Beyond Otherness Is Where Friendship Begins

In contemporary U.S. society—as in Twain’s post-Civil War South, as in Le Guin’s 1960s culture war America—our shared humanity is dangerously easy to ignore.

That Time the Church Had One Pope, and Then Two Popes, and then Three Popes

With multiple popes in play, the people could freely listen to whichever pope was convenient for them at the time, sort of like national church-shopping.

Robert P. George, Cornel West and the Gift of Civil Disagreement

If our nation’s leading intellectuals can disagree with each other and still be civil, why can’t the rest of us do the same?

Jesus the Populist, Cosmopolitan Christ

Jesus is more cosmopolitan than many ordinary Americans seem to recognize.

American Evangelicals Need Leaders Like Russell Moore

Russell Moore and the ERLC represent some of the best of what evangelicals can do to represent the life-giving truth of the Gospel.

Saturday Night Live, Donald Trump, & Breaking Out of the Echo Chamber

The Church will have the most robust and faithful engagement with our fallen world when we break out of the echo chamber.

2 + 2 ≠ 5: Finding Hope in 1984

This is what 1984 can offer us: a fuller picture and vocabulary to articulate the brokenness beneath our apathy, fear, and information overload.

School Choice and Communal Responsibility

School Choice means that some kids might get left behind. Are we really okay with that?

Not Home Yet: Finding Solidarity as Sojourners

We forget our own spiritual displacement when we grasp too hard at this world, when we make our “Americanness” the hallmark of our identity.

The Bent Frame of Our History in Eric Metaxas’s If You Can Keep It

Eric Metaxas has written an inspiring book on American exceptionalism. But does he blur the details of history?

Tearing Down the Statue of Liberty

Politically, I came of age in the mid-90s, and I have never forgotten the horror of Rwanda.

The Severed Puritan Head That Traveled the World

Like Oliver Cromwell, people have a tendency to become the things they hate.

The Weight of The Crown & the Work of the Kingdom

We have remembered our kingdom’s crown but have neglected the example of our king.

‘What Has Cast Such a Shadow upon You?’ Reading Benito Cereno after the Election

As my students and I discussed Herman Melville‘s “Benito Cereno” the text on Friday, many of them wept.

Proclaiming a Better Way: Christian Community After the Election

With the election over, we should point to our churches and proclaim a better way that is possible in the gospel.

Changing the Metaphors of Politics

Culture is a thing to be cultivated, not conquered. Let’s change our political metaphors.