Category Archives: Because Someone Has to Provide Oversight

Not All, Just Some of the Bible

Malachy E. Mannion recites the oath of judgeship as his wife Peggy holds a Bible during his Investiture ceremony as a judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Friday. Michael J. Mullen / Staff Photographer

So 8 out of 10 Americans believe that “following the Bible’s teachings would be good for American society.” And Daniel Darling and Andrew Walker argue that Americans should follow the same divine law that Christians do: Imagine we took the same approach with a different issue—say, crime—that some do with marriage and family policy. What… Read More→

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Maybe He Needs MmmeeeeeEEEEEE


Scott Sauls may have spent too much time with Tim Keller, the author of Center Church, because Pastor Sauls seems to think that he is at the center of Presbyterianism. The reason for saying this is that he admits that he needs to hear from those with whom he differs. Here’s his list: I don’t… Read More→

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Reimagine Humility

Penalty flag on the turf during an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams in Detroit, Sunday, Sept, 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Bethany Jenkins gives us a window into the path to true humility (thanks to our southern correspondent): To live out the fullness of our liberty, though, we must get rid of our arrogant, controlling, slow-to-hear, quick-to-speak, know-it-all spirits. In a 1995 sermon titled “Growth Through Hearing Truth,” Tim Keller highlights three characteristics of a proud… Read More→

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The Answer


James Fitzpatrick has doubts and James Martin’s advice about discernment are not resolving them. The source of these doubts and advice is the 2015 Synod of Bishops. Martin appears to be optimistic about the direction of the Roman Catholic Church: “Discernment,” Martin continues, “is the term used by Jesuits and their colleagues to describe the… Read More→

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Did the Desert Monks Blog?


Pete Enns appeals to mysticism but it sounds like sentimentality and even a tad anti-intellectual: I have come to believe that the life of Christian faith is not fundamentally “rational,” by which I mean faith in God is necessarily trans-rational (not anti-rational) but not “captureable” by our minds. It’s mysterious. It’s mystical. After all, this… Read More→

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The License of Moral Authority


Moral authority is a phrase that some have used to describe Pope Francis’ recent public appearances. For instance, the always insightful historian, Leslie Woodcock Tentler, writes: The longest and presumably most consequential of those addresses was delivered to the joint meeting of Congress. The pope spoke slowly, in heavily accented English, and with an air… Read More→

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Imagine if Tim Read Tim


Would Tim Challies tweak this post on how to lose your zeal for Christ for Tim Keller’s discomfort? Love the world. “How can we be zealous for heaven when our hearts are wrapped up in earthly civic things? How can we lift our spirits heavenward when our minds are weighed down with the cares of… Read More→

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Microaggression Culture

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Conor Friedersdorf on college campus exchanges (worth a read): The culture on display on many college and university campuses, by way of contrast, is “characterized by concern with status and sensitivity to slight combined with a heavy reliance on third parties. People are intolerant of insults, even if unintentional, and react by bringing them to… Read More→

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Having Your Organism and Organizing It Too


Tim Keller devotes several chapters to cultural engagement in his book Center Church. In it he shows that he may have as much time as Fr. Dwight does for reading and reflection beyond sermon prep. Keller sees problems in both the transformational model and 2k, and in his ever constant search for a “third” way,… Read More→

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The Un-Christian Option

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The maker of the videos producing so much outrage about Planned Parenthood conducted an interview with Christianity Today. Among the statements made: How did you get people to talk to you? There have been other undercover videos about Planned Parenthood in the past, so you would think they’d be more skeptical. It’s reasonable to think… Read More→

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