Month: May 2016

Mere Fidelity: Assurance

In this episode, Andrew Wilson returns to the show! Alastair and Derek talk to him about the subject of his dissertation: the relationship between warnings and assurance in 1 Corinthians. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us...

/ May 31, 2016

Boldness, Joy, Humility in God

The second piece in our series on Remembering John Webster is by my friend Matt Crutchmer. One of the more treasured bits of inheritance I’ve received is my mother’s old Book of Common Prayer, given and inscribed to her “Whitsunday,...

/ May 27, 2016

Divine Attentiveness and Self Forgetfulness

The first memorial piece for Dr. John Webster comes from Joshua Malone, a former student of his. Upon recollection, two qualities of the man, John Webster, stand out in my mind: a passion for our triune God and a forgetfulness...

/ May 27, 2016

Remembering John Webster (1955-2016)

Earlier this week Dr. John Webster, professor of divinity at St. Andrews University, died. For the next few days, we will be publishing pieces by friends, former students, and appreciative readers of Webster explaining what they learned about God from...

/ May 27, 2016

If the American church is dying it’s because we deserve it.

Back in 2007 after the death of Jerry Falwell, famed atheist Christopher Hitchens took to the airwaves of Anderson Cooper’s CNN talkshow to blast the late Baptist reverend. He began by saying that Falwell certainly wasn’t in heaven “and it’s...

/ May 26, 2016

Monasteries, Protestantism, and the Joy of Indifference

Recently a Catholic friend who has frequently visited a monastery for much of his adult life asked me about how Protestants can create stable communities that will preserve and pass on the Christian faith without monasteries. For many Catholics, he...

/ May 25, 2016

The New Evangelical Scandal Republished

Note from Jake Meador: In early 2009 after the election of Barack Obama, Matthew Lee Anderson published his “New Evangelical Scandal” essay in Houston Baptist University’s journal The City. The essay is no longer available online, so we are making it available...

/ May 20, 2016

Five Theses on Christianity and Political Economy

For too long, evangelicals have taken the party line on economic issues without bringing any distinct principles of their own to the conversation. I think Brad Littlejohn is right. America’s current political moment is an opportune one for evangelicals, and...

/ May 19, 2016

The Culture War Is Interested in You

Last summer, David Brooks wrote that the social conflicts “oriented around the Sexual revolution” were over. Legal same-sex marriage and the declining influence of traditional Christianity had combined, he wrote, to put the goals of the culture wars of the last few decades out...

/ May 18, 2016

Evangelicalism After Trump: The religious left isn’t a solution.

Ruth Graham’s latest in Slate is, to the surprise of no one who reads her regularly, a well-done, interesting take on the future of American Christianity. You should read the whole thing, but the excerpts below gets at the key...

/ May 17, 2016