Month: May 2018

You shouldn’t critique an economy that doesn’t actually exist.

By Ben Bush There is a large strain of leftist thought—whether from liberal Marxists or (parts of?) the Christian left—which presses a critique of market capitalism as inherently tending to dissolve social bonds and separate us into haves and have-nots....

/ May 31, 2018

How the Irish Lost Themselves and Their Ancestral Inheritance and How They May Find Themselves Again

By Emily Sullivan When I was growing up I heard two key narratives about “our people,” my Irish ancestors. Though I now look back at them with a bit less sentimentality, these stories nonetheless formed my sense of identity and...

/ May 30, 2018

Evangelical Indifference to the Immigrant in Historical Perspective

By Miles Smith Last week, reputable reports appeared that the United States government had begun forcibly separating children from their parents at the border and even at installations within the United States. An op-ed at the Los Angeles Times by...

/ May 29, 2018

The Fall of the Village

There’s a movie scene I’ve been thinking about this week in which a pastor and a journalist sit down to talk about their home city. The pastor offers his help to the newly appointed editor and says, “I find that...

/ May 25, 2018

Mere Fidelity: Hospitality and Immigration, with Dr. Matthew Kaemingk

Rev. Dr. Matthew Kaemingk is an assistant professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and the associate dean of Fuller Texas in Houston. He is also the author of the recently released Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an...

/ May 23, 2018

Can There Be Mercy in Trump’s America?

Early last week our president, when responding to a sheriff’s comment about a member of a violent immigrant gang, said that:

/ May 21, 2018

Health and the Power of the State

By Daniel Hindman Over the last several years, public health has become sexy. It wasn’t always this way. Prevention was boring. Who, besides your dentist, gets passionate about tooth brushing and fluoridation of the water supply? We joke every New...

/ May 15, 2018
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Sola Scriptura and Tradition: Friends or Foes?

By Matthew Emerson There are some colloquial ways that evangelicals of all stripes talk about doing theology. Phrases like, “give me chapter and verse,” “the Bible says it so I believe it,” and “the Bible tells me so” abound in...

/ May 14, 2018
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Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 9

Derek, Matt and Alastair read Book 9 of Augustine’s Confessions, which includes the vision at Ostia and Monica’s death. If you’re interested in supporting the show financially, you can check out our Patreon here. Finally, as always, follow Derek, Andrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized brilliance. Thanks to Timothy...

/ May 9, 2018

On Paige Patterson’s Missing Link

By Brian Mesimer Paige Patterson’s comments on handing abuse in a Christian relationship are concerning. Spoken at a conference in 2000, they were recently rediscovered by Jonathan Merritt in a Washington Post expose. For clarity’s sake, I will reproduce the...

/ May 9, 2018