September 21, 2019

“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 […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Evangelical Anxiety about Culture

Note from CM: Here is a prescient look at evangelicals and their fear of culture from 2007, from a series of posts Michael did called, “Evangelical Anxieties.” What in the world would he say about where we are now? • • • Monday with Michael Spencer Evangelical Anxiety about Culture Christians always live in a […]

Our Moral Impulses — And Appreciating Our Neighbors’

Peaceable Kingdom (1846) Hicks Note from CM: Sorry folks, but I see I’ve lost the battle today. I feel like the substitute teacher who has no hope of bringing order to the class. Please, either start responding to the points the post makes, or I will close comments for today. Here’s my summary of what […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: The Tactics of Failure

Note from CM: From 2006, this is an edited excerpt from Michael’s diagnosis of why evangelicals are increasingly drawn to the culture war. It’s not, he says, contrary to what the rhetoric wants us to believe: because they have a Jesus-shaped mission to the world, caring passionately about the issues Jesus cared about. No, it’s […]

Damaris Zehner: Evangelizing in a Time of Collapse

Evangelizing in a Time of Collapse Damaris Zehner The Church’s task is to make the Good News attractive and comprehensible to our audience, and that activity changes with time and place. Because what people believe about the world around them will affect how they hear the Gospel, there are two challenges to all of us […]

Culture War Christianity…from the Left

The ELCA claims to be committed to embracing diversity, seen even in Human Sexuality [ELCA Social Statement] as we embrace multiple positions on accepting same-gender relationality as a Christian lifestyle. So also there exist in the ELCA multiple positions on marriage, divorce, relationality, having children, monogamy, polyamory, sexual expression, and relational intimacy. We lift this […]

Demonic Silence?

Paul Wilkinson has a provocative post over at Thinking Out Loud on the subject of silence in worship services. As you know, Internet Monk has long been a proponent of silence as an essential part of a Jesus-shaped spirituality. We have encouraged that people intentionally experience silence both as a personal spiritual practice and as […]