Category: Theology and Practice

That Word Does Not Mean What You Think it Means: Freedom, the Aridity of Grace, and a More Spacious Life

I was overwhelmed with the limits on my time and body: with four small children aged 6 and under, and as the primary caregiver, I was the sun around which they orbited. My limbs and body were the rays that...

/ November 12, 2021

Ten Theses on Homosexuality and the Church

I wrote the following to clarify my own thoughts and also to (indirectly) respond to some recent discussions and developments within my own denomination (the PCA). But at present here are my own reflections on homosexuality today as a pastor...

/ November 11, 2021

The Book of Revelation is for the Church

Timothy Beal. The Book of Revelation: A Biography. Lives of Great Religious Books. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. $26.95, 288 pp. First things first: Let me state my disagreement with two premises of Timothy Beal’s “biography” of the Book of...

/ November 9, 2021

Our Fugitive Senses and Sensibilities

Throughout the archaeological, biological, and literary records of homo sapiens emerges a common trait: the species best capable of lifting eyes and mind heavenward has not found this earth to be enough. However murkily understood, the great mounds of earth...

/ November 3, 2021

Marriage as Moral Orthodoxy

As evangelicals watch megachurches and other institutions wobble in their convictions about marriage, we have sought to buttress support by elevating the traditional view of the doctrine to a matter of orthodoxy. Always up for a good statement — or...

/ November 3, 2021

A Missionary Encounter with the West: A Guide to Lesslie Newbigin

Lesslie Newbigin has been characterized by a leading church historian as “probably the most influential British theologian of the twentieth century.”[1] He spent 40 years in India as a missionary. When he returned to Europe, he had fresh eyes to...

/ November 2, 2021

On Christian Hope

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. — Psalm 90:1–20 I have often...

/ November 1, 2021

Forget “Enchantment”: In Praise of the Spooky

Thomas Merton concretized a sentiment many of us share and have found ourselves unable to articulate: “October is a fine and dangerous season in America. It is dry and cool and the land is wild with red and gold and...

/ October 29, 2021

We All Have the Power of Caligula Now

The logic, spirit, and economy of contemporary pornography is a near-perfect reflection of society’s failure to provide us with the tools necessary to meet the Responsibilities of Self-Belonging. Pornography assumes that we are each our own and belong to ourselves....

/ October 12, 2021

A Numbing Blow: Baptism as Illiberalism

“The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers,” wrote the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan. He was pointing out in his inimitable way how the course of our lives unfold from an act over...

/ October 6, 2021