I shouldn’t tell you what I gave up for Lent, but the impact on me was so good I’m going to tell you anyway. Hope it’s worth it.
Dana Gioia’s essay, “Christianity and Poetry” in First Things is must reading for understanding Christian faith and Scripture.
Books Noted: Saving Us (Katherine Hayhoe, 2021) and Calvinism for a Secular Age (Jessica Joustra & Robert Joustra, 2022)
Two helpful books. One helps us talk Christianly about climate change and the other helps us think Christianly about all of life and culture.
In Lifting the Veil, poet, priest, and scholar Malcolm Guite restores the imagination to its rightful place in Christian faithfulness.
Book review: He Saw That It Was Good: Reimagining your creative life to repair a broken world (Sho Baraka, 2021)
In this lively exploration of following Jesus with creative faithfulness, a recording artist and activist challenges readers to love God in both truth and beauty.
Article worth discussing: “How to Reach the West Again: Six Essential Elements of a Missionary Encounter” (Timothy Keller)
Tim Keller lists six things necessary if the followers of Jesus are to make the gospel attractive and plausible in our increasingly post-Christian world.
Book review: Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (Kristin Kobes Du Mez, 2020)
A wicked strain of toxic masculinity has long infected White evangelicalism. Jesus & John Wayne traces that sad history.
I admit there are times when I am unloving. But I always have a good excuse.
Two magazine articles on disgust—something that is sadly tearing the fragile fabric of our society—that are worth reading and discussing.
Book Review: Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion & the Problem of Race in America (Michael Emerson & Christian Smith; 2000)
In a carefully constructed study, two Christian sociologists show how White evangelicals are against racism but inadvertently promote a racialized society.