Category Archives: spirituality of the church

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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Putting a Point on Christian America


Would the United States possibly consider a bill comparable to the Jewish State proposal of Israel, which includes the following language: The state of Israel is a Jewish and a democratic state. These two values are intertwined, and one does not outweigh the other. We promise equal rights for everyone, regardless of religion, race or… Read More→

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Congregationalism as Constantinianism

Jean McKeown, Charlotte Greenwood, Phyllis Heebner, Dorothy Loper, Fredia d'Auria, Grace Traubel

Peter Leithart wants to add to my work as clerk of session. First, he’s reading a lot of sociologists of religion (would John Milbank approve?) on the capacity of congregations to function like families and provide for members in similar ways: This social capital is not merely intangible. Congregations offer material support to needy members:… Read More→

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If He Responds, “So What?” You May Have Struck a Nerve


Catholic replies has this to say to an inquiry about the many years that saw emperors appoint popes: Q. What do you say to someone who tells you that Popes were appointed by emperors for a long time? How did the Church approve the appointment of a Pope by an emperor? — E.G., Florida. A.… Read More→

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Reading Other People’s Mail


This communication to the most powerful government in the world inspired me to make public one of mine to the most powerful news reporting agency on the planet: May 18, 2005 To the editor of the New York Times: Mark Lilla’s brief for liberal biblical religion in “Church Meets State” is odd for a couple… Read More→

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Why Kuyperians Don’t Like 2k


Michael Sean Winters is reading James Bratt’s biography of Abraham Kuyper and quotes the following assessment of the Dutch statesman: Nowhere did he so minimize the effects of sin as in his assumptions about the macro level of social development. Sometimes – for instance, in his speech against “Uniformity” – he could spy a fearful… Read More→

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The Christian Option


Thanks to last night’s sermon, I heard why John Calvin might encourage contemporary believers living in the United States not to disparage or ridicule Justice Anthony Kennedy (you know, the guy who wrote the majority opinion for legalizing same-sex marriage) but to honor him. From Calvin’s commentary on 1 Tim. 6:1-2: When he enjoins them… Read More→

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Back in the Day with the CRC


James Bratt describes worship and preaching at Eastern Avenue CRC (Grand Rapids, for the uninitiated in Dutch-American Calvinism) during the 1940s: Worship services themselves made modest accommodations to the American world. English services were introduced alongside the Dutch only at the end of World War I, and against the will of even the progressive Johannes… Read More→

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Piling On


So thanks to Matt Tuininga’s critique of Scott Clark and mmmmmeeeEEEEEE, Stephen Wolfe adds to Clark’s and my misery: I think that Matthew Tuininga has made a valuable correction to D.G. Hart and R. Scott Clark who seem to find no social value in Christian sanctification. Would not our conformity to the image of the… Read More→

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With Friends Like These


This caught my eye (from under the bus). Matt Tuininga calls me a friend and I guess that’s supposed to weaken the sting of what’s included: But Scott Clark’s version and Darryl Hart’s version is not the Reformed version. And it is not just their conclusions about religion in the public square that are different.… Read More→

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