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Proposing the #BonOp

True confession: I haven’t really been following all the dust-up and discussion surrounding the latest proposals for how Christians should relate to “the culture”–and this for a variety of reasons, many of which have little to do with the discussion itself and much more to do with the exigencies of circumstances. As a case in […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

“Witness” – A Pastoral-Theological Conference in Central Florida

On November 7th, the church which I pastor is hosting a conference with Douglas Wilson, Joe Carter, and Benjamin Merkle. We’ve called it “Witness: Life in a Post-Christian World,” and the talks will each deal with ways in which Christians can live public lives of faith in a culture which has quickly turned against traditional […]

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First World Problems: Marriage and Politics As We Know It

The Obergefell decision has been understandably generating tremendous media coverage and analysis. Most of the commentary has discussed either the speed at which society has given approval to same-sex marriages or the potentially dramatic “legal overreach” by the judiciary. One very foundational point, however, has gone nearly without comment: the legal jurisdiction of the family. In the […]

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The Diognetus Option

Christians Are the Soul of the World “[W]hat the soul is in the body, Christians are in the world.” That may sound presumptuous, to say that Christians are the soul of the world–but, then again, I didn’t say it. “Mathetes” did, in his 2nd-c. letter to Diognetus. So consider this an exercise in post-Apostolic ressourcement: I […]

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Making Home

Jake Meador has a great little essay on the need to avoid creating retreats by creating homes, and he points to Francis Schaeffer as a model. Give it a read. On this note, I would also add that “intentional community” had better include an intention to be morally upright, kind to others, and faithful to God […]

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Benedictine or Muscovite?

Just after our post on The Benedict Option yesterday, Noah Millman posted a friendly, but nevertheless formidable, critique of it over at The American Conservative. His point is quite simple– To really do what it sounds like The Benedict Option wants to do, you need a religion other than Christianity. And if The Benedict Option means […]

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What Do We Make of the Benedict Option?

Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option” seems to be picking up more and more attention, and I expect that we will see a future book from him laying out its distinctives in more detail. Perhaps the best single summary of its features can be found in an article just put out by Damon Linker. Mr. Linker is […]

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Separation Anxiety: Reviewing the Radner-Seitz Marriage Pledge

The newly apparent aggression on the part of some proponents of same-sex marriage has many Christians worried, with some justice, about possible risks to religious freedom in America. But whenever cooler heads attempt to calm the room, the more outrageous progressive politicians find a way of confirming what had previously seemed like hysterical paranoia. The recent […]