Category: Theology and Practice

Reviewing Radicalism: When Reform Becomes Revolution

In 2017, many Protestants will observe the 500th anniversary of their revolution—or at least of its most celebrated image: the promulgation of Luther’s Ninety-five Theses. Though inevitably drowned out by triumphalism, some such observances will be understandably ambivalent about the...

/ February 10, 2017
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Evangelicals and the Loss of Prophetic Imagination

I’m pleased to publish this guest post by Sharon Hodde Miller. This year has changed me. I say this in all earnestness and with no dramatic intent, but this year really has changed me. I am not the same person...

/ February 9, 2017
climate-change

Climate change is political and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Donald Trump was sworn in as President at noon on Friday, January 20th. Within an hour, all references to climate change had been removed from the White House website. He has stacked key positions with outspoken climate change deniers, and...

/ February 8, 2017

The Sexual Revolution Is Abortion

A few years ago I read an online exchange between two self-described Christians that has lingered with me as a good summary of our cultural moment. One of the speakers identified as bisexual, but also as a Christian, and was arguing...

/ February 6, 2017

The Idol of No Pain

I’m pleased to publish this guest contribution from Rachel Joy Watson. When I was eighteen and in the hospital with a serious bone infection, the doctor told me “the pain you’ve experienced is on par with the pain of giving...

/ January 19, 2017
book-reviews

Reviewing “The End of Protestantism” by Peter Leithart

I am pleased to publish this guest review from Dr. Coyle Neal of Southwest Baptist University. Has the modern church reached the point in history where it is time to set aside the albatross of denominations and embrace a “Reformational...

/ January 18, 2017
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Dreaming Better Dreams: The Home, Marketplace, and American Dream

I am delighted to publish today’s feature essay by Hannah Anderson. Two notes for readers: First, this is the first essay I have been able to commission using the money from the tip jar, which you can donate to at...

/ January 16, 2017

Go to Church LOL: An Impertinent Catechism

Question 1: Why should I go to church when Christians overwhelmingly went for Donald Trump in this past election? Why should I care about being connected to other Christians when they are so proud, xenophobic, homophobic, self-centered, uninformed about basic...

/ January 11, 2017
rural-life

The Abolition of Troy Chatham

Plough has recently published one of the better versions of a critique of Wendell Berry that is fairly common and fairly tiresome. The author, Tamara Hill Murphy, has a great many kind things to say about Berry but then says...

/ January 3, 2017
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The Possibilities of Home

I. The Impeded Stream According to a study from LinkedIn, people who graduated between 2006 and 2008 worked for nearly three companies on average in their first five years after graduation. Those who graduated between 2001 and 2005 worked for...

/ November 8, 2016