Spreading the Faith: Other Paths

Recently, I was writing about issues of mission, migration and religious change. It occurs to me that some polymath should write a global, cross-religious history of mission and evangelism. Yes, I know that last word is Christian, but let’s take it in the general sense of “spreading the good news,” however defined. Historically, I can [Read More…]

Top Ten Bible Verses in Medieval England

The verses we emphasize say a lot about what we believe as Christians. So what were the top verses in medieval Christianity? [Read more…]

The Three Journeys of the Christian Liberal Arts

Over the weekend I gave the keynote address for the annual Honors Symposium at Crown College, a Christian and Missionary Alliance school west of Minneapolis. (Thanks to Michial Farmer for inviting me to speak!) Here’s a slightly abridged version of my remarks. There are many ways we could talk about the importance of the liberal arts [Read More…]

Languages of Command

I posted recently about how people in many (most) societies mix and match different languages, usually in a situation where one language is much more esteemed and respectable than another. Often, the way such languages are used tells you a lot about that society, in terms of social status and prestige, power relations and ethnic [Read More…]

People Like Us

Earlier this year, President Trump complained about the media’s failure to pay due attention to Islamist terrorist attacks, and the administration offered a specific list of such events. In some cases, his complaint was unfair, but the list did include many overseas attacks known only to experts, and largely ignored by media. In turn, critics [Read More…]

Keller and Coulter, Orthodoxy and Heresy

Most of you have no doubt heard about this spring’s Kellerite controversy at Princeton Theological Seminary. At first, PTS decided to award high-profile pastor and prolific author Tim Keller its 2017 Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness. In keeping with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) to which Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian [Read More…]

“What do Eastern Orthodox Christians believe about…?”

As evangelicals pay more attention to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, guest blogger Matt Miller reviews a significant new collection of primary sources from that ancient tradition. [Read more…]

Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Although they were infrequent affairs, formal debates between Christians and Jews sometimes took place in the Middle Ages—even if the deck was often stacked against the Jews. For a research project, I have been reading about two of these: the Paris Disputation of 1240 and the Barcelona Disputation of 1263. The former took place at [Read More…]

Remembering the Armenian Genocide

In the middle of World War I, hundreds of thousands of Armenians died in the first genocide of the 20th century. But some survived — including the grandmother of Chris’ pastor and co-author. [Read more…]

Of Slavs, Slaves, Vikings, and Genetics

I recently had a DNA test to help trace my ancestry, and the result surprised me. The larger story might shed light on one of the grimmest and most forgotten horrors of European history, an era of brutal slave trading. By way of background, my known genealogy is very straightforward indeed. It shows close to [Read More…]