Category: Culture

Prophetic Performers, Authenticity Acts, and the Need for Wisdom

Growing in wisdom involves growing in the discernment of who is wise, and who only parodies wisdom. While there are many ways to parody wisdom, two stand out in the age of the internet. At first glance they might seem...

/ January 5, 2018

The Politics of the Last Jedi

The following includes spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Right Hand Man,” the song in Hamilton that introduces the story’s protagonist to Gen. George Washington, he first tells the story of Hamilton’s daring theft of British cannons before...

/ January 2, 2018

The 2017 Eliot Awards

For the longest time one of my favorite year-end rituals has been combing through David Brooks’s Sydney Award winners for the year to find which ones I’d missed and to re-read favorites from earlier in the year.

/ December 20, 2017

Faithful Extension and the Question of Human Origins

William T. Cavanaugh and Jamie K. A. Smith, eds.: Evolution and the Fall, Eerdmans, 2017. The questions the church confronts most severely at present are questions of human nature, and what to call good and what to reject as broken...

/ December 19, 2017
book-reviews

Twenty-Five “Non-Christian” Books Published This Year That Christians Should Read

By Brad Vermurlen Around this time each year, many of the pastors and seminary professors I’m connected to on social media post their top ten books of the year. Inevitably, most of the books they select are religiously committed books...

/ December 18, 2017

Cells Interlinked: The Quest for Humanity in Blade Runner 2049

By Jeremiah Webster and Zach Boyd Lamenting modern cinema is easy. Optimus Prime never really dies. Second rate superheroes, revived against their will, become a name. CGI bristles, indulges in the excess of “because we can, that’s why.” Nothing explodes...

/ December 6, 2017

What of the Baptists? A Response to Samuel James

Joseph Minich also assisted with the writing of this response. As editors of People of the Promise: A Mere Protestant Eccleisology, we were honored by Samuel D. James’ review of our co-writers’ primer in Christianity Today. And while James tone...

/ December 4, 2017
book-reviews

The Christian Commonwealth and Natural Law: Littlejohn Responds to Dillon

From Jake: I’ve invited Brad Littlejohn to respond to Kyle Dillon’s review of his book The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed. I am very grateful to Kyle Dillon’s thoughtful review of my little book, The Two Kingdoms: A Guide...

/ November 21, 2017
book-reviews

Book Review: Awaiting the King by James K. A. Smith

By Jeff Bilbro Awaiting the King, Jamie Smith’s third and final volume in his Cultural Liturgies series, is a provocative and hopeful call for Christians to participate boldly in the messy meantime of the saeculum, confident that our King is...

/ November 20, 2017

Sex in Movies: Was John Piper Right All Along?

So Kevin Spacey is in the news this week for what increasingly appears to be a Weinstein- or Cosby-level history of sexual abuse. In Spacey’s case, however, his typical target was allegedly young boys he met through his work as...

/ November 3, 2017