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May 09, 2018
From Mennonite Pacifist to Marxist Revolutionary
The journey of a Mennonite woman from rural Kansas to international radicalism
April 04, 2018
April 4, 50 Years Out
Fifty years. Fifty years since the shot rang out. Since Martin Luther King Jr. was...
March 08, 2018
Is It Time to Put Away “the Prophetic”?
A few weeks back, evangelical theologian Richard Mouw explained over at Religion News Service why...
November 02, 2017
American Christianity Needs More Sin
Sola gratia. By grace alone. With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Protestants around the...
September 07, 2017
The Roots of a Public Housing Crisis in Cairo, Illinois
We are joined today at the Anxious Bench by Kerry Pimblott, author of Faith in...
June 29, 2017
The Democrats Have a Religion Problem. But They’re Not the Only Ones.
So, you’ve probably heard by now: The Democrats have a religion problem. Historian Daniel K....
June 21, 2017
This Thai Is Not Like the Others
My research on the antitrafficking movement in Thailand primarily tracked American Christian networks. As I...
June 07, 2017
A Farang Scholar in Thailand
It’s good to be back at the Anxious Bench after a spring semester hiatus. As...
December 15, 2016
Dispelling Darkness: A Christian Paradox
Tis the season. Christmas music is everywhere. I’m not a complete Grinch when it comes...
November 17, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s Spiritual Stamina
As the reality of Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat sinks in, as pundits jockey to offer...
August 25, 2016
History, Empathy, and Race in America
In the white paper “Measuring College Learning in History” (a surprisingly good read as far...
June 08, 2016
The Limits of a Narrow Evangelical Advocacy
Today's guest post comes from David Bronkema, Associate Professor of International Development at Eastern University...
January 20, 2016
The Global Context of InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter
Part of InterVarsity’s response to the #BlackLivesMatter controversy has been entirely predictable. In part, the...
January 06, 2016
InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter in Historical Perspective
In the last month, Franklin Graham called for a moratorium on Muslim immigration. Polls seemed...
September 09, 2015
The Biblical Case for Organized Labor
Today's guest post is from Heath W. Carter. He is an assistant professor of history...
June 10, 2015
The Past and Presence of Progressive Evangelicalism
Brantley Gasaway’s new book on progressive evangelicalism opens with a striking story. In 1985 evangelical...
May 13, 2015
Doing Bad to Do Good: Carter’s Race-Baiting Election of 1970
In 1970 Jimmy Carter ran a sordid campaign for governor of Georgia. Courting the support...
April 27, 2015
Show a Bishop some Hospitality
On Monday, April 20, Boston’s Archbishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, visited Gordon College, where I teach....
April 15, 2015
The United States of Freberg
I cringe a bit when my children break into show tunes while in public. Selections...
October 15, 2014
Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice (Part II)
This is Part II of an interview with Brantley Gasaway, author of a just-released book...
October 01, 2014
Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice
I’m delighted to bring you an interview with Brantley Gasaway, who teaches in the religious...
September 24, 2014
How the Federal Council of Churches influenced The Sunday School Times
After twenty-one years of marriage, my wife and I know each other pretty well. We...
September 17, 2014
From “I, Pencil” to “I, Smartphone”: The Moral Limits of the Market
I'm pleased to feature a guest post by my friend and colleague Kevin Brown, an...
April 16, 2014
The stereotypical religious conservative sees social justice, at best, as a distraction from practices of...
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Rock the Desert: Evangelical Activism in Texas and Sudan
In 2001, just one month before 9/11, 32,000 evangelical youth invaded Midland, Texas. Drawn to...
August 21, 2013
“Welcome to the Multicultural Church”
Follow.Jesus.2013’s final meeting, a Sunday morning church service, was striking. It followed a Friday evening...
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