The Nicene Creed, A DVD Documentary

From First Thoughts

Some of you might have noticed this, but I thought it appropriate to point out on Evangel that First Things has produced its first video, The Creed: What Christians Profess, and Why It Ought to Matter. It is a documentary about the Nicene Creed. I stumbled on this because I was looking for . . . . Continue Reading »

Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy

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Evangelicals have been blessed with the recent increase of studies on the early church fathers. For example, Michael Haykin’s Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church and Bryan Litfin’s Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction . . . . Continue Reading »

Reading Classics Aloud

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Reflecting on Kevin Kiley’s article “Long Reads” at Inside Higher Ed, Erin O’Connor writes:Teaching high school for a year at a very interesting little Berkshire boarding school got me onto shared class reading projects–the kids I was teaching were very smart, but, like . . . . Continue Reading »

Chesterton on Fairy Tales and Evil

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G. K. Chesterton had a way with words. Some of my favorite quotes come from him, and that includes a quote about fairy tales. The quote is usually stated like this: “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that . . . . Continue Reading »

Creating Sabbath Peace Amid the Noise

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My friend Tim Russell, headmaster of Westminster Academy in Memphis, TN, pointed me to a fascinating article in the New York Times by Judith Shulevitz titled, “Creating Sabbath Peace Amid the Noise.” Shulevitz writes:But what if you wanted to revive something like the Sabbath today? What . . . . Continue Reading »