Category: Theology and Practice

On Powers, Principalities, and Politics

“I’m the idiot box. I’m the TV. I’m the all-seeing eye and the world of the cathode ray. I’m the boob tube. I’m the little shrine the family gathers to adore.” “You’re the television? Or someone in your the television?”...

/ October 20, 2017
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What Do We Do with Karl Barth?

I’m pleased to publish this guest post from Dr. Matthew Emerson. Recently, Christiane Tietz’ Theology Today article, “Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum,” was a hot topic in one small corner of the internet, occupied mostly by academic theologians. Tietz’...

/ October 17, 2017

Ecclesiology and the Zombie Pastor Problem

A brief note on the furor surrounding Patheos’s decision to add Mark Driscoll to their Evangelical channel: One of the common responses when something like this hits the press is for evangelicals, self-lacerating sorts that we are, to say that...

/ October 11, 2017
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Lessons from the Wreckage: Notes on Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Lessons from the Wreckage, Pt. I: A Voice from the Whirlwind He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot, he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds,...

/ October 2, 2017
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Work and Pray

I’m pleased to publish this guest piece from Dr. Tim LeCroy. Ora et labora: pray and work. This was the motto of the medieval monk. This simple phrase moved the life of prayer from the realm of the ascetical heroism...

/ September 20, 2017

Why I Won’t Sign the Nashville Statement

The ongoing dispute over the shape and meaning of “evangelicalism’s” understanding of sexual ethics took a sharper, more institutionally focused form yesterday. The CBMW convened what they are calling a “Coalition for Biblical Sexuality,” and released a series of affirmations...

/ August 30, 2017

Patience and Hermeneutics: On Brian Zahnd, Marcion, and Origen

I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Dr. Mark Randall James. Brian Zahnd’s new book, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, has invited comparison with one of the greatest of early heretics, Marcion. In a long and...

/ August 28, 2017

Paul and the Slave Girl: Racism and the Great Gospel Narrative

I’m pleased to publish this guest feature from Joseph Torres. It’s impossible to be a culturally aware Christian and not be sensitive to the high tension environment in which we live. Just last week, a protest was held in Charlottesville,...

/ August 18, 2017

Orthodoxy, Sex Ethics, and the Meaning of Nature

James K.A. Smith’s recent criticism of those who have made a particular sexual ethic a criterion of ‘orthodoxy’ has generated a minor kerfuffle, as these things go. My friends and Mere Fidelity collaborators Derek Rishmawy and Alastair Roberts have both...

/ August 9, 2017

Ben Sasse, James K. A. Smith, and Smuggling in Virtue

This guest review is written by Ben Whisenant. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has written a book about raising children to be adults, and strangely for a book written by a sitting politician, it contains no concrete policy proposals. It’s a truism,...

/ June 20, 2017