November 22, 2019

This is Part 3 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. In Part 2, I tried to outline a biblical theology of creation in order to help locate ourselves in the biblical metanarrative. We ended with the observation that the first sinful act – the transgression that led to human death… Read more

October 29, 2019

I had the opportunity to hear Bon Iver in concert a couple weeks back. 33, “GOD” was one of my favorite songs of the set and it is my favorite song from his previous record 22, A Million. It is one of the songs I have listened to the most the past three years – easily dozens of times. After hearing it live, I decided to revisit the song. I think it’s one of the songs that is most representative… Read more

July 18, 2019

Adjacent to signs for a smattering of Democratic senators with presidential ambitions, a neighbor of mine has this sign planted in their front yard: “Vote Blue No Matter Who!” Perhaps this would be saying something in some quarters but I live in a city that is overwhelmingly blue. Since 1964, Washington, DC has had a mere three electoral votes and never once has a Republican candidate received one. Apart from signaling their political leanings to loads of neighbors who, by and… Read more

November 28, 2018

Hands down, my all-time favorite book to read during Advent is Malcolm Guite’s anthology of poetry Waiting on the Word. Malcolm is an English Anglican priest and poet who serves as Chaplain of Girton College at Cambridge University. This collection offers a poem with the corresponding commentary for every day of the Advent and Christmas seasons. The selections of poetry span classics from the English literary and spiritual tradition as well as lesser known but excellent contemporary poems and poets…. Read more

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

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