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

March 16, 2018

On a recent trip to New York City, I found this gem buried in the stacks at the Strand Bookstore: The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The sermons in the compilation span about a decade from 1928 to 1939. The final sermon in the book was preached in November of 1939, just a few months before Bonhoeffer was forbidden to speak in public by the Nazis. I want to quote some portions of a sermon that relate to how a… Read more

March 14, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        Stephen Hawking has died. [BBC] When will we stop killing humans with Down syndrome? [WP] Balkrishna Doshi is the newest winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, known as the Nobel for architects. [NPR] Today’s Skyscrapers Assault the Skyline and the Street [Am Con] “Then came the 2016 election.” A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches…. Read more

March 8, 2018

One of my favorite N.T. Wright books is on a major Kindle sale ($1.99 when I published this). It’s called Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.  If you’re interested in learning more about “heaven” and how God’s promised future ought to impact your life in the present, I would recommend this book! It does an excellent job dismantling some of our typical misunderstandings of the age to come and helps you reimagine the significance… Read more

March 7, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        Cosmic dawn: astronomers detect signals from first stars in the universe. [Guardian] A generation emerging from the wreckage. “It’s not that the students are hopeless. They are dedicating their lives to social change. It’s just that they have trouble naming institutions that work.” [NYT] Jordan Peterson’s gospel of masculinity. [New Yorker] Joy’s Mysteries: on Christian Wiman’s new poetry… Read more

February 28, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        “‘Dad style’ is now in fashion. Yes, even the jeans.” [WSJ] The boys are not alright. “America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us.The brokenness of the country’s boys stands in contrast to its girls, who still face an abundance of obstacles but go into the world increasingly well equipped to take them on.” [NYT] Millennials are no more liberal on… Read more

February 23, 2018

This is Part 2 in a series of posts exploring the question “Should all Christians become vegetarians?” In Part 1, I tried to lay the foundation for why this question is one that Christians, particularly American Christians, ought to take seriously. I concluded the first part with the great quote from Alasdair MacIntyre: “I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself… Read more

February 21, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        A glimpse into the life and times of Salt Bae. [NYT] What “Black Panther” means for Christians. [CT] Does aid do more harm then good? “This is the same Oxfam that recently blamed capitalism for world poverty and set up deck chairs in Trafalgar square to protest against corruption and tax havens. Now the virtue signallers are hoisted on the shard… Read more

February 14, 2018

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        Two (and a half) Lent devotional recommendations. [Patheos] What teenagers are learning from online porn. “It gets in your head,” Q. said. “If this girl wants it, then maybe the majority of girls want it.” [NYT] A recovering sex and porn addict tells all: a review of her recent book. [NYT] Let’s ban porn. “So if you want better… Read more

February 14, 2018

What do you recommend? Several people have asked me for recommendations for Lenten devotionals. Finding a solid devotional for these rich seasons can be a tricky thing. In the past, I haven’t found very many great options… or at least, I haven’t found very many free options that are readily available online (maybe that’s my problem!). In any case, given my line of work, I spend a considerable amount of time each week studying the Scriptures. That being the case,… Read more

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