What It Means to Be Enough

It is enough to be made, loved, and redeemed by God. Now if only his people could figure that out.

No, Brainwashing Isn’t a Thing. So I Guess Your Problems Are Your Own Fault.

If anyone could engage in brainwashing, it’s the God of the universe, and he doesn’t. Which probably tells you . . . something.

Kilroy Was Basically Everywhere, at Least until World War II Ended

Kilroy graffiti was something of a liturgy: a ritual that reshaped hearts and minds into parallel forces striving toward the same goal.

Black History Month Roundup, 2021

These contributions are birthed from joy and lament, celebration and sadness, commemoration of the past and considerations of what can be in the future.

We Never Quite Figured out What “Political Correctness” Is, but We’re Still All Pretty Sure It’s a Bad Thing

By the late eighties, though, the American right had discovered political correctness, and—well—that crowd has never met a phrase it couldn’t turn into an insult.

So You Just Found Out You’re in a Cult: A Socratic Dialogue

Wait! Conspiracies happen all the time! Why are people so down on conspiracy theories these days?

Yes, Black America Tried to Tell Y’all

Black Americans have been prophesying to the rest of America about these injustices, because we’ve lived these stories time and again.

A Hidden Life, Patriotism, and a Rightly Ordered Love for America

Love of country is good, but love of country must never supersede love of God, and it’s only by loving God most that we can love our country in the way we should.

Maybe the Real War on Christmas Was the Friends We Made along the Way

The backlash against O’Reilly’s 2004 fabrication of “The War on Christmas” was as swift as his declaration of it to exist.

Boys State, Starring Our Own Malnourished Political Imaginations

We swim in the waters of partisan conflict, and we can hardly recognize that underneath all the posturing, strategizing, and warfare tactics is supposed to be a real vision of human flourishing.

Let’s Make America Truly Great Again: Revisiting Reconstruction

A brief survey of America’s flawed history reveals that during Reconstruction our government has attempted to position itself for greatness in terms of using its power to serve the lowliest in its caste system, formerly enslaved citizens.

Something Wicked, Something Holy: Light and Darkness in Something Wicked This Way Comes

To participate in politics in 2020 seems to be an exercise in fear, like the call from Dark in Ray Bardbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Persuasion 203 BONUS | Interview with Sam Haist

Listen to Hannah’s full interview with Sam Haist in this special members-only bonus episode!

Persuasion 205 BONUS | Interview with Alan Noble

Listen to Erin’s full interview with Alan Noble in this special members-only bonus episode!

Persuasion 205 | Don’t Waste Your Vote

Erin and Hannah wrap up their For God and Country series with a discussion about the power and privilege of voting and a side interview with Alan Noble about the Christian’s call to vote for truth.

Persuasion 204 | Don’t Be So Political, with Kathryn Freeman

Erin and Hannah host Kathryn Freeman for a discussion about whose voices and whose ideas are welcome in the public sphere.