Month: March 2020

Revisiting the Kingdom: Ten Years After “Desiring the Kingdom”

It has been over ten years since the publication of philosopher James K. A. Smith’s paradigm-shifting, Desiring the Kingdom—Smith’s first title in what would become his three book Cultural Liturgies series. When it was first released, Kingdom received well deserved...

/ March 18, 2020
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The Coronavirus Discussion

Matt, Derek, and Alastair sit down to discuss COVID-19 and how the church can respond to the current global pandemic. How should the church gather, is this some kind of act of judgment, and what practical habits are helpful to...

/ March 18, 2020
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Crises in Evangelicalism with Dr. Molly Worthen

Dr. Molly Worthen joins Matt and Derek to talk all things evangelicalism, not the least of which is her book, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. As someone outside of the camp of evangelicalism, Dr. Worthen...

/ March 17, 2020

Reasonable Service: What the PCA’s Latest Controversy Says about Its Understanding of Outreach, Evangelism, and Ethics

Earlier this month, members of the Presbyterian Church in America learned that one of their congregations had allowed a theatre production titled “Transluminate: A Celebration of Transgender, Agender, Non-Binary, Genderqueer and Genderfluid Artists” to be held at one of its...

/ March 16, 2020

Grift Before the Storm: Three Days at CPAC 2020

For three whole days late last month the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Fort Washington, Maryland became the pulsating core of the Conservative Political Action Conferrence’s annual Republlican extravaganza. Its soaring, glass paneled interior serving as the blighted ovum...

/ March 13, 2020

How Should Christians Respond to the Coronavirus?

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and...

/ March 12, 2020
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Integralism with Pater Edmund Waldstein

Nearly every Christian tradition has its own view on Christ & Culture; that is, how the Christian church relates to secular culture and political powers. In this episode, Pater Edmund joins Matt and Derek to discuss the classic Roman Catholic...

/ March 10, 2020

Communicating the Gospel in a Partisan World

“My kingdom is not of this world.” As he approaches the crux of his earthly life, our Savior simultaneously qualifies Pilate’s authority while submitting himself to it. It is an astonishing moment of political quietism, which is possible only because...

/ March 9, 2020

Nations and Nation-States: A Question for National Conservatives

Early in his book The Fate of Africa Martin Meredith describes the… we’ll call it “unconventional” method by which sub-Saharan Africa was divided in the late 19th century at the Conference of Berlin. Nigeria, for example, contained as many as 250...

/ March 5, 2020

The Hidden Transubstantiation of Contemporary Worship

In countless churches across America’s denominational landscape, contemporary worship practices have won the day in the name of cultural relevance and stylistic preference. But inherent in contemporary worship is a dangerous dichotomy of style and substance that if not remedied,...

/ March 4, 2020