September 21, 2020

Let’s discuss…abortion

Let’s discuss…abortion * Update: I will cut off comments at midnight tonight for this post. * Note from CM: I will try to moderate this closely today. The “pro-life” (anti-abortion) movement has become invigorated since the election of President Trump in 2016, and many Christians support him largely on this basis. They cannot even conceive […]

JMJ: The South Shall (not) Rise Again!

Ramblings: The South Shall (not) Rise Again! By J. Michael Jones Mike writes at his blog J. Michael Jones • I am a product of the south. There are many things that a true southerner should be proud about…our Confederate history, not one of them. The code name that we southerner’s like to use for […]

Racism: One Tragic Outcome of Misunderstanding Grace

• Traditional Western Christian theology has not always served us or our world well. As a particular example of this, I would refer to our accepted understandings of “grace” and its implications. The debates between medieval Roman Catholics and the Protestant reformers focused on the nature of grace as it applied to individuals and their […]

John Fea on U.S. evangelicals and a sorry history on race relations

Today, I would like to direct your attention to John Fea’s overview of American white evangelicalism’s history of entanglement with racism. Fea is Professor of American History at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 2002. His current book is Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (Eerdmans, June 2018). READ: How […]

Klasie Kraalogies: On Racism, Apartheid, and the demons within (Part 2)

On Racism, Apartheid, and the demons within (Part 2) By Klasie Kraalogies We are not born racist. But, as we are molded by family, religion, culture and society, one can almost state that in most cases, racism is absorbed along with our sugary breakfast cereal. In my own case, I was much more exposed to […]

Klasie Kraalogies: On Racism, Apartheid and the Demons Within (Part 1)

On Racism, Apartheid and the Demons Within (Part 1) By Klasie Kraalogies (Before I start, let me state this: I am addressing racism as the issue I, and most people of European origin are familiar with, and rightly accused of. I am not speaking of other racisms. Those certainly exist, and are nefarious, but it […]

“Getting the Great Big Kick”

“This isn’t how most people think they’re going to finish out their work lives,” said Richard Johnson, an Urban Institute economist and veteran scholar of the older labor force who worked on the analysis. “For the majority of older Americans, working after 50 is considerably riskier and more turbulent than we previously thought.” • quoted […]

David Bentley Hart on Capitalism

David Bentley Hart on Capitalism Whatever else capitalism may be, it is first and foremost a system for producing as much private wealth as possible by squandering as much as possible of humanity’s common inheritance of the goods of creation. But Christ condemned not only an unhealthy preoccupation with riches, but the getting and keeping […]

Let’s Discuss: Some IM Statements about Culture

Let’s Discuss: Some IM Statements about Culture Here are some thoughts about Christians and their relationships with the culture(s) around them, especially here in the U.S. We eagerly await your responses and discussion. • Does the gospel change the way you look at the people the culture war tells you to fear and dislike? • MS […]

Fr. Freeman: What kind of community fosters virtue in its members?

Father Stephen Freeman is doing a timely series of posts on “virtue” at his blog, Glory to God for All Things. In one piece, “A Crisis of Virtue — The Good that We Need,” he reflects upon lessons from C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, the early church, and experiences in his own family to remind us […]