Early in my training as a church historian, I learned the important fact that here in the West, pretty much everything has a Christian history. So I wasn’t surprised to find that New Years resolutions are rooted in old Christian practices too. Here’s what I discovered about the subject. Enjoy, and Happy New Years!
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- C S Lewis's spiritual formation: confession, purgatory, Mary, and other Catholic dimensions
- Martin Luther's Anfechtungen--his own dark nights of the soul, and how they affected his teaching and ministry
- Medieval images and doctrines of hell
- A conversation with Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Eugene Peterson, and James Houston on the "ressourcement" movement in evangelical spirituality
- MORE words in the King James Version that now mean something else
- Words in the King James Version that now mean something else: Have you ever run across these and wondered what they meant?
What we’ve been talking about lately
- On how, and why, whole sectors of modern work were birthed from the heart and mind of the Christian church
- In which, identity politics poisons yet another community once ruled by love (of their subject): the guild of medievalists.
- Jesus is coming. Look busy?
- New issue of Christian History fights back against the church’s modern amnesia
- Book Review: The Artist and the Trinity
- Another testament to the “earthiness” of medieval culture
- Death, Desire, and the Sacramental Function of Humor in Lewis and His Medieval Sources – or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Self-Denial – part III
- Death, Desire, and the Sacramental Function of Humor in Lewis and His Medieval Sources – or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Self-Denial – part II
- Death, Desire, and the Sacramental Function of Humor in C S Lewis and His Medieval Sources – or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Self-Denial – part I
- Christian vocation in a “secular” world – pt 3 – John Wesley
- Christian vocation in a “secular” world – part 2 – Gregory the Great
- Can we find Christian vocation in the “secular” world of work?
- Two Modern Mistakes About the Material World – and the Medieval Truth that can Save us from Them
- Getting medieval on modern Christianity: Announcing a June 2017 conference
- A last-minute Christmas gift suggestion :)
- Medieval scholastics’ use of Scripture: Explaining what can be explained, but no more
- Interview on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog
- How was C. S. Lewis influenced by the medieval era?
- Young, restless, and immediate: The future of evangelicalism
- Medieval stupidity? Works-righteousness? Monastic uselessness? Getting beyond the caricatures
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