What fandom offers us is precisely the thing that virtually every other facet of our culture wants to take away: Self-forgetfulness.
The church owes Karen Swallow Prior a debt of gratitude for reminding us of the spiritual power of imagination.
So many things that we modern people add to our lives are utterly trivial. This is a spiritual AND political problem.
My answer in First Things: No. Excerpt: Warnings about the optics of Trump as a leader of religious conservatives aren’t totally misguided. Trump’s pro-life politics almost certainly arise from convention and convenience, rather than conviction. His rhetoric is incompatible with a holistically Christian worldview, and there may be some political blowback to the pro-life agenda …
A decade later, the Emergent Church discovers that you DO need boundaries. Just the right ones.
Christians seem hopelessly captive to the same news cycle, the same polarization, and the same grievances as unbelievers. This is tragic.
Many evangelical church cultures make it safer to deny last year's Christianity than to admit you are a struggling believer.
Digital Bible apps are convenient, but physical Bibles are much more.
Soccer, with its order and slow, drudging progress, offers an inviting metaphor in our speed-obsessed culture.
Why C.S. Lewis would have rebuked a common conservative attitude as the work of the devil.