Category: Christian Life

The 12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Day

Thanks to Mere O contributor John Shelton, we have a series of Christmas reflections to share over the 12 days of Christmas. Today’s reflection comes from Ali Kjergaard. But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish....

/ December 25, 2019

Martin Luther, the Rule of Faith, and the Bible

Luther teaches that the catechism holds the entirety of the Christian faith. Even the educated laity and clergy need simple words and short summaries; how much more the simple and uneducated? Actually that’s why Luther thinks the simple need the...

/ December 2, 2019

On Fearing Eternity and Being at Home on Earth

By Gary Benton My hands gripped the pew before me so tightly they ached, as if caught in an over-wrought handshake. I drew in quick, sharp breaths. Though I was careful to keep my head still, my eyes darted wildly...

/ May 29, 2019

Loving Others Theologically

“How dare you?!” You might remember this phrase from Mark Driscoll, one of my early heroes in the so-called “New Calvinism” movement. His growl was aimed at men during a rant about how they misuse women sexually and otherwise. It...

/ July 10, 2018
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Longing and Hope in the Shadowlands

In the opening days of Advent 2015 my dad suffered a traumatic brain injury. It was the result of a drug complication. Dad had been having some issues with blood clots and was due to have a surgery to patch...

/ March 27, 2018

The Grace of Good Questions

Francis Schaeffer used to say that if he had an hour to tell someone about Jesus, he would spend the first 55 minutes of that hour listening. I thought about this a couple weekends ago when I was able to...

/ March 7, 2018

Why I Am Listening to Jordan Peterson

By David George Moore Someone last year, and I can’t recall who, recommended that I watch some of the videos on Jordan Peterson’s YouTube channel. Since my workouts include time on the treadmill, I listen to all kinds of teaching...

/ February 26, 2018
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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