An invitation to an argument: ’25 Books Every Christian Should Read’


Renovaré has a new book out that seems designed to start an argument. It’s called 25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics, and it’s just what it sounds like — an introduction to 25 classic works of Christian writing, with excerpts from each and short essays arguing for why [Read More...]

Left Behind post left behind

Yeah, another week kind of got away from me there. I apologize for that. We’ll pick up again next week without further prolonging the misery of poor, doomed Bruce Barnes. If you enjoy this song even half as much as I do, then perhaps this video will help to make up for my Trib Force [Read More...]

Satan, Hitler, Antichrist

Some of us use the game “rock, paper, scissors” to decide who has to wash the dishes or pay the bar tab. Some use the game “Satan, Hitler, Antichrist” to decide that Others are intrinsically evil and thus We must be intrinsically righteous. I like “rock, paper, scissors,” in part, because playing it is not [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Sebastian Castellio (via Richard Beck): “On Heretics & Disagreement“ Calvin says that he is certain, and [other sects] say that they are; Calvin says that they are wrong and wishes to judge them, and so do they. Who shall be judge? What made Calvin the arbiter of all the sects, that he alone should kill? [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. [Read more...]

Pocono link-dump


We’re heading to the mountains for a few days to a place with no TV or Internet (this is a feature, not a bug). I’ll be back Sunday evening — hoping to get home in time to catch the Eagles’ next fourth-quarter collapse. So in the meantime, here, in no particular order, are some random [Read More...]

Dueling dogma isn’t dialogue

Another part of my complaint about “debates” like the one we discussed yesterday (on “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion“) is that I think such point-scoring face-offs wind up replacing the conversations that ought to be happening instead. Such debates are framed as having something to do with persuasion, but there’s little reason [Read More...]

Sending Jesus to high school

The TV show I would like to see — on MTV, or the N, or the CW — is simply this: Jesus Goes to High School. I wouldn’t call it that, of course, but that’s the whole idea, no more and no less. The story would work due to the same dynamic that allows those [Read More...]