Category: Society

Effectively Work for Justice Without Leaving Your Couch on a Sunday Afternoon in Six Steps

I’m pleased and amused to publish this brief guest post from Colin Redemer. Don’t watch the racist, patriarchal, and evil NFL. Browse Twitter to pass the time. Oh, @realDonaldTrump said what?! Turn on the NFL and watch to show support...

/ September 30, 2017

The End of Bourgeois Christian Politics

I’m happy to publish this brief column from my friend Brandon McGinley. I remember watching the 2008 election returns in a conference room at Princeton University with fellow conservative students and faculty members. The general mood declined quickly as the...

/ September 29, 2017

American History, Structural Racism, NFL Protests, and the Kingdom of God

I’m pleased to publish this piece from Michael Graham. It’s a bit meandering, but what it does well is define terms, place the debate within a broader context, and walk through the steps of the argument needed to understand the...

/ September 28, 2017

On Blood Sport and the Image of God

I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Brad Williams.

/ September 25, 2017

W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk–Chapter 5

Chapter five is, so far, the most contemporary essay in Du Bois’s book. In it, he considers the city of Atlanta and what it says about the future of both African Americans and the South more broadly considered. He begins...

/ June 27, 2017

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

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

Martin Bucer’s Strenuous Life

Reading Sen. Ben Sasse’s recent book The Vanishing American Adult reminded me of a chapter I read about the home life of Martin Bucer, a 16th century pastor and leader in the Protestant Reformation. Though his lifestyle was not that aberrant amongst the...

/ May 31, 2017

W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk–Chapter 3

We’re continuing our exploration of Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk today with a brief overview of chapter three. Chapter three may well be one of the most timely in the entire book. Though primarily about Booker T. Washington, the issues that...

/ May 30, 2017