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Emmanuel Malone to Present MacDonald Lectures

January 6, 2017

David Oestreich with the Lord

January 20, 2017

David Oestreich passed away on Wednesday after a brief stay in the hospital. A resident of northwestern Ohio, Oestreich was still a young man with a young family. He was one of the most important voices of his generation for conservative Christianity. A poet, critic, and essayist, he contributed many works to Religious Affections ministries. We extend our sympathy to David’s family.

Lee Irons vs Kevin Giles

January 20, 2017

Those who are interested in the current trinitarian debates will want to take a look at a blog post by Lee Irons with a response by Kevin Giles. The issue is whether monogenes means only begotten or unique. Interesting stuff, though Giles thinks that Irons isn’t being quite fair.

For what it’s worth, the debate has driven me, at least, to study the Trinity in far more detail than I have before. And the study is enriching.

Cosmophagy by David Oestreich

January 20, 2017

Cosmophagy is a book of nature poems by David Oestreich. Here’s the blurb on the jacket:

If you sit up at night thinking about leaves realizing “they’re each alone / and out on a limb,” or wait for “each day to be sliced in half” – even if you don’t admit you do – David Oestreich is your poet. Like Thoreau, he begins by turning to nature; like Whitman, he sees every plant, every animal (even the newly-departed) as a brother. COSMOPHAGY is a love song to the earth, to language, and to you. Come. Listen. The voice you hear may speak to your own. | Benjamin Myers, Oklahoma State Poet Laureate and author of LAPSE AMERICANA, says: “With a sensibility deeper than the merely contemporary, David Oestreich is writing in the company of Herbert, Hopkins, and a great cloud of witnesses. These poems insist on the meaningfulness of creation, on the full weight of the logos, and they do so with romantic energy and classical wisdom. Here you will find that rare treasure: poems for those in love not just with language but also with the world residing just beyond language’s reach.”

You can order Cosmophagy at Amazon.

Religious Agendas for President Trump

January 19, 2017

A bunch of religious leaders want to help shape President Trump’s agenda for religion. Religion Clause offers a listing.

A Battle with Traffic Cameras

January 19, 2017

Adam McCleod is a law professor. After being ticketed (wrongly) by a traffic camera, he fought the accusation, eventually securing vindication in court–and spending more than the cost of the ticket. Here he offers his views on the constitutionality of the criminal-civil proceeding initiated by a machine operated by a distant contractor in the absence of witnesses.

Incidentally, for everything that’s wrong with Minnesota, this is one thing that the state does right: traffic cameras are illegal.

Rising Stars of “Progressive Christianity”

January 19, 2017

“Progressive” is a close synonym for “liberal.” Here Chelsen Vicari lists three names that are becoming prominent in (politically and socially) progressive Christianity. She promises more names to come.

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Do You Want to BE Someone or DO Something?

January 18, 2017

Brett and Kate McKay offer reflections from the life of Air Force Colonel John Boyd. This is not a Christian document, but it offers advice that ministers of Christ might well apply to their own situations.

Research has shown time and time again that kids of our modern age aspire for what’s perceived as a more glamorous life than one of service and lasting legacy. In fact, the top three career aspirations of today’s 5- to 11-year-olds are sports star, music star, and actor. Just 25 years ago, that same survey turned up teacher, doctor, and banker. Young people want to be recognized, to be famous, and very early on pick up the fact that the path to celebrity (not to mention government service) largely involves telling people what they want to hear — packaging up what’s already popular and selling it back. For it’s not just the military that prizes the status quo; while society is supposedly more tolerant than ever, any nail that pops up from the mainstream very quickly gets hammered down. In our digital age, the righteous online mob can quickly mobilize and silence any opinion considered aberrant. The result is a chilling effect where people have to watch every word they say lest it be publicly trounced upon.