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Can women podcast with men? Aimee Byrd was forced to consider this question when she joined her two male co-hosts on the Mortification of Spin podcast. Listeners warned that she “was an affair waiting to happen, a possible career ender, perhaps Satan’s strategy to bring down another pastor and church” (7). This kind of thinking […]

Anna Smith
Tuesday, November 6th 2018

Today, when a woman becomes a mother, she finds herself mired in endless, passionate parenting debates: what kind of labor and delivery does she want? Breastfeeding or formula? Co-sleeping or cry-it-out? Celeste Ng’s new novel, Little Fires Everywhere, dives far beneath these debates to touch the questions that ultimately fuel those anxieties. What truly makes […]

Anna Smith
Tuesday, August 21st 2018

If you hate church fellowship hour, evangelizing strangers, and youth group lock-ins, you might be a terrible Christian. Or maybe you’re just an introvert. Adam S. McHugh, a pastor and introvert, has written Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture to help churches figure out the difference. Many books have been […]

Anna Smith
Monday, January 1st 2018

I am one of those tragic figures who is both a perfectionist and a procrastinator. I am such a perfectionist that the very idea of failure terrifies me to the core of my being. I am so afraid of doing things wrong that I am afraid to start, because I will probably not do it […]

Anna Smith
Monday, February 29th 2016

The sight of heretics running rampant has always distressed the orthodox. Historically they’ve taken some extreme measures to restore their equanimity: wars of religion, the Spanish Inquisition, burnings at stakes, things like that. In America, so the story goes, with the advent of modernity, democracy, and the First Amendment, it was determined that religion was […]

Anna Smith
Ross Douthat
Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

Picture of J. Ligon Duncan, IIIJ. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church
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