Andy Crouch’s Favorite Letter

I recently read Andy Crouch’s new book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, a winding book on culture and how Christians can be cultivators of culture. Andy’s favorite letter is “C” — and he’s got more C’s in this book than any book I’ve seen. But, he’s not being cute. The C’s are genuine and they [Read More…]

What can we do?

We ask this question: If it is the case that American military personnel tortured those in GTMO, and this piece from The Washington Post shows that torture occurred, what can we do? To whom do we write? The Obama Administration will be challenged both to acknowledge such cases and respond to the justice issues. The [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 54

Take your lunch break with us today and contemplate the meaning of the word gospel. If Ephesians emphasized the word “peace,” Philippians emphasizes “Christ.” These are not alternatives but different ways of saying the same thing: the “peace” of Ephesians is the union of Jews and Gentiles in Christ and the “Christ” of Philippians is [Read More…]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 2

George Eliot was Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880), and a famous novelist. She is the subject of David Hempton’s first study in how artists struggle with the evangelical faith ( Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt ). Eliot’s most famous novels were Adam Bede, Silas Marner, and MIddlemarch. Hempton focuses on two major writing [Read More…]

Babies and Economy

Just saw this … what do you think? Any responses? Forget about cutting back on cable and pricey cappuccinos. For some couples, a shaky economy means putting plans to grow or start a family on hold. The economy is a leading source of worry for many Americans, with 80 percent saying they feel stress about [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 53

Our next two references to “gospel” in Philippians are found at 1:12 and 1:16. Here they are in context: 12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard  and to everyone else [Read More…]

Sacred Attunement

 I have a number of favorite Jewish writers, including may favorite essayist Joseph Epstein. When it comes to the depths of spirituality, very few plumb the depths in their own way like Abraham Joshua Heschel and his two-volume set The Prophets has no rival. As a seminary student I was stunned into thoughts and ponderings [Read More…]

Watching 24?

Are there any good reasons, and what might they be, for a 55 year old like me to begin watching 24? What is the big idea of 24? What are your favorite features of 24? What kinds of conversations does 24 create for you? [Read more…]

Obama and Foreign Relations

Victor Davis Hanson, a philosopher of international relations from a neoconservative viewpoints, queries if the optimism about Obama and international relations is more hooplah and than reality. Here is an excerpt of his piece: There is great hope that President-elect Obama will change the course of U.S. foreign policy, create far greater goodwill toward America, [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 52

Of the prison epistles Paul writes, Philippians has the most references to “gospel.” It is one of the central themes that hold this letter together. 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from [Read More…]