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

John Fea was on the verge of a sermon at Valparaiso University last night

Last night John Fea's Believe Me book tour stopped by Valparaiso University in northern Indiana and I made the trek, along with Grace student, Brennan Murray, from Warsaw/Winona Lake to take in the event. It was a smallish gathering of folks in an intimate recital hall. The program was structured as a Charlie Rose style … Continue reading John Fea was on the verge of a sermon at Valparaiso University last night

My Ongoing Sojourn with those Radical Moravians

Even though Moravians comprise part of the tagline of this blog, they haven't received much attention recently! I hope to remedy that a bit through this week's post. I have been sojourning with the Moravians for over a decade now. This is not say that I'm a card-carrying member of a Moravian congregation, though I … Continue reading My Ongoing Sojourn with those Radical Moravians

Historians on the Hot Seat: David Swartz (How the majority world is reshaping American evangelicalism)

This week's post spotlights historian David Swartz as part of a new series meant to focus on historians and their ongoing work: current projects, research efforts, innovative teaching, travel abroad, and other activities of interest. (Its not really a hot seat at this point, but maybe we'll get some controversy going eventually!) Rumor has it … Continue reading Historians on the Hot Seat: David Swartz (How the majority world is reshaping American evangelicalism)

My Interview with David Swartz on the Evangelical Left

Since overhauling this site, I have pulled in a few posts from 2012 (when I was adding material regularly.) I did this interview back then but David's book remains an important read. In fact, after reposting this and before I even had this new site finished, it had already received three new post "likes." David … Continue reading My Interview with David Swartz on the Evangelical Left

My Interview with Jay Case on his “Unpredictable Gospel”

Another author interview from 2012. Jay Case's book also remains an important and ground-breaking study. Jay Case teaches at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and I am a fan of his new book, An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920 (Oxford, 2012). Jared: How did you get interested in the history of Protestant … Continue reading My Interview with Jay Case on his “Unpredictable Gospel”