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  • Andy Naselli - Sat, 11/12/2022 - 9:27am

    Pornography was the topic in my ethics class this week. The fourth-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students surveyed various approaches to ethics at the beginning of the semester, and since then we’ve been studying and discussing various issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, contraception, divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, transgenderism, critical theory, ethnicity, war, genetic engineering, and the state. In our (justified) concern about prevailing ideologies in our culture, such as LGBT and critical theory, pornography can stay under the radar as a silent corrupter.

    That’s the opening paragraph to a short essay I prepared for my school’s weekly prayer letter update yesterday (which I’d encourage you to subscribe to).


  • Andy Naselli - Fri, 10/28/2022 - 4:31pm

    My wife gave a delightful 27-minute biographical sketch of Martin Luther’s wife, Katie, at the Godward Life Conference a month ago:

    This was part of a session titled “Womanhood: Lost and Found.”

  • Andy Naselli - Fri, 10/07/2022 - 9:36am

    I attempt to answer that question with help from Francis Schaeffer in this short article:

    Naselli, Andrew David. “Chapter 2: Foundations for Faith and Morality.” Christ Over All, 7 October 2022.

    The article is part of Christ Over All’s October theme: “A Christian Manifesto for the 21st Century.”

    In 1981 Crossway published Francis Schaeffer’s A Christian Manifesto. In his analysis of church and culture, Schaeffer brought a word of prophetic warning to a church threatened by the rising tide of statism, or encroaching government control. Four decades later many of his concerns have been validated, and we will listen to and reflect upon this critical work.

    Crossway Publishers is graciously providing...

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  • Mark Ward - Fri, 10/28/2022 - 1:11am

    Means of Ascent by Robert A. Caro
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This book is positively monumental. How does Caro do it? Well, I know how he does it. I read his book on the topic. He does it with a lot of hard and humble work (and some excellent help from his wife).

    I was enthralled by Caro’s depiction of Coke Stevenson, and as soon as his qualities started becoming evident (which was at a very young age), I knew just what story arc Caro was planning. He was going to set up the honest man (Stevenson) against the cheater (LBJ). He was going to paint such bright colors on the former and such lurid colors on the latter that no one could fail to feel the injustice of LBJ’s underhanded Means of Ascent. I was almost inured to this plan because I saw it so clearly in advance; despite my love for Caro’s work I wasn’t sure I could trust him not to up the saturation on those colors just a bit....

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 4:37pm
    The Authorized infotainment documentary (emphasis on the -tainment, though I hope the info is good!) is now up on YouTube for free to everyone! This is kinda big! For some time it has been behind a paywall on FaithlifeTV. This project was one of the great privileges of my life, including getting to interview my hero John McWhorter in New York City in the basement of some random building (that’s Columbia University, where he teaches, in the background).   I’d really like to see this video reach a larger audience than it did behind the paywall. I made it to be about the most accessible, gentle critique of KJV-Onlyism available—and one that focuses on making a positive, constructive replacement for KJV-Onlyism. You can’t just critique bad ideas (though I had tons of fun doing that, especially with the “KJV-is-at-fifth-grade-reading-level” idea); you have to replace them with good ones. I tried to do that.   A small note I may have made before: I’d really like to see a KJV-Only leader acknowledge that, though he disagrees with my overall point, my arguments against the fifth-grade-reading-level meme persuaded him and he will stop using them. I...
  • Mark Ward - Mon, 10/03/2022 - 12:04pm

    Think Again: Contrarian Reflections on Life, Culture, Politics, Religion, Law, and Education by Stanley Fish
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I have read multiple Stanley Fish books; I read quite a number of these columns when they were originally published in the New York Times. I go to Fish for precisely the value he describes in his farewell essay:

    In the columns that provoked frustration, I stopped short of offering the “I believe X” part, leaving readers to wonder where I stood. I tried to stand on the side of cogency and against slipshod reasoning, which meant that I stood on neither side of a substantive question like “Is there a God?” or “Does religion do more harm than good?” I might of course have answers to those questions, but it wasn’t the point of the columns I wrote to reveal them. Let me hasten to say that I wasn’t trying to be objective (a label pinned on me by both my...

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  • Joe Fleener - Tue, 10/25/2022 - 9:28pm
    “To a person of these studious habits it may easily be conceived what distress it must have occasioned to have his library swept away from him. In that dreadful misfortune which befell the metropolis in 1666, ever since known as “the fire of London,” the whole of Charnock’s books were destroyed. The amount of calamity […]