Category: Theology

the faith and work movement… for workers!

The Faith and Work movement set out to do something worthwhile: encouraging people to think of their work as a vocation honoring to God. Unfortunately, it has really focused on the vocations of the creative class and other upper-middle-class professionals...

/ October 18, 2018

pluralism and hell

Shadi Hamid, who is one of the sharpest foreign policy commentators out there, has a really good interview in Providence magazine about Islam, liberalism, and pluralism: As for theological resources that conservatives might share across faiths, something I’ve been thinking about...

/ October 17, 2018

life: quantity vs. quality

This entire essay from Raymond Barfield, reviewing Barbara Ehrenreich’s Natural Causes is gold: One conclusion to draw from her book is that we do not just need better doctors: we need better patients. And we only become better patients by...

/ October 15, 2018

the desperate need for global integrity

Christians should be people of integrity — the world is watching us as we image Christ, and if we are not living with integrity, we shame Him. Sadly, failures of integrity happen far more often than we would like, with...

/ October 12, 2018

social justice, evangelicalism, and history

I tried not to follow the brouhaha over the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel too closely — too much to keep up with when I felt like the original statement was a whole lot of shadowboxing and thus...

/ October 3, 2018

natural law and common grace

I really appreciated this piece from Jordan Ballor and J. Daryl Charles on natural law and common grace. In particular, I liked the fact that they don’t take “natural law” further than it can go — it’s a “recognition of...

/ September 25, 2018

shame and the Bible

I’ve longed followed Jackson Wu and his writings about honor and shame in the Bible and missions, so I’m pleased to see he’s published a longer article with a more comprehensive look at the subject: Everyone agrees shame is a pervasive...

/ September 11, 2018

the four-paned window

I like Carl Ellis’ take on the four-paned window of Biblical righteousness: If we pair these dimensions in all possible combinations, we get four manifestations of righteousness: personal piety, social piety, personal justice, and social justice. This can be illustrated by the...

/ August 30, 2018

the call is coming from inside the house

You should always read Comment and you should always read Alan Jacobs, but you should especially always read Alan Jacobs in Comment: This essay has been, I hope it is now clear, a series of stories of evasion. Human beings wish to believe...

/ August 29, 2018

“You have mismanaged the light.”

This analysis of how South Sudanese refugees living in Northern Uganda understand the spiritual dimensions of their displacement is sharp: But the role of the church is not just social. Often, biblical explanations for suffering are presented as a means...

/ August 21, 2018