You’re probably wondering why I haven’t posted anything in so long. At least, I’ve decided to tell myself you’re wondering. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the website and my writing projects. Picture me sitting by a fire with a pipe between my teeth, or perched on a[…]
Twitter Cranks and Evangelical Identity
So I’ve been doing something new and exciting—for me anyway. I’ve started buying some Twitter ads for this blog (it’s going well, thanks for asking). As you can imagine, exposing my tweets to a large number of strangers has done some . . . interesting things to my mentions. Random[…]
Good News: Our Great-Grandchildren Won’t Care About Trump
I want to share a comforting thought. For this thought, I want to take you to to the year 2068. I’m sitting on my front porch, scratching my wrinkled head with a finger from my robot body.1 Two of my grandchildren, Xenon and Zorpo, play in the surf2 with my[…]
Evangelical: Uppercase or Lowercase?
As a proud recipient of a bachelor’s degree in English *cough*, there are certain grammar opinions that I hold to strongly. I’m an Oxford comma partisan.1 I think the rule against ending a sentence with a preposition should be done away with.2 And I believe that evangelical should be lowercase.[…]
Did Anything Even Happen in the Centuries Between Paul the Apostle and Billy Graham?
A few days ago, we dropped our latest Believe to See podcast. Anselm staffer Michelle Hindman joined us to discuss a topic I know far too little about: hagiography, or stories of the lives of saints. First, you should listen to the whole podcast, which is right here (and it’s[…]
The Opposite of a Cultural Evangelical. Sort Of.
In my last post, I questioned poll results based on (some) evidence. Now, I’m going to question those same results without any evidence. But don’t worry, I have something way better than evidence–a hunch. Here it is: Picture a spectrum of people. All of these people affirm the same basic[…]
“Cultural Evangelical” Is Now A Thing. It Shouldn’t Be.
Okay, one more post about evangelical identity. At least until my next post. Some of us in the evangelical world were masochistic enough to follow the aftermath of the 2016 election. For we unhappy few, one number stands out: 81. That’s the supposed percent of white evangelicals who voted for[…]
Breaking News: Quiz Confirms that I Am Really Evangelical
Back in December, Mere Orthodoxy created a quiz to determine whether you are really evangelical. I waited until now to write about it because I decided it vindicates a point I made in my blog last week. In addition to proving me right, the quiz is both well-done and hilarious.[…]
Evangelical: Good Adjective, Bad Noun
Like many of you, I bounce back and forth about my feelings toward the term “evangelical.” When someone asks if I’m an evangelical, I usually panic before pretending to get a text. But some less-panicked thought has landed me at a solution. To make things even better, it’s grammar-based. Here[…]