Category: Family

william wilberforce and john newton

Christian Moral Pedagogy and Penumbrae of Power

I think most Christians these days who are thinking about culture, society, and politics agree with Leslie Newbigin that Christians in the West today face the challenge of being missionaries in their own culture, and that the post-Christian pluralist West...

/ December 13, 2022

The Right Thing Has a Real Cost: Abortion Politics and Social Welfare

This essay was originally published in 2015 at Canon and Culture, a project of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission under the title “The Right Thing Has a Real Cost”. I was unable to find it on Wayback Machine. I...

/ May 16, 2022

why “education doesn’t work”

If you’ve ever been tempted to read Freddie deBoer’s book The Cult of Smart, I have some good news for you: you don’t have to! America’s favorite Twitter-drydrunk has summarized the most important bits of his book in this essay,...

/ April 20, 2022

the liberal order and its haters

I’ve had several conversations in the past year in person and online in which I referenced “the liberal order” or “liberalism” as me and some of my buddies understand it, only to find that I have engendered confusion with this...

/ April 6, 2022

Public Education, Justice, and Solidarity

Firing up the ol’ blog machine (in no small part because the excellent Tara Isabella Burton has joined the Mere-O world) for a series of disjointed thoughts on this Atlantic piece about a family that tried to escape the insane...

/ September 17, 2019

Jenny & Tyler, “A Boy & a Girl (We’re Getting Older)”

Sorry there was no post yesterday. Today I wanted to share a sweet music video from Jenny & Tyler’s latest record, There Will Be A Song:

/ January 8, 2019

The Tech-Wise Family Challenge

My wife and I read Andy Crouch’s The Tech-Wise Family last year and really enjoyed it. (We have also really enjoyed putting some of its recommendations into practice! Now, there’s a 21-day challenge you can do with your family, starting...

/ January 4, 2019

education and all God’s children

I really appreciated D.L. Mayfield’s essay about educating our children and “gifted and talented” programs: What is the right relationship to educational choice for the Christian? It’s complicated, and I often think about what Paul was trying to communicate in...

/ December 28, 2018

what if there’s nothing to assimilate to?

Shadi Hamid continues to be indispensable in thinking through issues of identity, belief, and assimilation in America: In short, Muslims are becoming more integrated, but they are becoming more integrated within only one half of the country, the Democratic one....

/ December 26, 2018

culture is learning to be free

This is a fascinating interview with Patrick Deneen at the ever-worthwhile Comment magazine (subscribe now for $30/year!) Liberalism ends in slavery because its notion of freedom involves the pursuit of desires that can never be sated, that can never be fulfilled....

/ December 20, 2018