The embarrassing church

Scripture / Spirituality

As my friend Donald Guthrie, professor at Trinity International University and president of Ransom’s board is fond of saying, it’s hard being the local…

Excerpt: The Second Mountain (David Brooks, 2019)

Books / Spirituality

This is a brief excerpt from: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks (New York, NY: Random House; 2019)…

A Theology of Writing

Faith

Since we should pray all the time and about everything (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:19), we should be able to pray through our theology…

Going Home

Faith / Family / Ordinary Life

Going Home We are saddened by the recent death of Denis’ mother. At the same time just when we’d almost lost hope of spring…

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…

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.…

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…

On being chided and rebuked

Community / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

A good friend chided me for showing frustration instead of patience with some friends. Actually, the correct term is rebuked, but “chided,” sounds better…