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On Father’s Day, Living in Losses, and Home

There’s nothing that can prepare you to touch your father’s arm and find that it’s frozen. I should have known, of course. Doctors had told us what they were doing and said he’d be cold. But it’s one thing to know...

/ June 19, 2017

On Ben Sasse, Civil Society, and Voting Records

Last week Matthew Walther went hard after one of my Senators, Ben Sasse, in a piece for The Week. The piece wandered a bit, but I basically agreed with it: It’s hard to make sense of Sasse as a politician because...

/ June 15, 2017

A Brief Commendation: The Addicts Next Door

I cannot remember reading an essay that has moved me as much as Margaret Talbot’s devastating New Yorker piece on our opioid crisis. The prose is mostly unadorned, because it can be. Many of the stories Talbot recounts are so...

/ June 13, 2017

W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk–Chapter 4

In chapter four Du Bois reflects on his time teaching at a black one-room schoolhouse in rural Tennessee. As such, most of the chapter is simply taken up with recounting what life looked like for an itinerant black school teacher...

/ June 13, 2017
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Book Review: Keeping Place by Jen Pollock Michel

When Francis and Edith Schaeffer were writing about issues like ecology, home, and place in the late 1960s and early 70s, they were to the best of my knowledge the only evangelicals doing so. While they laid great foundations with Pollution...

/ June 12, 2017

The Most Reluctant Convert: Lewis, Theater, and the Friendship of Debate

It’s not that I ever pictured C. S. Lewis as a sixteen year old girl. It’s that when I was one, and reading Surprised by Joy for the first time, I thought of him as a peer. Was this because...

/ May 19, 2017

Will the Church Continue to Kill People with Hepatitis C?

Friends, There is an urgent soul-cry from the culture. From our neighbors. This cry has been silenced by the church and ignored by the media.

/ May 15, 2017

W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk–Chapter 2 Overview

One of the main points Du Bois is developing throughout his book is that, to quote him directly, “the defining problem of the 20th century [was] the color line.”

/ May 12, 2017

The Oppressive Church Has Tried to Get Independent Teachers Under Their Authority Since the Beginning

Ephesus – AD 52 – Darkest Timeline Caius and Nikola linger in the front room, waiting for Justus to finishing tidying up. The house church had just finished their Sunday meeting, and they needed to get home before dark.

/ May 10, 2017

Blogging Through W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk–Chapter 1

One of the persistent criticisms of much of the reflection up to this point on the orthodox church’s place in the contemporary west is that what we’re really talking about is the white orthodox church’s place in the contemporary west. Matthew Loftus...

/ May 9, 2017