April 20, 2021

Jesus excited to see what happens to him in the Book of Longings. Sorry to have fallen off the podcast routine! We are not at home this week and blithely thought we would be able to record wherever we were and upload it, but that turned out not to be true. We are too technologically challenged to figure it out. That also means the sermon and everything will be along later. Sorry to have ruined everything for the people who… Read more

April 18, 2021

I’m over at Stand Firm today. After attending yet another funeral in the morning yesterday, I came home and hunched over my kitchen counter, absorbed in leftover scalloped potatoes, to be transported by the soaring music, the elegant hats, and the heartbreaking social distancing of a very different kind of burial, that of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. A handful of people—the queen herself alone, sitting far distant even from her family—sat in the perfect stillness of mourning, heads bowed…. Read more

April 16, 2021

Is it Friday? I guess that means some takes. One Beth Allison Barr was interviewed by NPR about her forthcoming book on “Biblical” Womanhood. If the interview is any indication–and why wouldn’t it because it’s her talking about her own book–then what we have is something perhaps as fatuous as the Jesus Seminar of bygone years, whereby Jesus is made into a middle-class American. Anyway, Barr says this at the end of the interview: Conservative evangelicalism has been teaching women… Read more

April 15, 2021

I have an immense treat for you this morning. I happen to have a very clever friend who recently had an email exchange that she’s given me permission to put here–anonymously of course–in illustration of the great big cultural shift that’s going on right now, between what Carl Trueman calls the First/Second Worlds with the new overpowering Third World. These terms don’t refer to the kind of technological development or industry that a country enjoys, but rather the assumptions that people… Read more

April 14, 2021

Me contemplating change of any kind. After not doing anything very exciting for a whole year except for marking one death after another, we’re doing a hundred things all at once. Yesterday morning a clever and knowledgeable person ripped apart our attic bathroom, knowing there was some kind of interesting issues unseen behind the wall, and sure enough, there was evidence of a long-ago fire, and lots and lots of water damage from an inadequately repaired roof. According to the… Read more

April 13, 2021

I have writer’s block. Not because I can’t think of anything to say, but because I’m in that awful world where I have a lot of stuff I could write about–interesting stuff, I think–but for a variety of reasons, I don’t want to put any of it online. Or not much of it. Also, I am slowly working through Carl Trueman’s book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, in tandem with Cynical Theories. It’s taking me forever because… Read more

April 12, 2021

It is an excessively gray day here in the North East, and I have a lot of things to do, but nevertheless, we’ve done a longish podcast going back round through all the Jesus and John Wayne flap of the last week. We explain our motivations, and yet again what it means to be a Christian, and why heresy is cruel, and the difference between that and just being wrong, and why tone does matter. Hope it’s helpful! I don’t… Read more

April 9, 2021

All my Easter Flowers gathered on the kitchen counter. I wasn’t going to blog today because I’m so tired, but the habit is too deep-rooted… One So sad to hear about Prince Philip! May he rest in the light of God’s eternal peace! It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor… Read more

April 8, 2021

Someone tagged me on twitter with this article and because I don’t tweet very well, I will just say one or two things about it here, because blogging is the thing that I like best, though all the world tweets and tweets. It’s by Beth Allison Barr who has a book coming out soon, and it’s called “I knew the truth about women in the Bible, and I stayed silent.” It is full of lines like this: It wasn’t actually… Read more

April 7, 2021

Well, it’s been an exciting week. Not only did my review of Jesus and John Wayne make so many people angry, but Rachel Hollis is busy being canceled for her unrelatability. I must say, it’s so hard to choose between the two, and the other interesting events of the day. But perhaps the most epic thing for me–maybe epic is too exciting a word–is that I have been subtweeted for the first time to my knowledge. I don’t know, of… Read more

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