Month: September 2016


Mere Fidelity: 1 Kings

Apologies for the late posting: Matt is traveling today so I’m publishing the podcast this week, except I’m also moving tomorrow and have two small children, and one in particular who excels at unpacking the things we just packed. Anyway,...

/ September 27, 2016

Interview with Danielle Hitchen

After featuring Danielle Hitchen’s new project on Monday, I wanted to ask her a few more questions about the counting primer specifically and about more general work that she is doing with Catechesis Books. So in this brief interview, we’ll...

/ September 21, 2016

Mere Fidelity: On Biblical Exegesis and Systematic Theology

On this show, we discuss the thorny relationship between Biblical exegesis and systematic theology. It’s a lot of fun, let me tell you. But the real news is that we have music! Yes, music! Kenneth Padgett from The Joy Eternal...

/ September 20, 2016

Our Father. How ya’ doin? Amen: Catechesis with Board Books

I’m delighted to run this guest post by friend-of-the-blog Danielle Hitchen. As we sat down to dinner a few weeks ago, my two-year-old daughter folded her hands and bowed her head to pray. Although my husband usually prays for our...

/ September 19, 2016

Choose: A Republic or “A Basket of Deplorables”

One of the smarter critiques of today’s American liberalism is that it’s actually mainline Protestantism shorn of its explicitly Christian content. Former First Things editor Jody Bottum makes this critique in his book An Anxious Age but others have made...

/ September 14, 2016

The Problem of Pronouns and Pluralism

From the land of “the culture war is interested in you,” here’s this new report from Eugene Volokh at the Washington Post: From the official Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s Gender Identity Guidance, just released last week: Even a church could be...

/ September 13, 2016

Mere Fidelity: The Righteous Mind

Andrew, Alastair, and Derek consider Jonathan Haidt’s thesis that conservatives and liberals are divided by how they value harm, fairness, and authority. — If you enjoyed the show, leave us a review at iTunes. If you didn’t enjoy the show,...

/ September 13, 2016

Regarding Nebraska

I wrote this essay four years ago and it has been sitting on my hard drive awaiting further work ever since. I’ve recently concluded that it’s been so long now that I can’t “finish it” but only write a sequel....

/ September 12, 2016

The Treachery of Narratives

Yesterday, Vanity Fair published a damning investigative article on Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the biotech start-up Theranos. Over the past few years, Holmes has never been far from the spotlight. She delivered a popular TED talk, won countless awards and...

/ September 7, 2016

Mere Fidelity: Are there any more Christian ‘Intellectuals’?

We loved Alan Jacobs’s terrific essay on the decline of Christian intellectuals and the reasons for it so much that we wanted to talk about it. So, we did. While reading Jacobs’s essay isn’t quite mandatory before listening, the conversation may be a bit perplexing...

/ September 6, 2016