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June 04, 2014
To Work Is Not Quite to Pray
St. Benedict has often been (mis)quoted as saying, “Labora est Ora”. Or: “To work is...
April 17, 2014
The Doomsday Machine
My wife and I did not see—and have no plans to see—R.I.P.D., The Lone Ranger,...
March 21, 2014
Social Sin: Who’s Responsible?
Is it possible to take sin seriously when all of one’s collective responsibilities are understood...
March 07, 2014
Religious Experience as an Assault on Autonomy
There's a fascinating discussion going on right now about the nature of religious experience,...
March 06, 2014
In my house, my wife Katie and I are hoping that using consistent, relaxing...
February 28, 2014
Christian Symbolic Action
Regarding my most recent Fare Forward essay, two questions have been repeatedly asked of me....
February 26, 2014
Receiving the Gift of Presence
My first post here at Fare Forward discussed the nature of providing Christlike presence to...
February 25, 2014
The Shortcomings of “Love What You Do”
Evangelical Christians love to cite this widely popular quote by Martin Luther King Jr: “If...
February 17, 2014
I Guess It’s Chocolate
One of the misconceptions that recent literature on religion tries to take down is...
June 20, 2013
How Should We Spend Our Goodwill?
The New York Times reports on the controversy over the presence of Christian religious symbols...
June 14, 2013
Cynicism, Passion, and The Onion
I’ve sworn off reading The Onion. It’s not that I don’t appreciate its sardonic wit...
June 04, 2013
On Gratitude and the Essayification of Life
“Tabbing” is what I call my daily practice of scrolling through emails, Facebook, and Twitter,...
May 21, 2013
Worldliness and Anxiety
Walking across Dartmouth’s campus recently I overheard one student say to another: “Hey – you...
May 08, 2013
The Real Case Against the Suburbs, or, How Ought Christians to Think About the Common Good?
Over at Mere O, Keith Miller has been kind enough to respond to a piece...
May 02, 2013
The “New Legalism” Gets Some Things Right
On the Acton Blog, Anthony Bradley argues that "radical" or "missional" Christianity, of the kind...
April 13, 2013
The Elite and the Elect
College decisions season has arrived, and this year, one student took a very public approach...
March 24, 2013
Avoiding Civilizational Hard Ceilings
I recently wrote about an interview I conducted with sociologist Robert Bellah in preparation...
March 23, 2013
Introducing the Sacrallennials
Over at Juicy Ecumenism, guest poster Thomas Holgrave (of the worth-checking-out blog The Hipster...
March 20, 2013
Keep Calm and Contemplate On
“Keep Calm and Carry On”: It’s our culture’s latest mantra. The phrase applies in...
March 14, 2013
The Beast in Its Tracks
I found myself dreading the release of Josh Ritter’s latest album, which is strange, because...
March 06, 2013
“The Bible” and Our Bland Theology
Bible documentaries tend to skew toward the fringe in order to get a high viewership:...
February 28, 2013
What I’ve Learned from Communion
Growing up, my church observed “Lord’s Supper” once a quarter. Every three months, an extra...
February 27, 2013
Consumerism and Tired Christian Criticisms
I just finished reading Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire by William Cavanaugh. Fare Forward readers will be...
February 20, 2013
The Panopticon is Busted
I’m reviewing James K.A. Smith’s new book, Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, for the...
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