All posts by Myles Werntz

Myles Werntz is Director of Baptist Studies and Associate Professor of Theology at Abilene Christian University, where he directs the Baptist Studies Center in the Graduate School of Theology. He is the author and editor of five books in theology and ethics, and writes broadly on Christian ethics of war and peace, immigration, ecclesiology, and discipleship.

Christianity and Culture in an Age of Crisis

Christian concerns with the culture go all the way back, dating beyond the legacies of Justin Martyr and Augustine to the earliest generations of Christians. But even here, in the first centuries, negotiations with culture were not straightforward: for every...

/ March 23, 2021

Engagement Without Fear: Responding to Brandon McGinley’s “The Prodigal Church”

To anyone paying attention to church participation in North America over the last forty years, things are not now, nor have they been, very good. The jeremiads have been spoken, the eulogies written, and the post-mortem begun, while the patient...

/ January 14, 2021

Advent II: Expectant Waiting

As 2020 has lingered on, I have watched as marker after marker of a year’s progression have been overtaken by an endless sea of sameness: one weekend blurs into the next, one Zoom call into the next. The rhythms of...

/ December 7, 2020

Book Review: White Too Long by Robert P. Jones

It is no secret (and impossible, frankly, to say otherwise) that American Christianity has broadly taken the shape that it has because of race. This is not a monocausal argument for American church history which would undermine other factors such...

/ September 16, 2020

Book Review: From Adam and Israel to the Church by Benjamin Gladd

As one who spends a great deal of time with students who are being shaped to lead the people of God in ministry, I can tell you that much of the attention in the literature is given to the pragmatic...

/ March 3, 2020

What is a Nation?

In debates over the last two months, the question of whether or not Christians can be ‘nationalists’ has become one of the pressing questions to be answered. Unfortunately, the way the debate has proceeded so far makes answering the question...

/ October 3, 2019

Christ Ever Present, But to What Church? Reviewing Phillip Cary’s “Meaning of Protestant Theology”

The calls of warning for Protestant theology have been long in the making, or at least for a certain variety of Protestant theology. The 20th century, for all of the ecumenical exchanges which occurred, were rough times for Protestants, as...

/ August 14, 2019

The Burden of Parenting: In Praise of Christian Simplicity

North America, in many places, is in the throes of a decadence which it cannot justify, but which it will not live without. For decades, North America has consumed more than its share of resources, and now, for a variety...

/ January 15, 2019