December 28 is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the day the Church remembers and commemorates King Herod’s massacre of all boys two and under after being duped by the wise men. We read about it in the Gospel of Matthew: Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according… Read more

Here is a list of tracks, one from each my favorite albums of 2017 (in no particular order). Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up – ‘If You Need To, Keep Time On Me’ Kendrick Lamar, Damn – ‘DNA’ Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, and Edgar Meyer, Bach Trios – Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights – ‘Appointments’ The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding – Strangest Thing Thundercat, Drunk – ‘Uh uh’ Big Thief, Capacity – ‘Mary’ Sylvan Esso, What Now… Read more

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera Tim Keller answers the question, ‘can evangelicalism survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore?’ Does the word [evangelical], then, have an ongoing usefulness? For now, the answer may be no. These new urban churches are certainly not mainline Protestant, yet they don’t look at all like what the average person thinks of by the term “Evangelical.” Will these younger churches abandon the… Read more

News et cetera                                                                              What’s wrong with the world? I am (and so are you). My personal blog got picked up by Patheos. The baker and the empire. ‘Liberalism won the same-sex marriage battle. Religious conservatism isn’t going away. We all have to… Read more

I am. And so are you. Read more

As a middle-class white kid, growing up in a very white place, I was blissfully and tragically ignorant of the reality of racism in America. The truth is, I was white so I didn’t have to think about it. I was unaware of the historical, institutional, systemic dynamics of racism in America. To my shame, it wasn’t until probably four or five years ago that I began to wrestle through the dark reality of racism in America. In this post, I am offering… Read more

(The top three are ranked, the rest follow no particular order). 1. Bon Iver, 22, A Million This is far and away my favorite album of the year. Justin Vernon has kept himself busy with some cool collaborations over the past few years but this is his first full length album since Bon Iver (2011) and his life altering For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)… and dear “33, GOD” is this album beautiful and haunting. This album is strange in that… Read more

From its very foundation, the American imagination was formed by the so-called inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. This hallmark of what it means to be an American has evolved over the years but this evolution is not synonymous with progress. The pursuit of happiness has mutated into our national obsession with the end result of making us quite unhappy. Perhaps ironically, we Americans should heed the wisdom of two Brits who highlight the doomed-to-fail-project of the American obsession… Read more

An excerpt from Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000), pages 16-18. One aspect of the world [an atmosphere, a mood in opposition to the kingdom] that I have been able to identify as harmful to Christians is the assumption that anything worthwhile can be acquired at once. We assume that if something can be done at all, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Our attention spans have been conditioned by thirty-second commercials…. Read more

Below is most of the first chapter from Thomas à Kempis’ Imitation of Christ, a classic book in Christian spirituality. My favorite line is this: “Yet whoever wishes to understand fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that of Christ.” We cannot really know Jesus unless our life takes the shape of the life of Christ. “Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth ‘He who follows Me, walks not in darkness,’ says the Lord. John… Read more

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