A Final FAQ on Healthcare and Abortion

From First Thoughts

Over the past 72 hours, I’ve been engaged in various debates about the contents of our newly minted-health care system and the effects of the executive order that was issued to appease Bart Stupak and his ilk. The central question in the debate is whether the bill will– does –fund . . . . Continue Reading »

Novels Against Marriage

From First Thoughts

In light of Rhett Smith’s interesting (and true!) thoughts on what novels do for us, I was intrigued to read Francis Watson’s rather critical comments of their form in western literature: The assumption that ‘love’ (or ‘romantic love’) is the primary basis for . . . . Continue Reading »

Painful News from the Internet Monk

From First Thoughts

There’s not much to say, other than “Lord, have mercy.”The latest update from his wife:It is with a heavy heart that I bring my latest update on Michael. We have learned that his cancer is too advanced and too aggressive to expect any sort of remission. Our oncologist estimates . . . . Continue Reading »

Practices and the New Ecclesiology

From First Thoughts

Focusing on the practices of the church is all the rage these days. James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation an excellent and thought provoking book is only the latest volley in a long list of theologians attempting to reorient the center of . . . . Continue Reading »

A Word About Church Architecture

From First Thoughts

Christopher Benson and Matthew Milliner have been doing the Lord’s work over at Evangel in agitating for the recovery of a non-pragmatic understanding of church architecture. Of course, they’re swimming up stream among us evangelicals: one whole wing of our happy movement doesn’t . . . . Continue Reading »

In Praise of Sidewalks

From First Thoughts

David Schaengold’s excellent observations about the modern skyscraper continue to draw well-deserved attention. Rod Dreher is the latest to chime in , touting the cathedral as the superior to the “cold and forbidding beauty” of the modern skyscraper: Still, I think Schaengold is on . . . . Continue Reading »