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Arthur Kwon Lee is the rare combo of a conservative Christian who also received acclaim and solo gallery exhibitions in the New York City art world. He joins us to discuss how, despite being the son of a Presbyterian minister, he was once an atheist; why he is a conservative for aesthetic reasons; what's wrong with art and aesthetics in modern day …
 
Everybody today likes to complain about the failures of elites. There's a lot to complain about. But are we willing to be elites ourselves? Are we willing to step into elite roles and change things for the better? We have to be the elite we want to see in the world if we want better leadership in today's world. Become a Subscriber (limited time onl…
 
Occupations are regularly created and destroyed in modern industrial America. But Rory Groves went back to the jobs that existed at the founding of the country to see which ones have stood the test of time for over 200 years, compiling them into his book Durable Trades: Family-Centered Economies That Have Stood the Test of Time. From farmer to midw…
 
Following on the heels of a hit job in Vice, the Guardian has published three articles in the past month attacking Christ Church and the Moscow, Idaho community around Doug Wilson. I examine the latest hit piece, using it to show how the media operates in these situations and the likely objectives of the Guardian's crusade, namely to sever the rela…
 
Tell people you are starting a church to reach the homeless, a new immigrant ethnic group in town, a neighborhood, etc. and you'll be praised. But people would look at you sideways if you said you wanted to start a church to reach the elite. This episode discusses the need for more Protestant elite formation, why existing elites who are still theol…
 
As we approach the US Thanksgiving holiday, I again remind people not to give into despair, to apocalyptic thinking, etc. Things are in some ways far worse than people think in the US, but there's more room for hope than people believe. Deliberately going through all that we have to be thankful for is a good way to avoid giving into apocalyptic thi…
 
Michael Foster and Dominic "Bnonn" Tennant join me to discuss their web project and forthcoming book It's Good to Be a Man. We discuss: How they got interested in men's issues How they met and launched It's Good to Be a Man The "war of the patriarchies" The relationship of Fatherhood to manhood Gravitas Fraternity Mission The manosphere and pagan m…
 
Religion is in decline in America, but there's an exception: the Mormon church. Mormonism is growing, has strong family formation dynamics, healthy communities, good aesthetics, and strong finances. One factor in Mormon outperformance is the way Mormons choose elites. Rather than relying on a self-selected professional leadership pool, Mormons scre…
 
In the November newsletter I discuss the loyalty and its discontents. Historically, disloyalty or treachery was considered the vilest of crimes. Fidelity in relationships at one point even constituted the organizing structure of Western society. But as we've shifted to a consent based culture, loyalty is now too frequently non-existent. Christians …
 
Using the recent celebrations of Reformation Day and All Saints Day, I discuss why the church (especially the Protestant evangelical church) needs to be more attuned to its history and cultural patrimony. This includes things like the great English language hymns, but also simply a greater awareness of the incredible legacy of faithfulness and sacr…
 
In this episode with Aaron Renn, we discuss how America has changed in how it understands Christianity. Being a Christian was seen as a positive social attribute for a long time. Now being a Christian is a social liability. How should this change the way we engage in mission? What should Christians do in response to this negative world? https://the…
 
There's been a recent flurry of articles and podcasts discussing the failure of evangelical elites, whether they have in fact failed, wondering who these so-called elites are, disclaiming that people are elites, etc. This week I look at the question of who the evangelical elite are, and whether or not they are doing a good job. I start by reprising…
 
Women initiate the vast majority of divorces. It used to be that women felt the need to give a justification for divorcing their husbands. For example, they might say that he was emotionally abusive or neglectful. But today they increasingly no longer feel compelled to do that. Recent articles in the New York Times from Lara Bazelon and Vogue about…
 
There are many aspects of life that are unfair. Often these take the form of hidden rules about how the world really works that can be in conflict with the nominal rules about how it is supposed to work. As men, we need to be aware of these rules and they ways that some of them can put us as a disadvantage. This is not so that we can cower in fear,…
 
In my previous podcast series on American conservatism, I observed that they have a pattern of jumping into the breach to try to defend their opponents from the consequences of those opponents' own ideology. For example, they defended the school administrators against the student radicals of the 60s when the administrators themselves were liberals …
 
In this episode we discuss apologetics, epistemology, natural theology, revivalism, and religion in America. How do we know what we know? What is natural theology and why does it matter? What makes it controversial? What are current examples of revivalism in America? Dr. Owen Anderson Owen Anderson has been teaching philosophy and religious studies…
 
The upper class and the intellectuals have always particularly loathed the middle class. The novels of Sinclair Lewis or the essays of H. L. Mencken exhibit this mindset. Conservatives, whose social base and principal character is middle class, have pushed back against this, celebrating middle class values. It's worth considering, however, whether …
 
In this episode we discuss Christendom and Christian Culture with Dr. Dustin Messer. We also discuss the concept of Secular Sacraments. What are secular sacraments? Should we want a Christian culture? How can we best shape culture as Christians? Dustin Messer is pastor for faith formation at All Saints Dallas and sits on the board of directors of t…
 
American conservatives rarely read or engage with leftist thought outside of the mass media. This is a weakness because if they did do so, they'd find that serious thinkers on the left are often very smart and have important insights about our world. This includes people often stigmatized as bogeymen (by people who have never read them) like the po…
 
In this episode, we discuss suffering and persecution. These complex topics deal with the problem of evil and real lives of people. They often surface our presuppositions of godliness and theological anthropology. Suffering and the Goodness of God - https://amzn.to/3odUAnE “What Does It Mean to Weep with Those Who Weep?” Kevin DeYoung - https://www…
 
This week's podcast is the audio of a presentation I gave at a conference on Christian localism called County Before Country. It discusses my positive/neutral/negative world framework for understanding the church's current situation. It then covers a strategy for achieving owned spaces as a possible response to this. The material is largely derived…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss the idea of being "gospel-centered" as well as some vulnerabilities of a truncated gospel message. Often people use the phrase “gospel-centered” to emphasize a focus on justification and soteriology while at times ignoring larger gospel themes in the Bible. How does this play out today? Who might be guilty of this tru…
 
If you made a list of what a right wing fantasy utopia would look like for someone with localist leanings, you'll discover that the only people who have successfully produced those environments are on the left. In this podcast I examine the cultural contradictions of conservative values, showing how in practice the values of conservatives themselve…
 
Americans are relocating, for economic, political, religious, or lifestyle reasons. But what should we think about when we think about moving? This podcast examines a number of factors to consider: whether you having a historic connection to or family in a place, economic prospects, costs and whether you can really afford to live there, whether you…
 
In this episode, we talk with Dr. John Frame, professor emeritus of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary on the academic captivity of the church, Thomism, and antinomianism. How has the church found herself captive to higher education? What is Thomism and how is it shaping theological discourse today? How should we un…
 
In this episode, we'll explore how "loving your neighbor" replaced "judge not" as the latest widespread misapplication of the Bible. Jesus quotes Leviticus in Matthew 22 responding to a lawyer who tests him saying “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Does this apply to health mandates? How should we apply this to government orders? How are w…
 
This week I weigh in with some initial thoughts on the Christianity Today podcast The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. Although there are some legitimate critiques of the way CT has positioned the materials, complementarians need to accept that Mark Driscoll legitimately does reflect poorly on the movement as a whole. Freddie deBoer: Who Tells Them Thin…
 
This month concluded a three part series on the Dissident Right, the mostly online world of right wing politics that has attracted millions of followers. It describes the Dissident Right's views on race. At least some people in the Dissident Right argue for a genetic basis of race differences. In addition to discussing their views, it covers the st…
 
What are people saying about you when you aren't in the room? Everybody has a rap sheet. The only question is whether we know what's on ours. Unless we know what people really think of us, we have no opportunity to improve on our weaknesses. In this podcast I share some of the personal, painful feedback I received. I also discuss ways you can look …
 
In this episode, we discuss the rhetorical method of finding a "third way" which is popular in Reformed Evangelicalism and show why it is insufficient to deal with the challenges of our world. We break down what it is, where it came from, what is good about it, and what is wrong with it. Trinitarian Formation: https://amzn.to/3fDI10a…
 
In 2013 Bill Hybels foretold a looming succession crisis for churches. He ended up being more right than he knew. He observed that there had been an explosion of mega-churches, many still led by a founding pastor approaching retirement age. His prophecy has very much come true. Not only did his own succession not go well, we've seen several success…
 
In this episode, guest Jeff Medders, host of the Acts 29 Podcast and Equip Director at Risen Church, shares some of his experience in church leadership and church planting. We also discuss the centrality of biblical spirituality which is informed by church history and his PhD work on this topic. Books by Jeff Medders: Humble Calvinism - https://amz…
 
A recent controversy over the election of elders at McLean Bible Church shows that power politics rule in the religious world as much as the secular one. It's an illustration of what people in power are willing to do to win. Christianity Today: Platt’s McLean Bible Church Hit With Attempted Takeover, Lawsuit from Opposition: https://www.christianit…
 
In this episode, Chase reflects on gnosticism as the original sin as postulated by James Jordan. It is then applied to examples such as the internet, transgenderism, and Christianity. Chase also provides an update on the format of the podcast. Eric Voegelin - Science, Politics, and Gnosticism - https://amzn.to/2V3lnGW Theopolis Institute - https://…
 
The media glamorizes people making the choice to defer marriage and children in order to focus on other priorities like career. While this is a free country and people absolutely have the right to live their lives how they want, the longer term consequences of this for many is not as well advertised. The proliferation of older singles in the pews i…
 
Are the top people in the evangelical world really elite? Are they elite evangelicals or evangelical elites? In reality, they are a sort of sub-elite, more adjacent to than part of the genuine American elite. This episode looks at how to think about and talk about the top people within evangelicalism. It also examines the roots of progressive energ…
 
This is the second installment in a series looking at the Dissident Right. This series is covering five major commonalities of Dissident Right groups, with this issue covering red pill sexuality and transgressive affect. Red pill sexuality is a model of intersexual dynamics based on evolutionary psychology, and a library of techniques for picking u…
 
It's been 70 years since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty of spying for the Soviets and sentenced to death. The left continues to discuss this case and argue that the Rosenbergs (or at least Ethel) were victims of injustice. We can learn patterns of left-wing behavior from observing this case, including that they are relentless and neve…
 
Conservatives and Christians are very enamored of classical education. Studying the classics, the American founding, etc. are important things to do. But there are other important areas that people living in today's world. These items, including intersexual dynamics, the impact of industrialization, the revolution in scale, and the implications of …
 
People on the internet throw the term "red pilled" around a lot. It obviously derives from the film the Matrix. But how should we think about the term and what it means? I discuss in using the examples of the statistics I've highlighted about how women initiate around 70% of divorces, doomsday cults, the Matrix, and Plato's Republic. To be red pill…
 
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