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December 06, 2016
The Christmas Truce of 1914: Myth and History
On December 24-25, 1914, soldiers on both sides of World War I put down their...
December 03, 2016
The Problems of Writing Biography (Part 2 – Who’s Significant?)
Why are most biographies about men with political and military power? How do we decide...
December 02, 2016
Churches, Chapels, and Desirable Residences
At a recent Sunday service, my church sang the hymn “Come thou fount of every...
December 01, 2016
The Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 7 – a glimpse at the future?)
What does the future hold for corporate evangelicalism?
November 30, 2016
Bringing the Spirit of (Medieval) Santa Back to Christmas
Every Christmas in the yard of a house not far from us stands a manger...
November 29, 2016
Happy New Year!
While 2016 has one more month, the Christian calendar has already entered its new year.
November 28, 2016
Religions Dead and Living
In recent columns, I looked at what happened to a religion heavily focused on hierarchy...
November 27, 2016
The Passion of Martin Scorsese
After literally decades of planning and delay, Martin Scorsese has finally released his film of...
November 25, 2016
Where Did All The Pagans Go?
I have been posting about a source on religion in Wales around 1715 , which...
November 24, 2016
Augustine and Thanksgiving
In Augustine's Confessions, at the end of a discussion of infancy and childhood, there is...
November 23, 2016
Around eighteen years ago, my wife and I drove out into the countryside beyond Louisville...
November 22, 2016
Lincoln’s Thanksgiving: A Call to Gratitude, Humility, and Empathy
In the wake of a divisive election, we should revisit Abraham Lincoln's original 1863 proclamation...
November 21, 2016
Education: What is It?
For a "think tank" of sorts, I find myself writing a white paper on education...
November 18, 2016
Singing the Faith
Western Protestants are familiar with the idea of Christianity as a faith of the book,...
November 17, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s Spiritual Stamina
As the reality of Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat sinks in, as pundits jockey to offer...
November 16, 2016
When Churches Fail
In Eastcheap, near Fenchurch St. in London, stands the medieval church of St. Margaret Pattens....
November 15, 2016
The Problems of Writing Biography (Part 1 – Empathy and Exoneration)
While some of my colleagues here have written excellent examples of the genre, I've never...
November 14, 2016
The Ghosts of Religion Past
When religious systems die or collapse, how do their followers carry on? Historically, such a...
November 11, 2016
Richard Davies and the Word of God
I posted about the autobiography of Quaker pioneer Richard Davies, arguing that this should be...
November 10, 2016
Unexpected Sites of Christian Pacifism: Hacksaw Ridge and Adventism
The new Mel Gibson movie Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of a WWII medic named...
November 09, 2016
I Thought Hillbilly Elegy Was Just about Kentucky
My university—located on a relatively conservative campus in the very red state of Kentucky—was subdued...
November 08, 2016
Election Day Reading Material from The Anxious Bench
Whether you want to read more about the 2016 election - or find something to...
November 08, 2016
Decision Day: An Open Letter on Faith, Hope, Love, and the 2016 Election
While I normally enjoy my Tuesday spot in the Anxious Bench rotation, it did leave...
November 07, 2016
Art and the Work of the People
This moment might seem an uncanny one for finding beauty and common purpose, but John E. Skillen...
November 04, 2016
The Convincement of Richard Davies
I want to recommend a book that is a major source on Christian history. It...
November 03, 2016
The Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 6 – Constructing Modern Evangelicalism)
Evangelicalism's political past and its future after Trump.
November 02, 2016
For Graduate Students Wanting Excellent Job Recommendations (and because I am trying to not think about the election…)
I submitted eight letters of recommendation this morning. I submitted three over the weekend, and...
November 01, 2016
All Saints’ Day and the Stewardship of the Past
If time is a dimension of Creation, then what would it look like for Christians...
October 31, 2016
The Reformation, in Verse
In 2017, we are going to be hearing a great deal about the 500th anniversary...
October 28, 2016
The Nightmare Before Halloween
I love Halloween, and I love horror fiction. One of the most powerful and evocative...
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