartz in Christianity Today on her new book, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals: What do you mean when you describe Americans as “enchanted” by...

/ September 20, 2018

shame and the Bible

I’ve longed followed Jackson Wu and his writings about honor and shame in the Bible and missions, so I’m pleased to see he’s published a longer article with a more comprehensive look at the subject: Everyone agrees shame is a pervasive...

/ September 11, 2018

religious leaders should have been first to hear the call

Eve Tushnet digs into the complicated witness of the saints who have suffered abuse — and how they proclaim Christ, the abused: The saints bear witness to what the Church really is. This is not an uncomplicated witness. St. Mary...

/ September 10, 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