[Note: Jeff Mallinson has invited his wife Stacie to take the wheel this week, and reflect on what she encountered at the recent Christ Hold Fast conference.] This past weekend, while attending the Christ Hold Fast conference, I found myself sitting in a small, no-frills side room of a church. I never thought that would … Continue reading Gospel-Law-Gospel
By Jeff Mallinson - This week, I have the privilege of speaking at the Christ Hold Fast Conference in Orlando, Florida. I’ll be talking about the ways in which Luther’s call is for us all to become theologians of the cross. This is no mere academic concept. It is a revolution in the way we … Continue reading 9.5 Theses on Theologians of Glory
By Jeff Mallinson - When a wall of sound floods our consciousness, when visual images bombard our eyes from flickering screens, when endless online chatter creates a virtual din in our minds, something is lost. Silence is lost. On this week’s Virtue in the Wasteland podcast, we discuss the value of Ash Wednesday, and our … Continue reading The Value of Silence
By Jeff Mallinson - Is he the one? Is she the one? These are age old questions that some college students still ask today. This thinking is wrongheaded. Not just ill-advised, but fundamentally disastrous to a healthy relationship. No doubt, some romantic partners are more compatible than others. Shared values, religion, and life-goals matter. For … Continue reading Love Outside Eden’s Borders
By Jeff Mallinson - What do we mean when we call something good or bad, whether in aesthetics or ethics? These days, it seems that children tend to have a quicker and more genuine response. The rest of us these days, find locating goodness, truth, and beauty far more problematic. Philosophers have described goodness, truth … Continue reading What are Goodness, Truth and Beauty?
By Jeff Mallinson - “If it were easy someone would have explained The Way to the ruler,” so says the ancient Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi. He was right. Even with educated advisors, experts, and commentators, no one really seems to know what’s going on. The nations rage. World leaders seem incapable of keeping up with complex … Continue reading Will We Really Ever Study War No More?
By Jeff Mallinson - When I first see a new Star Wars episode in theaters, I almost always dig it. Later, in the case of episodes 1-3 at least, I start to grow cold. Then, I become embarrassed that I wasn’t more discerning and critical the first time. For The Force Awakens, something nifty happened. … Continue reading Tradition, Memory, and Star Wars