- Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges: We have raised a generation of young people who have not been given the opportunity to learn how to solve their own problems. They have not been given the opportunity to get into trouble and find their own way out, to experience failure and realize they can survive it, to be called bad names by others and learn how to respond without adult intervention. So now, here’s what we have: Young people,18 years and older, going to college still unable or unwilling to take responsibility for themselves, still feeling that if a problem arises they need an adult to solve it. (Psychology Today)
- An FAQ on Mysticism and the Christian Life: Mysticism is a notoriously vague and complex word. One can make it so specific so as to exclude those throughout history who would self-identify as mystics. On the other hand, one can define it so vaguely that virtually nothing is excluded. (Gospel Coalition)
- The Tragic, Forgotten History of Zombies: The original emerged in a context where humans were denied control of their own bodies and sought death as an escape. And now in pop culture, the zombie has come to serve as the primary symbol of escapism itself—where the fictional enslavement of some provides a perverse kind of freedom for everyone else. (The Atlantic)
- Karl Barth, Christ, and the OT: Karl Barth’s theology and exegesis is often debated….But one thing we should all appreciate is his ability to synthesize theology and exegesis in such a way that even when there is disagreement with him, the counterargument had better eat its Wheaties before coming to the table. (Brandon D. Smith)
- Why Pastors Need to Remain Silent: Ten Situations in Which the Silence of the Pastor is Golden.