In my research, I have been fascinated by accounts of how the Gospel Advocate staff in the late 1950s handled the problem of John T. Lewis and his opposition to institutional buildup in the group. Here are a couple of examples. These are instructive for…
In the middle of the 1940s, John T. Lewis was in the midst of a dispute with Foy and Cled Wallace over the proper relation of the Christian to civil government and the propriety of Christians participating in carnal warfare. In the midst of all this, I…
This is a brief reflection I delivered in chapel at work today. The text for today was Luke 22.39–23.49.
Today is Good Friday. In services taking place all around the world today, Christians will gather to remember the events described in the passage we…
— W. H. Auden, Secondary Worlds (1967). Thanks to my friend and colleague Richard Gibson for reminding me of this great passage which I should never have forgotten in the first place. (via ayjay)
Uncle Sam’s older, classier sister Columbia fell out of favor after women got the vote. Maybe it’s time to bring her back.
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Price Billingsley (1877-1959)
In the early 1920s, Price Billingsley edited the Gospel Advance, a…
— Pope Benedict XVI, Journey to Easter, 62-63.
— Joan Didion (quote via The Reconstructionists)
In preparation for some recent writing, I worked through the Cogdill-Woods Debate (1957). (Actually, I’m working through the Gospel Advocate edition of the debate, so it would be more accurate, I suppose, to say that I’m reading the Woods-Cogdill Debate.…
As a brief interlude, I thought I’d take a moment to survey some of the available internet resources for Lewis and his work in Birmingham. Obviously, a great deal of the source material for my research is unavailable online. But a few things have been…
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