Category Archives: Faith

A Way Back In (When You’re Not Outside)

In yesterday’s post, I pivoted from Yuval Levin’s discussion of institutional renewal to a question about renewal in the church.  Levin spends a good bit of time talking about outsiders and insiders and how we need to see ourselves as … Continue reading

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Devotion, Discontent, and Dissent

One of the reasons I enjoy reading books like Yuval Levin’s work on institutions is because I believe in them.  I was formed by them.  And I’ve been wounded by them (as have we all).  While I live far from … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Thoughts

Yesterday I posted a long lecture by Andrew Root about the shift that has changed in youth (ministry) culture over the last decade.  I’ve read a decent chunk of Root’s most recent output the last few months (3 1/2 full … Continue reading

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The Thing and the Story

Mr. Root is onto something, I believe.

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Gospel and Church, Mold and Platform

In his survey of failing institutions in American life, Yuval Levin writes about the church in the “close to home” section (which also includes the family and community organizations.  While he writes about the loss of authority of the Catholic … Continue reading

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Living with Loss

Last week America posted a short reflection by James K. A. Smith about how Christians handle loss.  What begins with a nod to Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead takes a personal turn that I found difficult and brilliant.  Smith writes: A number … Continue reading

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Submitted for Your Approval?

I recently spoke for what will probably be “the last time” in chapel this quarter.  If the timing goes well, it could be my last time for the year.  We’ll see.  Either way, in my head I had planned on … Continue reading

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