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What We’re Really Saying

August 1, 2014

What evacuees fail to realize is that religion is inescapable if faith is to be in the plural. Religio (“to bind [together]”) is what happens when a faith is shared in common, across space and time.

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Religious Liberty: Special Interest or Constitutional Right?

July 23, 2014

What will be left of the First Amendment in this brave, new, sexually-liberated world?

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How to Fight Evangelicals with Narrative, Part 2

July 10, 2014

Of course, the term “liberal Protestant” in the Millennial mind means the Mainlines, which conjure up the smell of must, organ bellows, cheap coffee, and watered-down Tang. That’s not hip or energetic enough.

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How to Fight Evangelicals with Narrative, Part 1

July 9, 2014

The story—a kind of anti-testimony, an un-come-to-Jesus moment—makes readers feel like this is a common occurrence, encouraging some while demoralizing others. It might be misleading, and it might even be rhetorical over-reach, but it is an effective strategy.

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Religious Liberty Victories and the Strange Fruit of Sour Grapes

July 1, 2014

Do not miss the dialectic of William James here: religion is really personal and individualistic. Everyone is free to make religion into whatever they “feel.” All is negotiable otherwise….

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Pope Tells Mafia to Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

June 25, 2014

“This evil must be fought against, it must be pushed aside. We must say no to it,” Francis declared, “Our children are asking for it, our young people are asking for it. They are in need of hope and faith can help respond to this need.”

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Reformed Episcopal Church Holds 54th General Council

June 16, 2014

“The REC was intended to be the restored episcopal church. It was to be the cause of the revivification of the Anglican Communion, which we now pursue, even in our own small way.”

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Nicaea 2025?

June 3, 2014

We must keep in mind that there is still much theological plaque that church leaders need to deal with in order to achieve a some kind of organic unity.

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Theologizers and the Anti-Seminary

May 21, 2014

[S]eekers look to the ecclesiastically untethered and academically undisciplined for spiritual guidance and insight. Welcome to the Anti-Seminary.

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An Interview with Brad Littlejohn: Whither the Restless and Reformed?

May 1, 2014

What the designation seems to boil down to is “evangelicals who dig TULIP.” Of course, that doesn’t do much to explain the broad appeal of it; this, I would have to say, might be substantially explained as a masculine reaction against the feminization of American evangelicalism, a way of really kicking the whole counter-culturalism up a notch.

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An Interview with Brad Littlejohn: Roads to Rome

April 30, 2014

I think for many of us, at least those who grew up in more confessionally-aware backgrounds, we started out with an inquisitorial bogeyman of arch-Tridentine Catholicism, the foil for all our good Protestant doctrines, and then went through the disorienting experience of encountering modern post-Vatican II Catholic theology.

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An Interview with Brad Littlejohn: Reformed Irenicism?

April 29, 2014

The “Reformed irenicism” that we’re all about insists that “irenics” (that is, all getting along peaceably) without history is only skin-deep, a shallow foundation to build a church or a witness to the world.