August 22, 2018

The first thing I should say is that this cathedral is a library. I want you to imagine the stone as the binding and the windows and sculptures as the pages and texts. Each is a book full of knowledge. In our brief time together, I want to help you begin to read them. With something like these words (I paraphrase), Malcolm Miller, the world’s leading expert of the miraculous marvel of medieval stone, stained glass, and genius began my… Read more

May 16, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past few weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera So Andy Stanley preached a controversial sermon. Rod Dreher had some words: Moral Therapeutic Marcionism, to be exact. So did Wesley Hill. I voiced a few concerns of my own. Then Andy Stanley responded to the furor of the evangelical internet saying his critics should be more curious. If you think you hate puns, you’re wrong. [Esquire] (Just remember that puns… Read more

May 11, 2018

Makoto Fujimura’s excellent book called Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life is on major sale as a Kindle book. It’s going for $4.99 right now Mako is a devoted Christian who is also an internationally acclaimed artist, author, and speaker. He is an authority on art and and beauty and its role on cultivating and caring for culture. This book outlines what he means by such a notion. I had the privilege of hosting an event last… Read more

May 11, 2018

In a recent sermon, Andy Stanley, the Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church in Georgia, preached that Christians need to “unhitch” the Old Testament from their faith. I recommend watching the sermon so you can actually know what he says. Things start to get pretty wild around the 33-minute mark and this just ramps up around 36 minutes until the end. Watch it. Read my thoughts below and then let me know what you think! Why does Andy preach… Read more

April 25, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening to the public on April 26, 2018, will become the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence. [Equal Justice Initiative] Should I give… Read more

April 11, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera About the boys: Tim Winton on how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny.  [Guardian] Wes Hill reviews Marilynne Robinson’s newest collection of essays. [CT] Do we really have a ‘self’? A leading behavioral scientist argues the idea of a deep inner life is an illusion. “Our language system is continually generating a flow of plausible-sounding explanations of the reasons behind our… Read more

April 4, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera 50 years ago today, the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Here’s the NYT’s original obituary of MLK. [NYT] We forgot what MLK believed. He was a man of faith but his faith demanded action. [NYT] 1 officer fired, 1 suspended in death of Alton Sterling as police release new videos. Neither officer is charged. If you haven’t watched… Read more

March 28, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera If you only read one thing, read this by Andy Crouch: It’s Time To Reckon With Celebrity Power [Gospel Coalition] Easter is calling me back to church. [NYT] Christianity as default is gone: the rise of a non-Christian Europe. “The new default setting is ‘no religion’, and the few who are religious see themselves as swimming against the tide…In 20 or… Read more

March 26, 2018

Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame is a hero On the morning of March 23, 2018, a man named Redouane Lakdim hijacked a car, killing a passenger and wounding the driver. While driving the stolen car, he fired a gun at a group of police officers who were jogging on their morning run, injuring one. Eventually, Lakdim made his way to Trèbes, a small town in the south of France, where he charged into a grocery store and took hostages. One of… Read more

March 21, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera Three reasons why you should read more poetry. Written by yours truly. [Transpositions] Pulitzer prize winning poet sets his poems to jazz, posthumously. [NPR] Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’: America’s Most Widely Misread Literary Work. [Atlantic] On consciousness deniers: What is the silliest claim ever made? The competition is fierce, but I think the answer is easy. Some people have denied the… Read more

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