Month: November 2020

Lady Bird and the Buffered Self

“Do I look like I’m from Sacramento?” “You are from Sacramento.” Greta Gerwig’s 2018 film Lady Bird explores the relationship between identity, freedom, and givenness with painstaking attention to mundane details. An homage to her hometown of Sacramento, California, the...

/ November 30, 2020

Advent I: The Face of God

The deepest desire of the people of God is to see the face of God. The Psalmist gives voice to this desire in the form of exhortation: “seek his face always” (105:4). The invocation of Israel’s priests answers this desire...

/ November 30, 2020

Markets and the Strangulation of the American Family

Maxine Eichner was a lawyer with a new baby girl. At work, she felt pressured to keep up with the long work hours of her peers, but in her heart, she longed to be home with her baby. One day,...

/ November 24, 2020
Mere Fidelity

‘The Logic of the Body,’ with Dr. Matthew LaPine

Derek, Matt, and Alastair are so excited about this book by Dr. Matthew LaPine, Pastor of Theological Development at Cornerstone Church of Ames, Iowa. You will be excited too! LaPine tells the story of the separation of psychology from theology...

/ November 24, 2020

Befriending Books: On Reading and Thinking with Alan Jacobs and Zena Hitz

We like to think, of course, that we think; but what people allow to pass for thinking is usually about 90 percent reshuffling of images. —Robert Farrar Capon Do you want to do intellectual work? Begin by creating within you...

/ November 23, 2020

Love, According to E. B. White

I often feel great pressure to craft perfect answers. Whether it’s a question from my eight year old or from a friend in Bible study, my mind goes through all the angles to create a proper response. I don’t want...

/ November 17, 2020
Mere Fidelity

A Theology of Gratitude

Every year Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a secular, not a Christian, holiday. But gratitude is baked into the very foundation of Christianity, and even of Creation itself. On this episode, Matt, Derek, and Alastair unpack the role of gratitude in...

/ November 17, 2020

Book Review: Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher

I have been reading Rod Dreher’s dispatches from St. Francisville religiously for years now, and I eagerly awaited his newest book, Live Not By Lies. I became a regular reader of Dreher’s work around the same time I converted to...

/ November 13, 2020

Book Review: Can’t Even by Anne Helen Petersen

We live in a cultural landscape ripe for burnout. In Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, Anne Helen Petersen engages in compelling cultural analysis to argue why millennials are not lazy or entitled (as they have wrongly been...

/ November 12, 2020

Death Does Not Come for the Deserving

At that time, some people came and reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And He responded to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all Galileans because they...

/ November 11, 2020