John Stott (1921-2011)

The blogosphere is now abuzz with the news of the passing of John Stott. While the voice of the Center for Gospel Culture is relatively small, we would be remiss if we did not join the rest of the evangelical community in both celebrating his life and mourning his death. Stott was an evangelical giant. […]

The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference

Yesterday, The Gospel Coalition opened up registration for its 2012 National Women's Conference. We wanted to draw your attention to this event, which is sure to be phenomenal. Kathleen Nielson, who directs the Gospel Coalition's women's initiatives and will be speaking at the conference, has a great post explaining why you should consider attending. Her […]

The Atheist Religious Traditions

One of the most damning indictments of the New Atheism around is in the book God Is Not One by Stephen Prothero. Prothero, a professor of religion at Boston University, is no proponent of any particular religious tradition – attempting to remain neutral – and he finds it necessary to include an excurses on atheism […]

The (Bewildering) Tree of Life

I was relieved to see Gregory Alan Thornbury's (un)review of Terrence Malick's new film The Tree of Life over at The Gospel Coalition. Why relieved? Mainly because after seeing it, I had little to say. Like Thornbury, I left the theatre feeling that I had just seen something very important. I even wanted to use the […]

Does Facebook Signal the Death of Narratival Media?

Over at New York Magazine, Paul Ford offers up some thoughts on the nature of social media in particular relation to more narratival forms of media (i.e. books, articles, TV shows, etc.). Though it's a bit long I found his opening two paragraphs to be quite powerful, mostly becacuse he's getting at something that we […]

The Already/Not-Yet Self

Over at Duke Divinity's Call & Response Blog, Wesley Hill uses an interview with Ira Glass and Errol Morris to tease out the idea of the already/not-yet nature of self. Here are Hill's reflections on a question that the radio host and the filmmaker were asked:  "'How do you make interviewing work?' As Glass remembers […]

The Thousand Autumns Of A Reformed Protagonist

Recently, I was stuck in an airport for a few hours and picked up David Mitchell's acclaimed The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. I was familiar with the basics of the plot: in the late 18th century a young Dutch man, seeking to gain wealth so as to marry the woman with whom he […]

The Limitations of Effective Leaders

In some respects, leaders in the church are no different than leaders in other sectors of life. We all desire to lead people and organizations towards a lofty vision and we will do everything in our power to actualize that vision. However, many times, our lofty visions can hit roadblocks or even come crashing down. […]

What Does It Mean To Be Salt And Light?

In his tragically under-appreciated Seeing Through Cynicism:  A Reconsideration of the Power of Suscpicion, Dick Keyes offers very helpful insight into what it means for Christians to be salt and light to the culture within which they dwell:  "Salt acts as flavoring and also as a preservative. Light shows the ideal of Christlikeness and also […]