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September 23, 2015
Outsourcing Death and Dying in America
This marks my last regularly-scheduled post for the Anxious Bench as the demands of my...
August 26, 2015
Good advice for those who are ABD
From The Anxious Bench Archive. Originally posted October 8, 2014. "It's the good advice that...
July 29, 2015
Why I am (Still) An Evangelical
Here I offer my contribution to the Evangelical Channel's Theme: Why I am (Still) Evangelical....
July 15, 2015
The Problem of Personality-Driven Congregationalism in American Evangelicalism
As the American colonies congealed into a new nation, the founders undertook a "lively experiment."*...
July 01, 2015
Looking Back to Think Ahead: Baptists and Obergefell v. Hodges
A committed evangelical, today I write out of and to my narrower ecclesiastical tradition (Baptist) as I...
May 20, 2015
A Time of Commencement: Religious Liberty
As the end of May approaches, most colleges and universities in the United States have...
May 06, 2015
The Limits of Free Speech?
The moment you limit free speech it's not free speech. ~Salman Rushdie In the wake...
April 22, 2015
Journal Full of Joy
Of the reading of journals, there is no end, and yet much reading of them...
April 08, 2015
Does Christian Liberal Arts Education Have a Future?
A month ago, the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school, which has educated...
March 25, 2015
American Religion in the 1950s
From the Archive. Originally posted July 31, 2013. In American memory, the 1950s are often portrayed...
March 11, 2015
Lone Star Religion
Review of Robert Wuthnow, Rough Country: How Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State (Princeton University...
March 04, 2015
The First English-Speaking, Modern, Overseas Baptist Missionary?
Timelines of evangelical history generally mark 1792 as the birth of the "modern missionary movement."...
February 11, 2015
American Evangelicals’ Global Vision Began in Korea
From the Archive. Originally posted March 14, 2013. Religion that is pure and undefiled before...
January 28, 2015
American Sniper, Blue Bible
Spoiler Alert: In the post below, I disclose some of the details of the plot...
January 14, 2015
The Unintended Consequences of Evangelical Cooperation
Last year, Crossway announced the publication of David Wells’ God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of...
December 31, 2014
The Best of 2014: My Favorite Posts of the Year
Happy New Year's Eve! Yesterday, blogmeister Tommy Kidd graciously posted the top posts from each...
December 17, 2014
Give the Gift of Spiritual Formation and Neuroscience for Christmas
I admit it. I like to go Christmas shopping. I really enjoy finding a special...
December 03, 2014
More than Ferguson
After the St. Louis County (MO) Grand Jury in Ferguson declined to indict Darren Wilson...
November 19, 2014
Evangelicalism and Ecclesiology: ETS 2014
Today through Friday, I am in San Diego, CA, attending the 66th Annual Meeting of...
November 05, 2014
Race, Religion, and Teaching in Prison
The St. Louis County grand jury tasked with determining whether enough evidence exists to indict...
October 22, 2014
Leadership: American Style
Two men, born twenty-six years apart and moving within different circles, followed remarkably similar...
October 08, 2014
Good Advice for those who are ABD
"It's the good advice that you just didn't take." -Alanis Morissette, "Ironic," Jagged Little Pill...
September 24, 2014
How the Federal Council of Churches influenced The Sunday School Times
After twenty-one years of marriage, my wife and I know each other pretty well. We...
September 10, 2014
Re-envisioning Our Public: The Conference on Faith and History 2014
For decades, committed evangelicals such as Richard Pierard, Robert Linder, George Marsden, Mark Noll, Nathan...
August 27, 2014
In Memoriam: Dale A. Johnson (1936 – 2014)
Feeling a vocational calling to teach, I completed all of the graduate school application necessaries...
August 13, 2014
Your Body and God
I recently had the privilege of pre-reading Rob Moll's forthcoming book, What Your Body Knows...
July 30, 2014
Evangelicals and Immigration–1940s Style
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched...
July 16, 2014
African American Texas History in Houston
The best research projects are ones that can reasonably be accomplished. Since I enjoy archival...
July 03, 2014
Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, Part 2
Beginning in the 1970s, evangelical voters significantly influenced electoral outcomes. Throughout the 1980s, they emerged...
July 02, 2014
Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, Part 1
When Marge Simpson forgets to pay for a bottle of rum at the Qwik-E-Mart, she...
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