Month: June 2021

Mere Fidelity

Beatitudes: “Peacemakers”

Everyone has a Beatitude that is their least favorite or that they are most confused by. We’re not saying Matt has an issue with peacemaking. (We’re just sayin’.) This episode in the Mere Fi series on the Beatitudes features a...

/ June 29, 2021

Cultural Assimilation and the Curious Cases of Jessica Krug and Rachel Dolezal

After Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, educator Jane Elliot held an experiment with her elementary school students that she called “Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes.” The experiment became famous, and she repeated it for various audiences for years,...

/ June 17, 2021

The Ordinary Beauty of Flower Bouquets

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing – to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from.” – Till We Have Faces As I type this I’m staring at a bouquet...

/ June 16, 2021

Prolegomena to Poetry

A poem is a thought that comes out sounding good, and lingers awhile; But it doesn’t have to rhyme, Though it could What is poetry? A poet will maintain that it is a noble enterprise; a numinous expression of the...

/ June 15, 2021
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The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, with Mike Cosper

Mike Cosper, Director of Podcasting for Christianity Today, has created a podcast exploring the rise and the fall of Mars Hill church in Seattle. He joins Derek, Alastair, and Matt to discuss the story, the scandal, and what this project...

/ June 15, 2021

Thin Discipleship

We are experiencing a crisis in American evangelicalism. Responses to issues such as partisan politics, police brutality, or the pandemic demonstrate deep “fault lines” — as one author has recently argued. One explanation argues that these fault lines have developed...

Book Excerpt: Either Way, We’ll Be All Right by Eric Tonjes

The cross is not simply about rescue but also about restoration. The cross is not primarily about escape from some future punishment but rather about healing our relationship with God. Christ’s death brings us back into communion with our Creator:...

/ June 8, 2021
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Beatitudes: “Pure in Heart”

Mere Fidelity · Beatitudes: “Pure in Heart” Many blessings are promised to the ones named in the Beatitudes. But the pure in heart are told that they will “see God.” That is an amazing promise, indeed! What does this mean...

/ June 8, 2021

The Six Way Fracturing of Evangelicalism

Written with Skyler Flowers Colin Kaepernick. “Grab them by the p… ” Confederate monuments. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery. COVID – serious problem or overblown? Trump, Biden, other, or abstain? January 6th, 2021. The last few years have highlighted...

/ June 7, 2021

Betraying Tyndale: Notes Against Propaganda

I think this essay is maybe about my parents, particularly my mother, but it’s also about what they taught me and how that relates to the turmoil currently roiling America’s public life. My mom’s formal education ended with a high-school...

/ June 2, 2021