In the last chapter of his book, Awaiting the King, James K. A. Smith addresses what he calls our "Godfather Problem." ATK is the third book in Smith's Cultural Liturgies series. It is a fine series worth checking out especially if you're a fan of Charles Taylor - the philosopher, not the shoe guy or the African warlord. … Continue reading our “godfather” problem
"What do you think of Jordan Peterson?" Over the past year I've been asked that question by a surprising number of people. Friends, students, colleagues, believers, atheists, conservatives, and progressives - he's captured the attention and the imagination of a lot of folk. I was even asked by a high school student this summer in … Continue reading pronouns
An athlete is suddenly forced by outside circumstances into a moral dilemma. I'm sure the athlete harbors nostalgic sentiments going back to childhood when the game was just the game and playing it was a simple joy. But these are not simple times. These are times when our games are emblematic of larger and weightier … Continue reading flags
What is a rock worth? Well, it depends. It depends obviously on what the rock is made of. If the rock is made of gold, it will be worth much more than a rock made of limestone. But that doesn't really answer the question of worth in any final way. Gold is not inherently worth … Continue reading utility versus worth
In the mid-1980's Richard John Neuhaus was warning about the consequences of what he called the "naked public square." The naked public square describes a society where religion has been privatized and removed from public discourse. The "public square" has been stripped of anything resembling the transcendent all in the name of "secularism." The most … Continue reading trump in the naked public square
John ends his first letter abruptly. Almost as an afterthought, he adds a post script warning his readers about idols. The NIV encourages us to read this verse out of place by strangely choosing to isolate the last verse of the letter in its own very short paragraph. It gives the verse the appearance of … Continue reading dear children, keep yourselves from idols
In my last post I asked the question: Are you currently living closer to Jerusalem or Babylon? You can see that first post here. I created a short survey with the intention of getting people to think about where they might be living. Before reading any further, if you haven't taken the survey, I'd love for … Continue reading where are you living?