Category: Culture

Reveling and Wrestling Through ‘The Heart of Man’

It’s a docu-drama that wraps a handful of deeply personal interviews around a sincerely affecting retelling of the story of the prodigal son. Watching the movie on a whim, without any prior context, I was...

/ April 18, 2018

Three Views on Tax Reform

With Tax Day nearly upon us–and a couple months removed from a significant tax overhaul in this country–I am reminded of the fascinating book I read at the start of this year: Arnold Kling’s “Three...

/ April 13, 2018

The Sin of Samwise Gamgee

When Gandalf first speaks to Frodo about Gollum, once called Smèagol, Frodo has nothing but disgust. What he knows about the creature comes from Bilbo, and it is all loathsome. “I can’t believe that Gollum...

/ April 11, 2018

The First Time Martin Luther King Saw the Power of Nonviolence

After the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963—an act of terror that killed four young girls during Sunday School and injured 22 others preparing for the church’s youth day—Martin Luther...

/ April 5, 2018

How Did Martin Luther King Deal with Constant Threats?

Martin Luther King, Jr., was the subject of constant threats. Because of his position as the de facto leader of the civil rights movement, it is perhaps as unsurprising as it is unfortunate that so...

/ April 4, 2018

Miracles, Hell, and Creation—Without God

“Why Earth’s History Appears so Miraculous,” a new piece by Peter Brannen for The Atlantic, spins a mind-bending tale of multiverse mystery and cosmic luckiness. It’s something of a miracle that life on our planet...

/ March 30, 2018

Christian Seder Checklist

Christian seder suppers are growing in popularity–and with good reason. Celebrating Passover and the fulfillment of ancient promises in Jesus Christ is an occasion packed with meaning. How important it is to celebrate both the...

/ March 29, 2018

In Defense of a Christian Seder

At the end of Holy Week, some believers will take part in a Christian seder supper. This is a growing trend among Christians because the event is so deeply meaningful, because it reminds us of...

/ March 28, 2018

Plain, Honest, Straightforward Men

The challenges of our time wear people down like waves eroding shoreline. Surely, the same is true for all people at all points in history. The specifics of the difficulties change, but their existence and...

/ March 23, 2018

Understanding Syria on Another Anniversary of War: A Brief Reading List

Today marks the eighth year of the war in Syria. The conflict has produced some of the worst destruction and the most displaced people of any conflict in decades. It is the worst war, for its...

/ March 15, 2018