RIGHTEOUS ENEMIES

I just returned from a visit to Italy. Traveling in Europe can often be depressing, even heartbreaking, if you know the modern history, especially of the World War II years. Italy, though, offers quite different themes, which are still not as well known as they should be. It’s an inspiring story. I don’t want to [Read More...]

A CATALOGUE OF SECTS

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I recently posted about using visual materials to tell religious history. Some of the most useful images are the really hostile cartoons and satires. Not that you expect these to be in any sense fair and balanced, but they do give an idea of the issues at stake in the polemic of the time. They [Read More...]

Mormons and Race

Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new, detailed statement on “Race and the Priesthood” on its “Gospel Topics” website. For those unfamiliar with the topic, during Joseph Smith’s lifetime the church ordained a number of black men into the priesthood, an expected progression for any male member of the [Read More...]

International Evangelicals and Cold War Non-Alignment

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

In the mid-twentieth century the world underwent geopolitical reorientation. Decolonization carved the imperial-colonial divide into a new landscape, and World War II left only two major superpowers: the Marxist Soviet Union and the liberal democratic United States. Once allies against Nazi Germany, ideological differences rapidly turned them into foes. Each side began to “recruit” allies [Read More...]

The Virtues of a Free (Christian) Press

In my time writing for WORLD magazine, one thing I have learned is that people don’t like being the subject of negative press coverage. This shouldn’t be a surprise, of course, but still it has been revealing to see how often coverage of controversy generates complaints from representatives of the person or ministry in question. Were I [Read More...]

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

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Wonderful news! Some months back, I posted about the evocative early Christian remains of the Vale of Glamorgan, in South Wales, around such very early centers as Llantwit Major and Llancarfan, which date back to the fifth and sixth centuries. Little did I know that, even as I wrote, archaeologists were making astonishing finds at [Read More...]

PICTURES WITHOUT WORDS

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I recently attended an outstanding conference at Gordon College on the upcoming celebration of the fifth centennial of the Reformation in 2017 – the half millennium. I’m not going to summarize the Gordon event here, but a project occurred to me, or rather a challenge. Suppose you had to describe an event like that, but [Read More...]

Advent Music

I love Advent hymns. My mother was always adamant that Christians had no business singing Christmas hymns prior to at least Christmas eve. We only have four Sundays on which to sing Advent hymns, so there’s no musical reason — and no theologically sound reason — to rush past our season of hopeful expectation. Well, [Read More...]

Plagiarism, Personality-Driven Leadership, and the Problem With Evangelicalism

George Whitefield

Update: New developments in the Mefferd-Driscoll storyline can be found over at Warren Throckmorton’s blog post, “Janet Mefferd Removes Evidence Relating to Charges of Plagiarism Against Mark Driscoll; Apologizes to Audience.” Updated 12/4/13 @ 5:14 pm EST The recent dust-up within evangelical circles over accusations of plagiarism highlights one of the problems with the personality-based [Read More...]

Why Homeschool?

My wife and I are not exactly fire-breathing homeschool zealots. Homeschooling is not for everybody, and we have friends in Waco whose kids do just fine in public and private schools. But for us, and for many paleo evangelicals and their fellow travelers, the advantages of homeschooling are quite compelling. Recent reports have suggested that the [Read More...]


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