Month: August 2020

Not for Bread Alone: Notes on Good Work

On a number of the shelves in my home sit baskets that I have made myself. I took up the craft out of a need for contrast in what is a largely abstract existence, mostly consisting of reading and computer...

/ August 14, 2020

Keeping Vaclav Benda’s Door Open

I don’t think there’s anyone better to explain to Rod Dreher where he went wrong in his recent posts about the death of George Floyd than Rod Dreher. When I wrote to him (Update #8 in that linked post), I...

/ August 13, 2020

Conservatism, Out of Decadence

In a review of Ross Douthat’s book The Decadent Society, Tara Isabella Burton argued that the way out of decadence is to have actual public conversation and debate about how our politics can be reconnected to something transcendent or, at...

/ August 13, 2020

Against Textbooks: Why We Need Bigger Stories

“But Mom, how do you know I’m learning?” This was a frequent query to my poor mother during her tenure homeschooling me. As a type A, achievement oriented child, I was exasperated with my mother’s refusal to do homeschooling like...

/ August 12, 2020

In Defense of Premodern Exegesis

During my early training as a pastor and theologian, many of my mentors warned me that emulating the exegetical method of the Church Fathers is a dangerous game. The concerns were typically twofold. First, there is the concern that the...

/ August 11, 2020
Mere Fidelity

Jesus, The Syrophoenician Woman, and Racism

Matt, Derek, and Alastair discuss the passage in the gospels that depict Jesus’s encounter with the Syrophoenician woman. At first, and perhaps even at a second, glance, this complicated passage appears to incriminate Jesus of some sort of racial prejudice....

/ August 11, 2020

The Strange Death of the Populist Dream and the Victory of Woke Integralism

“Religious insanity is very common in the United States.” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Between the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the incredible wave of civil unrest and protest that followed in its wake, descending...

/ August 10, 2020
Mere Fidelity

‘Christ and Calamity,’ with Dr. Harold Senkbeil

Dr. Harold Senkbeil—Adjunct Professor at Concordia Theological Seminary and Executive Director with DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel—joins Derek and Alastair to discuss his latest book, Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley. Listen...

/ August 4, 2020