American Troops in Red Square?

As a member of the last generation of Cold Warriors, this sight warms my heart: American troops marching through Red Square . U.S. troops marched through Red Square for the first time in a Victory Day parade on Sunday as Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. It was a . . . . Continue Reading »

Rawls and Our New Pay Grade

1. Thanks to Ralph for stimulating all this discussion about our political liberalism and in general (with Sam’s help) for raising us all up. We can’t help but admire his nobility in taking on the man whom studies show and leading experts agree rescued “normative” political . . . . Continue Reading »

The Last Jew in Afghanistan

Zablon Simintov is one-man Jewish community —not just in the city of Kabul, but for the entire country of Afghanistan: Zablon Simintov is always guaranteed the best seat in his local synagogue here, but the privilege comes with a downside: he’s the last Jew in Afghanistan. The . . . . Continue Reading »

Why Don’t We Pray for Business?

Mark Roberts—one of my favorite pastor-scholars—considers why we don’t pray for the realm of commerce : I’ve been participating in church worship services for fifty years. I’ve heard or offered thousands of prayers in the context of congregational worship. Yet I cannot . . . . Continue Reading »

The Censure of an Aging Sex Symbol

Raquel Welch was one of the leading sex symbols of the 1960s and 1970s. Now, at the age of 69, she laments the sexual revolution that was ushered in during that era: One significant, and enduring, effect of The Pill on female sexual attitudes during the 60’s, was: “Now we can have sex . . . . Continue Reading »

Bronte Sister Power Dolls

In a better (read: more literary) world, little girls would spurn the harlots-in-training  Bratz dolls for these “super-powered English authors from the nineteenth century.” Comes with barrier-breaking feminist vision. Batteries not included. (And no, sadly, these aren’t . . . . Continue Reading »

Because We Have Faces

The beginning of Lewis’ Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold includes this scenario about the absolute authority that a man might have over life and death.At that moment the door was flung open and out came my father. His face shocked me full awake, for he was in his pale rage. I knew that in his . . . . Continue Reading »

Mills Wins Award from Associated Church Press

Congratulation to First Things deputy editor David Mills for winning an Award of Excellence in the Associated Church Press’ Best of the Christian Press Awards . David won for his article “Bad Books for Kids”, which appeared in the July-August 2009 issue of Touchstone magazine. The . . . . Continue Reading »