Letters to Young Scholars: A Book for my Adolescent Self

When my teenage son agreed to read and discuss a book together I landed on a book I had not previously known about: William Ringenberg’s Letters to Young Scholars, the second edition of which came out last year. I knew Ringenberg, the retired but long-time professor of history at Taylor University, from CFH circles and … Continue reading Letters to Young Scholars: A Book for my Adolescent Self

Reckoning with Racism and the Church: Reformed and Anabaptist Voices

Last week I offered some reflections and book recommendations on the issue of race. In other corners, a new book about race and the church was getting attention -- Jemar Tisby's volume, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism. I haven't gotten my copy of this yet, but according … Continue reading Reckoning with Racism and the Church: Reformed and Anabaptist Voices

Gendered Messaging in the Evangelical Purity Movement: My guest post at the Anxious Bench

I've been a fan of the Anxious Bench for years so I'm excited to have this piece picked up by the editors there. The topic is outside the usual cluster of themes I write about here and I may be overextending myself. But consider it a conversation starter if nothing else. Basically, I use my … Continue reading Gendered Messaging in the Evangelical Purity Movement: My guest post at the Anxious Bench

David Cramer brings “Anabaptist Revisions” to the Patheos Blogosphere

I can't think of a better person to blog about Anabaptist issues than David Cramer. I first got to know David when we worked together on editing a collection of essays about the complicated historical and theological intersection of Anabaptists and evangelicals (The Activist Impulse, 2014). Since that time, David has gone on to earn … Continue reading David Cramer brings “Anabaptist Revisions” to the Patheos Blogosphere

Evangelicals, Anabaptists, Depression, and Christian Rock: The Hermeneutic Circle’s Top Ten posts of 2018

This past July I dusted off the Hermeneutic Circle and vowed to get back into blogging -- at least once a week. So how did I do? Well, things certainly dwindled off here at the end of the year. So I guess I know what my New Year's resolution will be! But even with the … Continue reading Evangelicals, Anabaptists, Depression, and Christian Rock: The Hermeneutic Circle’s Top Ten posts of 2018

An obscure book about Greenland and Missions Historiography

I doubt you’ve heard of David Cranz’s two volume History of Greenland, first published in German in 1765. But its obscurity may be masking its significant for understanding early 19th century interest in Protestant missions. Cranz was an important Moravian historian who traveled to Greenland to chronicle the story of the Moravian mission, which had … Continue reading An obscure book about Greenland and Missions Historiography