The Church of Individualism

Mark Sayers defines secularism as the pursuit of “the fruits of the Kingdom without the King.” It’s a beautifully succinct summary of a culture with a historical amnesia of it’s once-upon-a-time countercultural Christian foundations built to support the social virtues...

/ September 8, 2020
Mere Fidelity

‘Jesus and the Forces of Death,’ with Dr. Matthew Thiessen

When considering his numerous encounters with the ritually impure, many today depict Jesus as a prophet who, in his ministry, was against Jewish laws and purity rituals. However, does this telling of the gospel accounts do justice to Jesus’s handling...

/ September 8, 2020

For the Life of the World: Spiritual Formation and Public Life

Adaptation from Liturgy of Politics by Kaitlyn Schiess Political Responsibility Our political participation is both creational and anticipatory. Humans were commanded from the beginning to bear the image of God in our creative work and rule, and our earthly work...

/ September 1, 2020
Mere Fidelity

Lamenting the Scandal of Jerry Falwell Jr.

Matt, Derek, and Alastair discuss the recent scandal of Jerry Falwell Jr.— former President of Liberty University—and what biblical and theological resources Christians have to view scandals in the church more broadly. Listen in to hear about the corporate implications...

/ September 1, 2020

Southern Guilt, Southern Gospel

“Well, I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt / The beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert. / Then I fumbled in my closet through...

/ August 31, 2020

To Open or Not to Open? A Humble Plea

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in...

/ August 28, 2020

Piercing a Hole in the Heavens

I recently left K-12 school administration to plant a church. Now, when asked what I do, I reply, “I’m a pastor,” which is when things get interesting. Many people have trouble knowing what to say next. Often an individual will...

/ August 27, 2020

American Evangelicalism isn’t patriarchal or feminized. It’s matrilineal.

For many years, researchers have pondered the growing absence of men in conservative Protestant churches, especially evangelical churches. In fact, losing men has been a problem for Christian denominations since the late 19th century, which ushered in the era of...

/ August 26, 2020

Book Review: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Racial injustice has become an unavoidable topic for American Christianity. It challenges all levels of relational unity, from large ecclesial networks to personal friendships. When relational unity is challenged and fractured, we naturally search for the source of the problem,...

/ August 25, 2020
Mere Fidelity

‘An Introduction to Theological Anthropology,’ with Dr. Joshua Farris

What does it mean to be human? Who am I? and Why do I exist? Dr. Joshua Farris—Chester and Margaret Paluch Lecturer for 2019-2020 at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and former assistant professor of theology at...

/ August 25, 2020