Category: Mere Fidelity

Mere Fidelity: Christendom and the Privilege of the Church

You commented:  we listened.  After a number of intelligent readers made remarks about the church in America losing its position of “privilege,” we decided to talk about what that privilege is, what it (maybe!) should be, and whether “Christendom” as...

/ April 13, 2015

Mere Fidelity: The Resurrection and Ethics

What has the resurrection to do with how we think about ethics?  Alastair, Derek and I discuss that question as well as the limits and possibilities of natural law reasoning. We consider (tangentially) this essay by James K.A. Smith, this fascinating story...

/ April 6, 2015

Mere Fidelity: The Cross in the Gospels

What role does encountering the Cross through the lens of the Gospels (rather than, say, through the Pauline epistles) play in our understanding of Christ’s work? We discuss this and much more in our latest conversation.  Listen in and let...

/ March 30, 2015

Mere Fidelity: The Spirituality of Work

How does work integrate into our spiritual lives?  How should Christians approach their work?  Nancy Nordenson, author of Finding Livelihood, joins Alastair and Derek to talk about the kinds of rhythms we need in order to work well. If you enjoyed the...

/ March 23, 2015

Mere Fidelity: Can Christians Ever Support War?

Can Christians ever support war? That’s the question we take up with special guest Preston Sprinkle, author of the widely praised book Fight.  It’s a lively, feisty discussion of an important issue and we hope you listen in. If you want...

/ March 9, 2015

Mere Fidelity: Lament and the Church

Theologian Todd Billings new book on lament stems from his personal struggle with cancer, but explores it theologically.  In this episode, we talk with him about the nature and meaning of lament and why our culture may not leave much...

/ March 2, 2015

Mere Fidelity: Our Culture of Public Shaming

We have a growing culture of public shaming.  Or at least that’s one possible conclusion from an interesting NY Times essay on the phenomenon.  We decided that we should take up the question of what such public shaming means for...

/ February 23, 2015

Mere Fidelity: Living through the Church’s Exile

We’ve heard a lot lately about the church in North America being in exile, or it being winter, or about how we all need to be “countercultural.”  So we decided to discuss it. If you haven’t already, read Andrew Wilson’s...

/ February 16, 2015

Mere Fidelity: The Skeletons in God’s Closet

And, we’re back.  After a long break, Mere Fidelity returns with a doozy.  We invited Joshua Ryan Butler on to talk about his new book The Skeletons in God’s Closet:  The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, and the Hope...

/ February 9, 2015

Mere Fidelity: Christmas

  In this episode, the gang celebrates Christmas by teasing Derek, talking about their favorite books of the year, and engaging other various and sundry topics. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing. If you enjoyed the show (AND...

/ December 23, 2014