And they’ll know we are Christians by our T-shirt logos

The Jesus-fish trucker hat: for those who can't think of any other way to show the world that they are Christians.

“Make your view of Scripture as high as possible, but not higher.” “Why would one not intervene when somebody gives gullible people sewage to drink?” “You go ahead and use the wisdom from the Bible to work on Kirk Cameron’s marriage.” “The determination to double down on a floundering doctrine is driven by a conviction [Read More...]

Wheaton College, C.S. Lewis & Bad Jackie: On preferring the nightmare to reality

One unappealing possibility is that Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College, is making his clumsy debut as a culture-warrior because he is nothing more than a lying hack. I hope that isn’t the case. I hope he is not simply posturing about Satanic baby-killers to stroke his own pride or to feed his addiction to [Read More...]

When a lack of anger reveals a lack of love

“Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are Anger and Courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” — attributed to St. Augustine Josh Barkey recently highlighted an intriguing quote from Bertrand Russell, warning readers to be suspicious of anger: If an opinion [Read More...]

Ross Douthat’s ‘concern-trolling for liberal Christianity’

There have been a host of excellent responses to what Ed Kilgore accurately calls “Ross Douthat’s latest bout of concern-trolling for liberal Christianity.” Kilgore was not impressed, writing: Instead of lecturing “liberal Christians” about our alleged lack of serious spirituality and advising us on how to put more posteriors in the pews and more money [Read More...]

‘Suburban’ is not the same as ‘theologically conservative’


Let me follow up on one point in the previous post. Over the past, say, 60 years or so, America has become increasingly suburban. Those churches that rose to prominence in city centers have declined in prominence along with their cities, while suburban forms of church have grown along with the suburbs. Ross Douthat’s attempt [Read More...]

‘Hi, I’m looking for a Christian book …’

Ring. “LifeWay Christian Bookstore, how may I help you?” “Hi, I’m looking for a Christian book.” “Well, you’ve called the right place. What’s the title? I’ll see if I can find it for you.” “It’s called The Brothers Karamazov.” “The Brothers …?” “Karamazov. With a ‘K.’ It’s by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.” “Well, let’s see. I’m not [Read More...]

‘Christian bookstores’ and the unsustainable bubble of the evangelical subculture

Some evangelical “gatekeepers” imagine they can still control the boundaries of their subculture and thereby can continue to control the lives and souls and thoughts and imaginations of those within it. Or, if you prefer to put the most charitable spin on it, these gatekeepers imagine they can still guard the boundaries of that subculture [Read More...]

Permission granted, officially


Thinking a bit more about “Maybe God is a better person than you think,” I was struck by the sadness of that situation. It must be an awful thing to believe that God will not allow you to be as loving, merciful and generous as you wish you could be. It must be an awful [Read More...]