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December 29, 2016
Fear No Evil: Christian Witness in a Time of Darkness
A truck plows into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market. Heart-wrenching images from Aleppo disquiet...
December 19, 2016
The Most Influential Theologian You’ve Never Heard of
Who is Josef Kleutgen (1811-1883)? The name is not a household name, except in my...
December 15, 2016
Dispelling Darkness: A Christian Paradox
Tis the season. Christmas music is everywhere. I’m not a complete Grinch when it comes...
December 05, 2016
Indiana’s Other Claim to 2016 Fame
A big day is nearly upon us. Not as big as Christmas, but not small...
November 21, 2016
Education: What is It?
For a "think tank" of sorts, I find myself writing a white paper on education...
October 17, 2016
In the long history of conflict between “Islam and Christendom,” there have been many flashpoints....
October 03, 2016
Pantsuits and Politics
At one point in the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Trump was...
September 22, 2016
An Open Letter to the ESV Translation Committee
I’m not a biblical translator, or even a biblical scholar. I’m a historian. As a...
September 19, 2016
Counting Down to the Reformation at 500
There’s an African proverb, I am told, that goes like this: “If I don’t beat...
September 05, 2016
Birth Advice from Leo Tolstoy
Popular notions about baby-making, religious or not, often have been peculiar. The soon-to-be-in-theaters Warner Brothers’...
August 15, 2016
Trump and Modern Ethical Theory
We are still many weeks away from early November and I’m already wondering if there...
July 18, 2016
Will the EU Go the Way of Yugoslavia?
The Brexit vote, the attacks in Nice, and the attempted coup in Turkey have a...
July 14, 2016
The Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 2 – Defining Evangelicalism)
[You can read Part 1 here if you missed it.] Let’s talk about the...
June 06, 2016
“What Men Foolishly Bring on Themselves”: Why You Should Vote for Someone Good
Samuel Willard (1640-1707), minister at Boston’s Third Church—“Old South”--offered a heady dose of Puritan political...
May 09, 2016
For This I Went To College!
Commencement-address season is upon us, bringing glad tidings about the power of grads—especially young women--to...
April 11, 2016
A Trade Good for Body and Soul: School and Career Choice for New England Puritans
These are days of decision. This span of weeks in April and May can be...
March 28, 2016
On Theology and Wild Boar
This post will not be about Easter bunnies, but it will be about animals. In...
March 14, 2016
The Righteous Sentences of Julia Ward Howe
Nicknamed the “Queen of America” in the nineteenth century, Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) goes often...
February 24, 2016
For Prospective Graduate Students: How to Interview Better
I didn't have to interview for graduate school. I did visit the campuses of my...
February 15, 2016
Remember that you are dust
All of my children got ashes on the forehead before getting washed with the waters...
February 01, 2016
Deciding about College
The season has arrived when many graduating high-school seniors and their parents begin to make...
January 18, 2016
Drawn to the Women Saints
“I am not Catholic, and yet I find myself drawn to the women saints,” admits...
January 04, 2016
Remembering the Massacres of Innocents
Lately, the nation has rightly focused on the jihadist massacres in Beruit, Paris, and San...
December 21, 2015
The tourist arrives in a city like Florence, Italy, ready to gape at the Renaissance....
December 07, 2015
Religious Conviction and “Altruistic Evil”
The murders in Beirut, Paris, and San Bernardino raise many questions, but few are as...
November 23, 2015
You are not still working on that
Though Thanksgiving is rooted in real historical events, intentional misremembering of those events is a...
November 09, 2015
India Today and Hindu Nationalism
After traveling in the United States, G. K. Chesterton famously described America as “a nation...
November 04, 2015
Religion, Secularization, and the Academy
On my campus, there are plenty of signs that religion is not going quietly into...
November 04, 2015
Because a Conference Paper is Usually Just a Conference Paper
I originally published this post last year when I was just a guest blogger. As...
October 26, 2015
The Problem of Inequality–for Puritans
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