a letter from a Chinese pastor

This is a moving letter from a Chinese pastor arrested for preaching the Gospel: Those who lock me up will one day be locked up by angels. Those who interrogate me will finally be questioned and judged by Christ.  When I...

/ December 21, 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

“Shallow songs last for three years, and breed shallow believers that last for three years.”

Church Times has a fascinating (if somewhat meandering) report on the history and future of contemporary worship music: In fact, almost from the start, much of the critique of contemporary worship music has emerged from within the movement. Wimber was...

/ December 19, 2018

more on teaching professionalism to medical students

After reading Brewer Eberly’s great piece on the main site about virtue ethics and the Reformed tradition, I was delighted to find this reflection from him about teaching professionalism to medical students: And yet, medical students may be disconnected from moral...

/ December 18, 2018

there may have been a manger, but it wasn’t a stable

Stop your nativity pageants! What, then, does it mean for the kataluma to have ‘no space’? It means that many, like Joseph and Mary, have travelled to Bethlehem, and the family guest room is already full, probably with other relatives who arrived earlier....

/ December 17, 2018

baby steps on criminal justice reform

Emma Green looks at the conservative Christian push for the First Step Act and the pushback from other Christian leaders wary of working with Trump on anything — and leaving the underlying issues unaddressed: Conservative religious leaders like Colson saw...

/ December 14, 2018

makes you wanna holler

This report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (an organization doing more than any other, I think, to highlight where and how people can be working for the localism we like to talk about) highlights how dollar stores deliver low-quality goods...

/ December 13, 2018

john the baptist and the advent calendar

Fleming Rutledge digs into the curious omission of John the Baptist from our advent calendar: It would be hard to say which is more alien to our contemporary ideas of getting ready for Christmas, the season of Advent or the...

/ December 12, 2018

what cannot be rebuilt

This is a heartbreaking story about the exodus of Christians from Iraq by Janine di Giovanni: In the summer of 2014, the Islamic State occupied Christian cities and villages across northern Iraq, appropriated Christian homes, and destroyed farms of Christian...

/ December 11, 2018

my two favorite Advent records (plus more!)

Just wanted to highlight my two favorite Advent records here. The first is Behold the Lamb of God, which tells the story of the Bible leading up to the birth of Jesus and traces the longing for a Savior from...

/ December 10, 2018