“Getting the Great Big Kick”

“This isn’t how most people think they’re going to finish out their work lives,” said Richard Johnson, an Urban Institute economist and veteran scholar of the older labor force who worked on the analysis. “For the majority of older Americans, working after 50 is considerably riskier and more turbulent than we previously thought.” • quotedContinue reading ““Getting the Great Big Kick””

David Bentley Hart on Capitalism

David Bentley Hart on Capitalism Whatever else capitalism may be, it is first and foremost a system for producing as much private wealth as possible by squandering as much as possible of humanity’s common inheritance of the goods of creation. But Christ condemned not only an unhealthy preoccupation with riches, but the getting and keepingContinue reading “David Bentley Hart on Capitalism”

Let’s Discuss: Some IM Statements about Culture

Let’s Discuss: Some IM Statements about Culture Here are some thoughts about Christians and their relationships with the culture(s) around them, especially here in the U.S. We eagerly await your responses and discussion. • Does the gospel change the way you look at the people the culture war tells you to fear and dislike? • MSContinue reading “Let’s Discuss: Some IM Statements about Culture”

Fr. Freeman: What kind of community fosters virtue in its members?

Father Stephen Freeman is doing a timely series of posts on “virtue” at his blog, Glory to God for All Things. In one piece, “A Crisis of Virtue — The Good that We Need,” he reflects upon lessons from C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, the early church, and experiences in his own family to remind usContinue reading “Fr. Freeman: What kind of community fosters virtue in its members?”

Our Moral Impulses — And Appreciating Our Neighbors’

Peaceable Kingdom (1846) Hicks Note from CM: Sorry folks, but I see I’ve lost the battle today. I feel like the substitute teacher who has no hope of bringing order to the class. Please, either start responding to the points the post makes, or I will close comments for today. Here’s my summary of whatContinue reading “Our Moral Impulses — And Appreciating Our Neighbors’”

Culture War Christianity…from the Left

The ELCA claims to be committed to embracing diversity, seen even in Human Sexuality [ELCA Social Statement] as we embrace multiple positions on accepting same-gender relationality as a Christian lifestyle. So also there exist in the ELCA multiple positions on marriage, divorce, relationality, having children, monogamy, polyamory, sexual expression, and relational intimacy. We lift thisContinue reading “Culture War Christianity…from the Left”

Demonic Silence?

Paul Wilkinson has a provocative post over at Thinking Out Loud on the subject of silence in worship services. As you know, Internet Monk has long been a proponent of silence as an essential part of a Jesus-shaped spirituality. We have encouraged that people intentionally experience silence both as a personal spiritual practice and asContinue reading “Demonic Silence?”

Priorities find the right track in “The Lansdale Statement”

Note from CM: This is from the official website of Lansdale Borough, PA: “For those seeking a suburban sanctuary with urban sensibilities, Lansdale is an established, walkable, close-knit neighborhood conveniently centered on mobility where priorities find the right track.” I think this statement by friend, mentor, and Lansdale resident Peter Enns indeed exemplifies Christian prioritiesContinue reading “Priorities find the right track in “The Lansdale Statement””

The More Things Change…

The More Things Change… 300 years ago this week… One of my favorite pieces of classical music has an interesting political background. In fact, it’s an early 18th century example of a politician using the “media” to advance his own popularity and diss his opponent. Tom Huizenga told the story yesterday on NPR’s program, AllContinue reading “The More Things Change…”

The Myth of the Decline Narrative

Sometimes I wonder what people are seeing. I also wonder why they are so ignorant of history. Various groups rely upon a tried-and-true method to make their case and gain adherents and power. It’s called playing the “decline narrative” card. The decline narrative follows a simple formula: First, things used to be so much better.Continue reading “The Myth of the Decline Narrative”