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August 26, 2013
THE HOLY FAMILY IN EGYPT
As will be obvious from my recent posts, I am very interested in Egypt’s role...
August 25, 2013
IDLE TALES AND EMPTY SLANDERS
I am rethinking my attitude to paranoia. For many years, I have written on the...
August 23, 2013
With all the turmoil faced by modern-day Egyptian Christians, I hope it doesn't seem inappropriate...
August 22, 2013
Campus Ministry, Race, and Affirmative Action
We here at IVCF have a spiritual legacy that over the years has sort of...
August 21, 2013
“Welcome to the Multicultural Church”
Follow.Jesus.2013’s final meeting, a Sunday morning church service, was striking. It followed a Friday evening...
August 20, 2013
Rod Dreher’s Little Way of Ruthie Leming
I recently read Rod Dreher's remarkable book The Little Way of Ruthie Leming. My expectations for the...
August 18, 2013
THE CRISIS OF EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANITY
This past week has been horrible for Egypt’s Christians. I offer this quote from the...
August 16, 2013
THE FATE OF THE PATRIARCHS
Once upon a time, the Alexandrian Patriarch Mark was visiting a provincial Egyptian city called...
August 15, 2013
Continuing in the vein of last week's post on liberal Protestantism, I recently got my...
August 14, 2013
Surveying Church History
This fall, I am teaching the most pedagogically challenging course of my short teaching career. ...
August 13, 2013
The Bible, Slavery, and Sin
I have been reading Molly Oshatz's thought-provoking new book Slavery and Sin: The Fight against Slavery...
August 12, 2013
SHENOUTE AND THE GNOSTICS
I described the Egyptian monk Shenoute and his fierce wars for orthodoxy in the fourth...
August 11, 2013
The Egyptian abbot Shenoute is one of the major Christian figures of Late Antiquity. He...
August 09, 2013
SHENOUTE THE GREAT
Who’s the odd man out: Ambrose, Patrick, John Chrysostom, Leo the Great, Shenoute? All were...
August 08, 2013
What’s Present is Prologue to the Past
Jennifer Schuessler at the New York Times introduces cutting-edge historical scholarship to the masses. Last...
August 06, 2013
Do Christian Kids Need Christian Education?
This week's post comes from the Anxious Bench archives. It is part of the new Patheos...
August 04, 2013
Here's a trivia question. Who wrote the first ever commentary on a piece of Christian...
August 02, 2013
VALENTINUS THE EGYPTIAN
Early Egyptian Christianity had a strong non-orthodox strand, if that “Gnostic” current did not actually...
August 01, 2013
End Hymnal Wars
Never agree to serve on a hymnal committee. First of all, if your church (like...
July 31, 2013
The Religion of the 1950s
In American memory, the 1950s are often portrayed as a mundane, picturesque prelude to the chaotic,...
July 30, 2013
Bible Wars and the Origins of the Term “Inerrancy”
Over at The Gospel Coalition, Andrew Wilson recently wrote a piece called "Why I Don't...
July 29, 2013
BASILIDES AND THE BAPTISM
I was discussing the theory that the oldest level of Egypt’s Christianity was very different...
July 28, 2013
THE EGYPTIAN MYSTERY
I recently described the extraordinary position that Egypt held in early Christian history, when the...
July 26, 2013
It’s grim to watch recent developments in Egypt, as the nation’s Coptic Christians face growing...
July 25, 2013
Cold, Tired, and Single in Zion
One of my favorite things about spending several summers in Utah was enjoying an extra...
July 23, 2013
The Strange Career of the Antimission Baptists
I recently wrote about "Calvinism and the Roots of the Missionary Movement," in which I...
July 21, 2013
THE ICON OF THE MAGDALENE
Grace Cathedral in San Francisco is one of my favorite religious structures in the US,...
July 19, 2013
I have been writing about changing concepts of the Biblical canon, my point being that...
July 18, 2013
The Jesus Movement
It's hard not to like the Jesus Movement, but until recently, there wasn't a good...
July 16, 2013
The Long History of the Religious Right
Ever since so many of them embraced the Reagan Revolution during the 1980 election cycle,...
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