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Why the Justice of God is Good News

Why the Justice of God is Good News

Ahead of the publication of John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Power of Grace, Part Three of our “Defining Grace” series continues with this essay from Wesley Hill, Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry. He is the author of several books: The Lord’s Prayer, Paul and the Trinity,...
What is Grace? Defining the One Word Everyone Needs to Know

What is Grace? Defining the One Word Everyone Needs to Know

If you’re not a Christian, “grace” isn’t one of those words you come across every day. It’s not in advertisements, street signs, on the news, and it’s certainly not on Twitter. It’s a pretty churchy word, really. The typical 5-year-old knows over 2,000 words, but “grace” probably isn’t one of...
When the Solution is to Listen: The Timely Reminder of Helena Dea Bala’s <i>Craigslist Confessional</i>

When the Solution is to Listen: The Timely Reminder of Helena Dea Bala’s Craigslist Confessional

I have a solution for COVID. I have opinions on whether schools should reopen. I also have plenty of advice for staying sane during these times, plus some simple ideas for closing the wealth gap. I have little patience for identity politics. And while I’m at it, I have a few...
Surviving November

Surviving November

As we come to the close of a particularly vicious election cycle, we bring out of the archives our “Surviving November” series from four years back. Based on Jonathan Haidt’s work, The Righteous Mind, DZ delves into the moral psychology of political strife, and what hope we might be able to...
Google's Search to Know Me: Social Media Algorithms and Being Known by God

Google’s Search to Know Me: Social Media Algorithms and Being Known by God

I got a Facebook account in 2008. It was before the age of selfies and smartphones, Snapchat and Instagram. Then, it truly was a social network — simply a tool for connecting, and everything was fairly innocuous. I was in eighth grade, and my friends and I posted albums containing...
"Remembered by Love": On Isolation and Christian Community

“Remembered by Love”: On Isolation and Christian Community

Conservative columnist George Will is famous for combining dry wit with a “get off my lawn” libertarianism. It was thus somewhat out of character when he penned a 2018 column addressing not government overreach or fiscal irresponsibility, but loneliness. Will writes, Loneliness in “epidemic proportions” is producing a “loneliness literature”...
Yard Sign Righteousness and the Hope of Ballot-Free Salvation

Yard Sign Righteousness and the Hope of Ballot-Free Salvation

Take a simple scroll through any social media of choice, and you will see blatant virtue signaling. Or you will see the plea, the call, for users to turn from their sin and to see the light of whichever political candidate or party is being presented. Most of what you’ll...
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“Remembered by Love”: On Isolation and Christian Community

Conservative columnist George Will is famous for combining dry wit with a “get off my lawn” libertarianism. It was thus somewhat out of character when he penned a 2018 column addressing not government overreach or fiscal irresponsibility, but loneliness. Will writes, Loneliness in “epidemic proportions” is producing a “loneliness literature” of sociological and medical findings […]

Another Week Ends: Canceling Christmas, Acceptance Parenting, Emily Dickinson, the Church in 2020, Law and Gospel, and Myside Bias

1. Will COVID cancel Christmas this year? I certainly hope not, but that’s what Giles Fraser asks in his latest at UnHerd. Much about this year’s celebration will undoubtedly be different, if not cancelled; [The Grinch] COVID might steal our banquets, caroling, pageants, and large gatherings, but perhaps this year the pathos and joy of […]

Making Advent Fun Again, with StoryMakers

When we think back on 2020, it’s hard to describe, and it seems like there has been nothing “normal” about it. As parents and churches think about birthday parties, Sunday school, and Christmas activities, it is hard to imagine how Advent could be that “magical” time of year in 2020. Thankfully in God’s mercy over […]

Google’s Search to Know Me: Social Media Algorithms and Being Known by God

I got a Facebook account in 2008. It was before the age of selfies and smartphones, Snapchat and Instagram. Then, it truly was a social network — simply a tool for connecting, and everything was fairly innocuous. I was in eighth grade, and my friends and I posted albums containing way too many pictures of […]

Beholding the Lilies of the Field

No, the above flower is not a lily. But it is a rescue flower. Bought for $5 from the back shed of a garden store, just prior to being put in the mulch pile, a few months ago, this fairly dead hanging plant was at the right price. And after a summer of MiracleGro feeding […]

Fleming Rutledge on God’s Journey to Us

A phenomenal interview with former Mockingbird Conference speaker, Fleming Rutledge, discussing the cross of Christ, procrastination, the powers of Sin, Facebook, and (of course!) God’s irresistible grace. 

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Running to the Altar with Justin Bieber

This post comes to us from Alexander Sosler: Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper recently released a single called “Holy.” At first listen, I found my eyes glazing over with another “Jesus and me” love song put out by two well-meaning and sometimes profound popular artists. The refrain goes, “I feel so holy, holy, holy, […]

The God Who Gives First

Ahead of the publication of John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Power of Grace, Part Two of our “Defining Grace” series continues with this essay from Orrey McFarland. Orrey is the Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Thornville, Ohio. He also serves as a Visiting Professor of New Testament and Historical Theology at Knox Theological […]

Yard Sign Righteousness and the Hope of Ballot-Free Salvation

Take a simple scroll through any social media of choice, and you will see blatant virtue signaling. Or you will see the plea, the call, for users to turn from their sin and to see the light of whichever political candidate or party is being presented. Most of what you’ll see will be mockery of […]

Avatar, Humiliation, Exaltation, and Manhood

To start at the beginning of our exploration of gracious themes in Avatar: The Last Airbender, go here. Theologians and scholars have noted that the pattern of Philippians 2‘s famous “Christ hymn” is one of exaltation through humiliation. We understand that Jesus is a big deal, but what made him a big deal was and […]

The Law and the Trespass: Craving What We Never Wanted

Dining out at a restaurant is not my ideal way to spend an evening. For starters, I always feel a need to get the waiter to like me and to choose the best thing on the menu (as if it were a multiple choice exam). If the room is full and it looks like there’s […]