The Cold

There’s an old column, sadly no longer online, that Jason Peters wrote for Front Porch Republic about the cold. Specifically it was about why he walked to his office on campus every day, no matter the temperature. There was value...

/ March 11, 2022

(One Reason) Why Abuse Goes Unchecked in Churches

You’re in one of these churches. You’re there on Sunday morning. You get there around 8:15 every week for coffee and donuts. Your kids go to Sunday school with friends they’ve known their whole lives. You eat your donut and...

/ March 10, 2022

Getting Practical About Doctors of the Church

Continuing on my reflections on ecclesial renewal as it relates to Keller’s proposal, let’s keep talking about the problem of how to revitalize the lost ecclesial office, “doctor of the church.” What we know is two-fold: First, there are problems...

/ March 8, 2022
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Christian Publications in a Post-Christian Context

We know there are two models that work for financing media jobs right now. The first model is to work for a print legacy institution that was well-positioned to weather the transition to digital and is now flush with subscription...

/ March 1, 2022

Dawson on the Other-Worldliness of Christianity

Dawson: But though the religion of that age was intensely other-worldly, its other-worldliness had a very different character from much that we have come to associate with the word in its modern pietist form. It was collective rather than individualist,...

/ February 24, 2022

Dawson on How the West Got Saved

Dawson: Unlike Christian Byzantium, Christian Rome represents only a brief interlude between paganism and barbarism. There were only eighteen years between Theodosius’s closing of the temples and the first sack of the Eternal City by the barbarians. The great age...

/ February 23, 2022

What Are Christians For?: An Invitation

We are in a new era of preparation. The deconstructors have come and, mercifully, will soon be gone. The world we have known is at an end. This is true for the church, I think, as many of the defining...

/ February 22, 2022

The Five Phases of Movement and Cultural Renewal

Start by listening to this Mark Sayers lecture from a conference in Melbourne a few years ago. Sayers argues that one of the ways the discussion about Christianity and the west has gotten off track is that it’s not really...

/ February 21, 2022

Hating God

In his book on the transformation of sexuality in the Roman world brought about by Christianity, Kyle Harper observes that Christianity was experienced as a deeply liberating force by many in the empire. For Romans, the sexual energy of men...

/ February 18, 2022

The Ecosystem

I see two problems that are going to catch the American church in a pincer maneuver if we don’t sort them out soon. First, our institutions are decaying, decadent, or dying and as the boomers die a lot of the...

/ February 17, 2022