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
old-books

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

The Quiet Centrality of Market States

It is not overstating the case to say that Americans are having a protracted debate about the relationship between markets and the nation. The conversation is simmering in both of America’s major political parties and, somewhat curiously, it may end...

/ November 7, 2019

Eucharistic Presence and the Life of Faith

I’m co-teaching a class at my church on the sacraments right now. One benefit is that I have a reason to go back over the old reformed confessions. Here is the Belgic Confession (1561) on the Eucharist:

/ October 23, 2019

Liberty Doesn’t Mean What They Think It Means

In his new book, The Case Against Socialism, Rand Paul writes that he hopes his readers will choose “liberty” instead of socialism. Likewise, in last week’s G File, Jonah Goldberg said a great deal about liberty in his response to First Things editor...

/ October 18, 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
church-and-commonwealth

Impartiality is Not Neutrality

Friend of Mere O Paul D. Miller has responded to Jonathan Leeman’s recent Providence essay with a post of his own. This paragraph in particular is what I want to focus on because it highlights one of the most important points...

/ September 10, 2019