Category: Culture

Book Review: Listening to a Continent Sing by Donald Kroodsma

Donald Kroodsma. Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 336 pp, $21.95. It’s early spring as I sit on my porch reading the opening pages of Listening to...

/ July 15, 2021

The Beatitudes Through the Ages: An Interview with Rebekah Eklund

Interview with Rebekah Eklund for Mere Orthodoxy “Whence then doth He begin? and what kind of foundations of His new polity doth He lay for us? Let us hearken with strict attention unto what is said. For though it was...

/ July 14, 2021

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

Book Review: Reparations by Duke Kwon and Greg Thompson

I In Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance & Repair (Brazos Press, 2021), Presbyterian Church in America ministers Duke L. Kwon and Gregory Thompson lay out their biblical and historical case for the American church making reparations to African Americans....

/ May 24, 2021

The Austen Years: A Review in Six Movements

Rachel Cohen. The Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2020. 304 pp, $28. “We do not enjoy a story fully at the first reading. Not till the curiosity, the sheer narrative lust, has been...

/ May 5, 2021

Review: Cajetan on Sacred Doctrine by Hieromonk Gregory Hrynkiw

Hieromonk Gregory Hrynkiw. Cajetan on Sacred Doctrine. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2020. 352 pp. $75 If your theological education was anything like mine, you learned that Tommaso de Vio, Cardinal Cajetan, was Martin Luther’s grand inquisitor....

/ May 4, 2021

The Hole in Our Soul Care: Searching for a Road Forward for Pastoral Care

Early in his book The Logic of the Body: Retrieving Theological Psychology, Matthew LaPine comments that, unfortunately, “there is a path out of the church that runs through the counselor’s office” (p. 36). As a Christian and a counselor I...

/ April 12, 2021

The Danger of Respectable Christianity

Since its first season premiered on Netflix in 2016, The Crown has garnered attention from viewers, critics, and from the members of the royal family whose lives it portrays. The series’ fourth season, which was released late last year, has...

/ April 5, 2021

The Church Amongst the Counter-Institutions

I watched The Social Dilemma far later than most people not living under a rock. I expected a serious documentary that forecasted serious consequences with a tone of (even more) serious urgency and fear to drive the point home. If...

/ April 1, 2021

I Am a Unit of One

After Jiang Qing married Mao Zedong in 1938, Communist leadership informed her that to join the Communist movement, she would need to submit her will to a work unit. Qing, who before her marriage to Mao was an aspiring actress,...

/ March 31, 2021