Category: Church

Deconstructing in the Ruins

I don’t know a way to start this without some level of personal detail, but I’ll try to be brief: I grew up in a church somewhere right of John MacArthur which, these days, things MacArthur is a progressive. If you...

/ July 16, 2021

How One Church is Responding to Coronavirus

I’ve been really delighted with how well my home church in Lincoln has responded to the coronavirus. When a friend of mine asked about it on Twitter last night, I replied to her tweet: Has anyone's church moved to virtual...

/ March 12, 2020

Notes on Shepherding the Spiritual Cynic

If you’re like me, as the deluge of stories of betrayed trust in churches rose ever higher and higher, you had a list in your mind of people who, were they found to be abusive, would be particularly devastating to...

/ March 2, 2020

15 Proposals for Church Renewal

To begin, if you aren’t following Tara Ann Thieke on Twitter, you should remedy that. She’s great. This post is inspired by a list she posted on Twitter awhile back which we have been discussing intermittently in Mere O Slack...

/ November 11, 2019

What is a society?

On Facebook my friend Scott Pryor rightly notes that if Dr. Miller failed to define ‘justice’ in his essay at Providence, my post suffers from the lack of a definition of “society.” So here is a stab at answering that question.

/ September 10, 2019

When the News Isn’t News: On Deconversion Narratives

Let’s just say a few things without naming any particular people or referring to specific events. First, there is a well-defined social script for someone who grew up in fundamentalist Christianity to become progressive later in life. This shift toward...

/ August 5, 2019

Why do so many people feel the need to lie about Cardinal McCarrick?

Here is Timothy Egan, a columnist writing in the New York Times:

/ August 31, 2018

On Not Being Like Juan Gines de Sepulveda

If you haven’t read Catherine Addington’s post on the main page today, please do.

/ June 11, 2018
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What do we mean by “community”?

There’s a piece over at TGC I want to flag for a couple reasons. That said, before I get into some reservations about it, I wanted to note that the author is a pastor in Fargo, ND and he’s reporting...

/ June 6, 2018

A Brief Note on Paige Patterson’s Defenders

If we practice latitudinarianism either individually or corporately in an age like our own, we have removed our credibility before the non-Christian, post-Christian relativistic, skeptical, lost world. If you think that those who have rejected the plastic culture and are...

/ June 5, 2018