When SoulCycle Is Your Religion

Caught this from a shocking New York profile of the SoulCycle phenomenon, the exercise company know for “spinning” and for religious devotion to its customers. Don’t believe me? Read the article and sections like this: “I would do anything that I could to afford these rides,” says 27-year-old Jaime, who often takes thirteen classes a week (estimated [Read More...]

The Banality of Amorality: An Essay On the Hobbit

So here we are: The Hobbit is officially out. I haven’t seen it yet, but the hour draws nigh. I can’t wait. I recently saw a few films that reminded me of the power of Tolkien’s tale, which traffics in good and evil and other such outmoded concepts. It’s nuanced, but it’s stubbornly traditional in [Read More...]

Stanley Fish on the Drama of Redemption

In a moving and surprisingly orthodox (even evangelical) piece on the downturn called “Faith and Deficits,”  literary theorist and anti-foundationalist Stanley Fish of Florida International University offers the following words on debt and forgiveness: “The same message, of debts forgiven before you ask, is delivered (with less cheer) by George Herbert’s great poem, “Redemption,” a [Read More...]

Dever and Packer on the Importance of Penal Substitution

The following quotations are from the latest Crossway “Book Report” (HT: JT). They include very helpful statements. Of course, these statements only scratch the surface of the topics covered. If you want to read more about the current state of atonement theory and the biblical case for penal substitution as the central motif of New [Read More...]


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