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April 14, 2015
Should You Pursue a Ph.D.?
I routinely get questions from undergraduate and Master's students, at Baylor and elsewhere, about applying...
April 07, 2015
The Counterintuitive Art of Promoting Books
Everyone seemingly wants to be an author, and most authors want to promote their books....
March 10, 2015
“The Enlightenment” and Its Relevance Today
I am skeptical about "The Enlightenment." It is an ideologically loaded term that implies that...
March 03, 2015
“Woven into the fabric of our country”? Islam in Early America
President Obama created controversy in a recent speech when he asserted that "Islam has been...
February 24, 2015
What Motivates Jihadists?
Over at The Atlantic, Graeme Wood has a fascinating but disturbing piece on the theological foundations...
February 17, 2015
Which Is Better: Small Church or Big Church?
A reader of last week's post took exception to my comparison of large churches in...
February 10, 2015
Secularization and Scotland’s Christian Heritage
One of the most immediate differences from America one notices in the U.K. is how...
February 03, 2015
Ben Franklin’s Calvinist Father
Greetings friends! Writing here from beautiful and chilly St Andrews, Scotland, where we are spending...
January 20, 2015
The Church and Robert Nisbet’s Quest for Community
I recently read Robert Nisbet's classic work The Quest for Community (1953), a challenging and far-sighted...
January 06, 2015
The Church and the Dissolving American Family
A new Pew report has confirmed what we've known was coming for the American family: a majority...
December 23, 2014
George Whitefield’s Christmas, 1739
As we observed George Whitefield's 300th birthday last week, here's a post on his 1739...
December 16, 2014
Happy 300th Birthday George Whitefield!
The day is finally here - the 300th birthday of George Whitefield, the greatest evangelist...
December 09, 2014
Do You Need a Literary Agent?
I routinely get asked about using a literary agent in securing book contracts. Is this...
December 02, 2014
“More a Doctrine than a Person”: Evangelicals and the Holy Spirit
I suspect many a Christian, including many evangelicals, can identify with frustrations J.D. Greear expressed...
November 25, 2014
The Biographers and Jonathan Edwards
Today's post is an excerpt from my essay on George Marsden, Jonathan Edwards, and the...
November 18, 2014
Ben Franklin’s Calvinist Sister
In my Baylor graduate seminar on the American Revolution, we recently read Jill Lepore's marvelous Book...
October 28, 2014
George Whitefield: Bridging the Evangelical and Academic Gap
Today is the official publication date for my book George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father....
October 23, 2014
America’s Spiritual Founding Father
In time for the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Whitefield (pronounced Whit-field),...
October 21, 2014
C.S. Lewis, Public Intellectual
This week's post is a review I wrote of Alister McGrath's C.S. Lewis: A Life, from...
October 14, 2014
Does the Bible Prohibit Revolution?
My graduate students and I recently read James Byrd's terrific Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible...
September 30, 2014
Advice for the Dismal Academic Job Market
Over at Slate, Rebecca Schuman imagines an awkward scenario from a family gathering, which includes a newly-minted...
September 23, 2014
Graduate Course on the American Revolution
This semester I am teaching a graduate seminar on the American Revolutionary Era. As I...
September 16, 2014
The New Birth: A Uniquely American Concept?
Last week at CNN.com, progressive Christian author Matthew Paul Turner wrote a piece about the...
September 09, 2014
How to Survive Graduate School
As a new semester begins, it is a good time to reflect on the practices...
September 02, 2014
Writing a Book, From Start to Finish
One of my newsletter subscribers, Job Dalomba [jobdalomba.com] suggested that I write a post how...
August 26, 2014
Choosing a research topic
Philip Jenkins' recent post on choosing a subject for a book or research project is...
August 12, 2014
A Family Guide to Visiting Philadelphia
There are few better cities in America for a history-themed visit than Philadelphia. We recently...
July 29, 2014
Evangelizing Slaves and Colonial Christianity
I recently read Travis Glasson's excellent book Mastering Christianity: Missionary Anglicanism and Slavery in the Atlantic...
July 22, 2014
Christianity, Violence, and World War I
Our friends at Religion News Service have an excellent profile of two of the best...
July 15, 2014
Five Great Books on Evangelical Christianity
My recent post "'Evangelicals' Who Are Not Evangelicals" generated quite a discussion about who's in,...
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