Once Upon a River (Diane Setterfield, 2018)

Art / Books / Discernment

Seeing into other worlds -- in a novel Friends recommended Once Upon a River to us over dinner, saying it was one of their…

The Pioneers (David McCullough, 2019)

Books / Discernment

A problem in story telling David McCullough knows how to tell a good story, and as a historian has published a series of well…

Science & The Good (James Hunter & Paul Nedelisky, 2018)

Books / Pluralistic World

A scientific morality To be plausible a worldview needs to be able to account for morality. It’s not a surprise then, that in the…

Discerning Cultural Liturgies

Culture / Discernment / Pluralistic World

In Desiring the Kingdom, philosopher James K. A. Smith says that to be culturally discerning we need to view and respond Christianly to our…

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,…

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.…

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…

Brief Answers to the Big Questions (Stephen Hawking, 2018)

Books / Discernment / Pluralistic World

The Reason for No God My first thought upon picking up Stephen Hawking’s 2018 book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is that it is…

Random reflections on lying

Discernment / Faith / Maturity and Flourishing / Scripture

“I’d like to move next February,” my mother told me. She looked me in the eye intently and repeated herself. “I’m going to move…