June 6, 2020

Steve McFarland: Hugs For Mrs. Hardesty

Hugs For Mrs. Hardesty by Steve McFarland My neighbor told me a story the other day that made me think. Really think. This story has nothing to do with education and everything to do with how we think about the more important school called life. I want to introduce you to Mrs. Hardesty. Mrs. Hardesty […]

The honeymoon is over (thankfully)

The honeymoon is over (thankfully) by Michael Spencer The honeymoon of President George W. Bush was, as political honeymoons go, better than average. The removal of the Arkansas mafia from the Presidential premises brought sunshine, light and a blissful soundtrack of patriotism into an office that had become more famous for DNA and cigars more […]

Is school out for Baptists?

Is School Out for Baptists? Southern Baptists consider the benefits of dropping out of public schools by Michael Spencer “Contemporary Christianity in America has become a self-absorbed culture of protection against everything that is deemed threatening while embracing every consumer driven gimmick that comes along.” – Steve McFarland “If Baptist parents were to comply with […]

Don’t know much about History

Don’t Know Much About History Postmodernism turns off the History Channel At least once during any year, those organizations that attempt to monitor the effectiveness of American education send forth an alarm about the appalling state of some aspect of our school system. We’ve discovered that monkeys in Madagascar do better than our middle schoolers […]

Why Do They Hate Us?

Why Do They Hate Us? Evangelical Christians are almost universally disliked. Is there a good reason? (2002) I don’t really know why someone thought it was necessary to do a poll to see just who were the most disliked groups in society, but the results are in. While serial killers and IRS agents still come […]

I Hate Theology

I Hate Theology Give the lawyers the day off — It’s the theologians’ turn to be the scum of the earth The moment of truth There is a moment in every torrid romance when things go badly, the magic vanishes, and one looks at the former object of desire in an entirely unsympathetic way. It’s […]

Eric Rigney: The Good Spell of Harry Potter

The Good Spell of Harry Potter by Eric Rigney Last summer I was traveling with a friend of mine, listening to the radio, when NPR broadcast a short feature on the Harry Potter books and the rapidity with which children were reading them. Being that NPR is a news organization, the producers dutifully dug up […]

Wretched Urgency II: My not-so-guilty pleasures

Wretched Urgency II: My Not-So-Guilty Pleasures In which I disagree with John Piper and defend goofing off. by Michael Spencer Note: The original “Wretched Urgency” was an essay dealing with how a fundamentalistic concern for evangelism created a spirituality of misery. This essay looks at the inability of some Christians to enjoy life’s ordinary gifts […]

Our problem with grace

Our Problem With Grace Sweat. Hand-wringing. “Yes, but…” by Michael Spencer Q. 1. What is your only comfort, in life and in death? A. That I belong–body and soul, in life and in death–not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for […]

The glory of the nations

The Glory of the Nations How Common Grace Redeems Nationalism by Michael Spencer My friend Mark is a soldier. A Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he, in his own words, was “proud to be a Marine at a time my country needed […]