What Can and Can’t Be Said About “First Things”

The takes on Rusty Reno’s leadership of First Things are beginning to multiply in the aftermath of a very bad couple of months for the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Rod Dreher’s is the best. Helen Andrews’ is an exercise in moral relativism. Jonathan...

/ May 15, 2020

Gutierrez Against the Doctrine of the Two

Gutierrez in A Theology of Liberation: The model which distinguishes faith and temporal realities, Church and world, leads to the perception of two missions in the church and to a sharp differentiation between the roles of the priest and the lay...

/ May 14, 2020
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O’Donovan on Reading

Our moment is starved for this sort of intellectual spirit:

/ May 13, 2020

Steel Manning First Things

The author of Hebrews tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but to draw near to each other as we desire together the future coming of Christ. Of course, any union of close friends is a desired...

/ March 24, 2020

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

Honesty and Extremism

I’m reading a book right now recently published by a prominent conservative publishing house. I’m not going to name the author or the book for the moment because I’m not yet sure how I want to handle the book more...

/ February 7, 2020

The Trumpists and the Third Commandment

In his remarks today in the House, Georgia Representative Barry Loudermilk said this: Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind. When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius...

/ December 18, 2019
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Top Ten Books of 2019

It’s that time of year, so here’s my list of my ten favorite (new to me) books from 2019: Unbelief and Revolution by William Groen van Prinsterer This is the book to give your Protestant friend who is deeply suspicious...

/ December 9, 2019

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