Category: Christian Life

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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

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
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Pastoral Care and the Trauma of Life: a Reformed Evangelical Approach

We’re pleased to publish this guest feature from Patrick Stefan. Hello. My name is Patrick and I’m going to trust you with a story. I don’t know you, but my hope is that you are reading this piece for the...

/ March 15, 2017
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Lent, Individualism, and Christian Piety–An Email Conversation

Given that today is Ash Wednesday, it seemed appropriate to republish this email conversation that Alastair Roberts and I had which was first published in 2014. Introduction Recently my friend and occasional Mere O contributor Alastair Roberts exchanged a few...

/ March 1, 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

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
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Boldness, Joy, Humility in God

The second piece in our series on Remembering John Webster is by my friend Matt Crutchmer. One of the more treasured bits of inheritance I’ve received is my mother’s old Book of Common Prayer, given and inscribed to her “Whitsunday,...

/ May 27, 2016
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Divine Attentiveness and Self Forgetfulness

The first memorial piece for Dr. John Webster comes from Joshua Malone, a former student of his. Upon recollection, two qualities of the man, John Webster, stand out in my mind: a passion for our triune God and a forgetfulness...

/ May 27, 2016
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Remembering John Webster (1955-2016)

Earlier this week Dr. John Webster, professor of divinity at St. Andrews University, died. For the next few days, we will be publishing pieces by friends, former students, and appreciative readers of Webster explaining what they learned about God from...

/ May 27, 2016

“Trials are Precious”

Going to interrupt our Trump coverage for a moment to share this video. On December 8, my dad suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a drug complication to treat some blood clots in his lungs. He had emergency brain...

/ May 6, 2016