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Church Planter, Change Is Hard. And Good.

To my delight, my almost-2-year-old daughter has developed a love for The Lion King. It means I have an excuse to re-watch what is, for many reasons, one of my favorite movies. The other day, an exchange between Simba and Rafiki stood out to me: Simba: “Looks like the winds are changing.” Rafiki: “Ahh. Change is good.” Simba: “Yes, but it’s not easy.” Good, but not easy. Isn’t that the truth? It’s easy to take for granted the familiar. When the status quo is…
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When Your Patient Is a Mass Murderer

Robert Bowers was still screaming that he wanted to kill Jews when he entered Allegheny General Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. This after he shot and killed killed 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. “He’s taken into my hospital, and he’s shouting, ‘I want to kill all the Jews,’ and the first people who are taking care of him are Jewish,” Jeffery Cohen, president of Allegheny General…

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What 2018 Can Learn from 1943
Books that attempt to assess the legacies of several different thinkers aren’t new or, sometimes, particularly interesting. Far too often the thinkers are haphazardly selected, their thought then analyzed individual-by-individual without shedding new light or establishing meaningful ties among them. Thankfully, Alan Jacobs’s The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis isn’t such a book. Jacobs argues that in the final years of World War II, a group of disparate Christian intellectuals began thinking about what the shape of post-war Europe ought to be; and though they had few personal ties, they all came to…

What 2018 Can Learn from 1943

Our society denies the sources of virtue and wisdom and then expects everybody to be virtuous and wise.

A Secular Shakespeare Scholar on Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve may have fallen, but they will keep rising again.

When a Gay Activist Comes to Jesus

Bennett’s story is one of costly discipleship.

A Significant Root of America’s Racial Strife

We can better understand today’s racial divisions when we remember the Civil War didn’t end political or religious strife.