Our Planet (David Attenborough; 2019)

Creation / Movies

Wonder and stewardship Each episode of Our Planet (2019) opens with the same dazzling image. The camera is in space, hovering above the surface of…

Discernment Exercise: Cultural Lies

Culture / Discernment / Exercises

Lies We’re Being Told In the April 15, 2019 issue of The New York Times, columnist David Brooks published a thoughtful opinion piece titled,…

In Praise of Boredom

Art / Spirituality / Visual Art

Reading the World—by James K. A. Smith In Praise of Boredom In his book The World Beyond Your Head, Matthew Crawford talks about what he…

A History of the World in 6 Glasses (Tom Standage; 2005)

Books / Ordinary Life

Drinking over time This book is good summer reading—a story full of odd facts, fascinating historical connections and humorous anecdotes that I didn’t really…

Race, Economics and Apologetics: Is There a Connection? (Luke Bobo; 2019)

Books / Community / Pluralistic World / Scripture

Embodying the gospel Margie and I heard Luke Bobo—no stranger to the pages of Critique—speak on this topic and hoped to publish his talk.…

Russian Doll (Leslye Headland, Jamie Babbit, Natasha Lyonne, 2019)

Movies

Playing with time, reality and death Russian Dollis not a movie. It’s a Netflix (2019) series of eight half hour programs that I binge…

Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts: Bearing Witness to the Triune God (Jeremy Begbie, 2018)

Art / Books

Art and transcendence The West today is secularized, meaning that increasingly it is believed that human purpose and flourishing can be achieved without reference…

Leadership in Turbulent Times (Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2018)

Books / Pluralistic World

Studies in leadership Doris Kearns Goodwin is the best sort of historian: a careful scholar who teaches by telling compelling stories. In Leadership in…