Month: August 2021

Book Review: Black Fundamentalists by Daniel Bare

Daniel Bare. Black Fundamentalists: Conservative Christianity and Racial Identity in the Segregation Era. New York: New York University Press, 2021. 272 pp, $30. I was born and raised in the Pentecostal church, steeped and simmered in the rhythms of the AOG...

/ August 26, 2021

Market Apocalypse

Rodney Clapp. Naming Neo-Liberalism: Exposing the Spirit of Our Age. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2021. 250 pp, $24.00 In recent years liberalism has been on the ropes. Not the liberalism of the Democratic Party, where the L-word means “left of center.” Liberalism...

/ August 25, 2021

We Became American: Why the Right is Wrong about Afghan Refugees

In 1969, my father escaped Libya in the back of a Red Cross ambulance just after Moammar Qaddafi overthrew King Idris I. Just six years old, my father, along with my aunts and grandparents, fled directly from Tripoli to Baltimore, where he lived for...

/ August 24, 2021

Laughter and Simplicity: Why Didn’t the Monad Cross the Road?

Q. Why didn’t the monad cross the road? A. Because it lacks spatial location.

/ August 23, 2021

Starfish Stories

At the climax of the recent wannabe-blockbuster film The Suicide Squad[1], a giant mind-controlling starfish is wreaking havoc across a nondescript non-American city when the team of super-villains (who are, from a story perspective, the heroes of the movie) must...

/ August 18, 2021

Book Review: Enjoying the Bible by Matthew Mullins

Matthew Mullins. Enjoying the Bible: Literary Approaches to Loving the Scriptures. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2021. 224 pp, $22.99. I stood before my class of mostly unengaged private Christian school students in a small Texas town. Masks covered the bottom...

/ August 17, 2021
Mere Fidelity

‘What’s Wrong with Rights?’ with Dr. Nigel Biggar

Is the theory of natural rights really the best way to protect ourselves from tyrannical governments? This is the big question of Dr. Nigel Biggar’s book, What’s Wrong With Rights? Dr. Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology,...

/ August 17, 2021
Mere Fidelity

‘Ministers of Reconciliation,’ with Dr. Matthew Kim

How should pastors address the issue of race in their churches? This is exactly what Andrew and Alastair are talking about with Dr. Matthew Kim on this episode. Dr. Kim has both academic expertise and practical experience with this issue....

/ August 10, 2021

The Maniac and the Theorist: Chesterton on Critical Theory

It does not matter how beautiful a house seems, how stately its design, how lofty its ceiling, or how well intentioned its builders; a house built on sand will fall when the rain comes (Matt. 7:27). Ultimately, the premises or...

/ August 4, 2021

Book Review: Preachers N Sneakers by Ben Kirby

Over the last couple of years, one of the most fun, or infuriating, Instagram accounts to follow has been @PreachersNSneakers. For the uninitiated or the slightly less active on Instagram, PreachersNSneakers is an account that mainly posts pictures of preachers...

/ August 3, 2021