Beauty’s Difficulties: The Problem of Taste
The conversation about beauty moved away from a discussion of harmony, proportion, or unity and towards the idea of taste.
This non-religious aesthetic form of art was soon to become valued for itself, creating “art for art’s sake”. Art was now on its way to becoming an autonomous entity, divorced from worship, ethics, or religiously useful effects on the head and heart. Instead, these works of art were valued as badges of social status, goods... Continue Reading
Why Did White People Exploit Black People?
History isn’t black or white. History isn’t about oppressors and victims—we’re all oppressors, we’re all victims. No one is righteous. No ethnic group, no tribe, no nation is innocent.
No one is innocent. We’re all perpetrators and victims of exploitation and oppression. No one is innocent, not Europeans, not Africans, not White people, not Black people—no one. Why Did White people exploit Black people? The answer is the same for why Black people exploit White people, why we exploit our neighbours, why our neighbours... Continue Reading
The Spirituality of Politics
Politics has become increasingly religious, deeply spiritual, with deep moral implications; the difference between primary and secondary issues becomes fuzzy.
Those who, some years ago, were turning to odd forms of “spirituality” in their search for inner peace have begun to peg their hopes on politics rather than the seemingly obscure practices of meditation or chakras. Although many still dabble in Eastern philosophy, younger generations are pinning their hopes on a this-worldly political utopia. They... Continue Reading
My Thoughts on “Christians for Biden”
I, for one, want to see abortion ended and I cannot – ever – support a candidate of any party who works for abortion’s flourishing and continuation in our land.
Politics is a “city of man” venture. We live in a fallen world. I believe we are all far worse than we care to believe, and certainly worse than we want publicized. We are painfully aware of everyone’s faults, sins, and “me-too” moments now (as a side note, I believe this tendency is driving good... Continue Reading
Loving as a Foreigner
Christians regularly feel the tension of dual citizenship. They stand as citizens of penultimate secular geopolitical entities and as those of an ultimate sacred kingdom.
An essential part of being a foreigner is understanding the social and cultural environments we find ourselves living in, working out of respect for our host country to understand both history and culture. This requires listening, a practice of taking in the experience of another on their terms, not for the eventual purpose of “sharing”—often... Continue Reading
A Protestant Apocalypse?
How many Christians will return to church once COVID has stabilized?
So what will be revealed if vast swathes of Protestants do not return to physical church when COVID finally settles down? Surely that the theology of preaching as God’s confrontational presence in and through proclamation has at some point been supplanted in the minds of many by a notion that it is merely a transmission... Continue Reading
The New York Times, Sioux Center, And Calvinism
The Dutch men and women of NW Iowa have become Americans and practical citizens of God’s twofold kingdom in America
For all the talk of “cultural transformation” and “redeeming the culture” and “taking back America” what Dias found is a cultural and religious minority practicing nothing less than Realpolitik, which the Oxford Dictionary of English defines as “a system of politics or principles based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations.” This means that for all the... Continue Reading
Is America Inherently Racist?
Instead of simply embracing what is widely assumed, Christians are obligated to analyze facts.
While there is no denying the historical realities of slavery and segregation, and while the present day problems facing black communities in our land are widely known, these things do not in themselves prove that there is systemic racial injustice in America today. Nevertheless, the antiracist movement now holds so much sway in our culture... Continue Reading
The need to add another mark of the church? Constant apologizing to the world.
The church does need to repent. But repentances that are oriented toward the world rather than God—and reflective not of the whole counsel of God but of the immediate moral priorities of this present age—seem designed to enhance our status in the world rather than truly abase us before a holy God. This is especially... Continue Reading
A Believer’s Identity in Christ Is All Sufficient
God purifies us and increases our hunger and thirst for righteousness so we’re not ashamed of identifying with the offense of being in Christ.
To call oneself a gay Christian calls attention to the importance of being same-sex attracted. Why is it so important to self-identity by an admittedly sinful desire? 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 clearly teaches that unrighteous desires and behaviors no longer identify us once we are in Christ. This is not to say, of course, that Christians... Continue Reading