Category: Evangelicalism

How Do Movements Grow? The BenOp, Conversation, and Local Advocacy

One of my primary points in my review of Rod’s book is that orthodox Christians need a robust commitment to conversation if we are to thrive in a post-Christian context. Given the importance this will play and the related point...

/ March 30, 2017
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The Religious Right Is Not a Subsidiary of the Alt-Right

In a recent essay for The New Republic, religion reporter Sarah Posner contends that the Religious Right has “effectively become a subsidiary of the alt-right, yoked to Trump’s white nationalist agenda.” By effectively wedding themselves to Trump’s narrative about ‘American...

/ March 27, 2017

A Social Justice Warrior in King Roderick’s Court

Last Thursday’s “Time for the Benedict Option?” discussion hosted by Plough, First Things, and The American Conservative was a great summary of the Benedict Option debate so far and where things ought to go from here. You can watch the...

/ March 24, 2017
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Pastoral Care and the Trauma of Life: a Reformed Evangelical Approach

We’re pleased to publish this guest feature from Patrick Stefan. Hello. My name is Patrick and I’m going to trust you with a story. I don’t know you, but my hope is that you are reading this piece for the...

/ March 15, 2017
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Theologians Were Arguing About the Benedict Option 35 Years Ago

Getting historical perspective on a contemporary topic of debate is always helpful. Dr. Christopher Cleveland’s essay for us on the trinitarian controversy last summer is exceptional precisely because of how successfully he tied the current debate to historical debates and...

/ March 13, 2017
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The “New Alarmism” is not new and is not alarmism.

When asked about the Holy Roman Empire the French philosophe Voltaire once quipped that said empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. I had something like that thought while reading Dr. James K. A. Smith’s piece for the...

/ March 10, 2017
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On Presidential Politics and Evangelical Cultural Clout

If you’ll indulge me, I’m going to circle back around to Emma Green’s review of Rod’s book while also linking it to Katelyn Beaty’s review of the same published earlier this week in the Washington Post.

/ March 3, 2017
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Lent, Individualism, and Christian Piety–An Email Conversation

Given that today is Ash Wednesday, it seemed appropriate to republish this email conversation that Alastair Roberts and I had which was first published in 2014. Introduction Recently my friend and occasional Mere O contributor Alastair Roberts exchanged a few...

/ March 1, 2017
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The Benedict Option and Its Reviewers

Rod’s forthcoming book, The Benedict Option, is beginning to attract some considerable press attention. The Wall Street Journal has recently featured the book as part of a profile of the Clear Creek Catholics in rural Oklahoma. (I visited them last summer...

/ February 23, 2017
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Evangelicals and the Loss of Prophetic Imagination

I’m pleased to publish this guest post by Sharon Hodde Miller. This year has changed me. I say this in all earnestness and with no dramatic intent, but this year really has changed me. I am not the same person...

/ February 9, 2017