Category: Religion

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

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

zeal, wisdom, and John Allen Chau

Last week, an American missionary named John Allen Chau was killed as he tried to approach the inhabitants of North Sentinel Island. Both his own words and those of the mission organization that sent him confirm that he intended to share...

/ November 26, 2018

Asia Bibi should get asylum anywhere she wants

I am glad to see this call from Providence magazine to grant Asia Bibi asylum… anywhere. (More on her story here.) The obvious shouldn’t need saying, but it is clear that there are many Muslims in the UK, whether new immigrant or...

/ November 22, 2018

tomb raider?

This essay is as fascinating and fun as everyone says it is: The Nazareth inscription is a block of marble, about two feet tall, a foot wide, and two inches deep. The first of its 22 lines of text, carved...

/ November 21, 2018

the paranoid style in American Christianity

We’re doomed! Doomed, I tell you: Take this seriously. We are like people on a beach, watching a tsunami build on the horizon. You know how tsunamis work, right? There’s an earthquake far out at sea, and the shock wave...

/ November 19, 2018

can white people be saved?

I know many of my followers might be skeptical of the concept of “whiteness” and may bristle at the question, “Can white people be saved?” If that’s you — and even if it’s not — I invite you to read...

/ November 15, 2018

we need a twenty-first century Comstock

Helen Andrews is at The Hedgehog Review with a review of a book on Anthony Comstock and censorship, subtly calling for a new Comstock for our brave new world of pornography: The problem of pornography has never been worse than it...

/ November 14, 2018