Can There Be Mercy in Trump’s America?

Early last week our president, when responding to a sheriff’s comment about a member of a violent immigrant gang, said that:

/ May 21, 2018

Health and the Power of the State

By Daniel Hindman Over the last several years, public health has become sexy. It wasn’t always this way. Prevention was boring. Who, besides your dentist, gets passionate about tooth brushing and fluoridation of the water supply? We joke every New...

/ May 15, 2018
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Sola Scriptura and Tradition: Friends or Foes?

By Matthew Emerson There are some colloquial ways that evangelicals of all stripes talk about doing theology. Phrases like, “give me chapter and verse,” “the Bible says it so I believe it,” and “the Bible tells me so” abound in...

/ May 14, 2018
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Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 9

Derek, Matt and Alastair read Book 9 of Augustine’s Confessions, which includes the vision at Ostia and Monica’s death. If you’re interested in supporting the show financially, you can check out our Patreon here. Finally, as always, follow Derek, Andrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized brilliance. Thanks to Timothy...

/ May 9, 2018

On Paige Patterson’s Missing Link

By Brian Mesimer Paige Patterson’s comments on handing abuse in a Christian relationship are concerning. Spoken at a conference in 2000, they were recently rediscovered by Jonathan Merritt in a Washington Post expose. For clarity’s sake, I will reproduce the...

/ May 9, 2018
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Stanley Hauerwas: Modern American Puddleglum

By John Shelton The scene is despairing: four adventurers have lingered far too long in a subterranean city. Slowly, under the enchantment of an evil witch, they have begun to forget that there is life beyond the cavern she rules...

/ May 8, 2018

“Avoidance Is Not Purity”: An Ode on the Pence Rule

By Eric Hutchinson “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”–King Solomon

/ May 7, 2018

On the Pence Rule

In Hannah Coulter Wendell Berry tells the sad and predictable story of the divorce of Marcus and Margaret Settlemeyer. The two marry after finishing school at the University of Kentucky and quickly move to Louisville to get work as teachers, both...

/ May 3, 2018
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Mere Fidelity: Matt Chandler, on Christian Courage

Matt Chandler joins the show to discuss his new book (with David Roark) Take Heart, and on the need for Christian courage in a post-Christian world. If you’re interested in supporting the show financially, you can check out our Patreon here. Finally, as always,...

/ May 1, 2018

On Doubting Well

It is not uncommon, especially in the modern world, for Christians to go through periods of doubt concerning the the existence of God, the inerrancy of the Bible, or the particulars of a Christian doctrine. There are many helpful guides...

/ April 26, 2018