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Fostering Conversations that Count: The Goals of Discussion

Fostering great conversations depends upon having a good understanding of the goal of the conversation. It is a simple principle, really: without a clear understanding of the end, the movement toward the end will be random and chaotic. If it’s...

/ April 9, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: Becoming an Excellent Discussion Leader

While I have blogged a lot about “ideas” here at Mere O, I have very rarely offered the sort of posts that might be viewed as “practical” to anyone. Like most specialties, “discussion” is part art, part science. Good discussions...

/ April 4, 2007

Under Review: Listening to the Spirit in the Text

(Note: I’m republishing this review as I am currently in St. Louis. Normal blogging returns Sunday). On a recent foray into our library, I picked up Gordon Fee’s Listening to the Spirit in the Text. A treasure trove of previously...

/ July 12, 2005

Visions of Exile: Christian Communitarianism, Christian Secularism, and Faithful Presence

How can Christians live faithfully in an ever-changing and increasingly pluralistic world? How can we maintain that faithfulness, both over the course of our own lives and from generation to generation? What sort of formation do we and our children...

/ January 13, 2022

Book Review: Paul and the Power of Grace by John M. G. Barclay

It would be futile to try to hide my appreciation for John Barclay’s Paul and the Power of Grace, and this review will make little attempt to do so. Indeed, it is my recommendation that the reader of this review...

/ December 9, 2021

Trauma, Attachment, and Self-Care: What Everyone Should Know

Trauma. Once a word that solely referred to a physical wound, it is now far more popularly discussed with regards to psychological wounds. One can read dozens of books about trauma and find countless memes floating around discussing it, but...

/ November 12, 2021

Ten Theses on Homosexuality and the Church

I wrote the following to clarify my own thoughts and also to (indirectly) respond to some recent discussions and developments within my own denomination (the PCA). But at present here are my own reflections on homosexuality today as a pastor...

/ November 11, 2021

Suffer the Little Children

It is a hard thing not to love one’s children. It is not hard to resent them, to see them as miscreants or burdens, to think them selfish and base, to find their concupiscence by turns infuriating and repugnant. Neither...

/ November 4, 2021

Punishment and Exchange

It seems to some the very epitome of a “mere” orthodoxy in the worst sense — too juridical for God’s mercy and too arbitrary for God’s justice — even to those who are not in the habit of yielding too...

/ November 2, 2021
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What Is a Smartphone?: A Thomistic Analysis

You understand almost nothing about your smartphone. I can prove it by asking a simple question: what is a smartphone? I suspect you will find difficulty articulating a definition which avoids either tautology or obvious error. But another simple question...

/ October 4, 2021