Your scapegoat “pacifism”

Dec 19, 2014 by

Dec. 12, a deputy editor of First Things, Matthew Schmitz, posted a rather unusual piece: “Our Partial Pacifism.” It┬ástarts out with the bold statement, “I am inclined to blame pacifism for...

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The limits of Stan the Man Hauerwas

Sep 29, 2014 by

When I was in seminary, I got drunk on Stanley Hauerwas. His polemic works against modernity, Christendom, liberalism, individualism, etc., struck a chord with me, and gave me a certain set of diagnostic...

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Willa Cather’s bishop on miracles, vision and love

Sep 2, 2014 by

Here is a stunning passage from Willa Cather’s novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop: “Where there is great love there are always miracles,” [the bishop] said at length. “One might...

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Immigrant or refugee?

Jul 17, 2014 by

There’s a moment in The Grand Budapest Hotel┬áthat struck me as particularly poignant social commentary. For the sake of not spoiling any of the plot, I’ll speak as generally as I can. Zero has...

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May 9, 2014 by

The Toledo (Iowa) church plant project I am working on received a letter from the denominational offices of the Church of the Brethren today. It contains a list of names, those of the more than 200 girls...

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