Wrongful: A Story of Injustice Overturned

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  My interview with Ndume Olatushani shook my faith in our justice system. But I found that my own attitude represented a larger problem. I met Ndume Olatushani on an uncharacteristically warm day in February. He drove up in a gold sedan, rolled down the window, and invited me to get in. He needed to drive a few miles up the road and pick up some of his art that had been on display at a gallery. I could go with him. Before getting in his car, I hesitated.The man … [Read more...]

The Economy of Desire

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In The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer admonishes Christians who have bought into the theology of “cheap grace.” Bonhoeffer describes cheap grace as “the grace we bestow upon ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession.” In Bonhoeffer’s view, the heresy of cheap grace is founded on a false separation between faith and obedience: “...we must never forget the indissoluble unity of the … [Read more...]

Millennial Presumptions

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Rachel Held Evans’ latest post at CNN's religion blog has stirred up controversy in just the way RHE knows how to do so well. See here and here for some reactions. Part of what’s challenging about her piece (and all her writing, really) is that it contains a lot of truth. In her comments on liturgy, authenticity, and a broader Christian cultural-political mandate, RHE offers or, at least, approaches some important insights.  The merits of some of her points have not been fully appreciated by some … [Read more...]

Public Christianity and Faithful Institutional Presence

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This weekend I had the privilege of gathering with a group of Fare Forward writers and readers on the (honest and truly) sublime Maryland coast to consider the subject of “Public Christianity in the 21st Century.” While the weekend’s conversations spanned topics from gender to post-modernism to Korean birthday customs, a thread that stood out to me was the concept of “institutional thinking” introduced to the group by Adam Myers, a current student at Yale Divinity School. His presentation focused … [Read more...]

Two Responses to Andy Crouch on Institutions

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Editor's Note: As regular blog readers will have seen yesterday, a big topic at the recent Fare Forward symposium was the the Christian vocation to be faithfully present in institutions. Coincidentally, noted Christian public intellectual Andy Crouch published at the same time a piece on institutional life in Christianity today. Based on whether you like to talk about institutions or not, this timing was either something providential or a bit more sinister.  Either way, we thought it provided a g … [Read more...]


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