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Expressive Individualism and Polarization

Samuel James gives us a great article on the continuing effects of "expressive individualism" and how social media in particular enables it through the lens of Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling. Well worth the read. One of the better quotes: Digital technology’s power to polarize us…

Carl Trueman and Strange New World

Carl Trueman's book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution (Crossway, 2020) was one of the landmark books of last year (for me, a bit late to the game thanks seminary). After reading the original book, my…

Love and Theology

Russel Moore being spot-on here: > Over the past several years, we’ve had some evangelical leaders, and the politicians they support, ridicule the “weakness” implied in “Turn the other cheek.” If that were just the Bizarro world of cable television news, I would perhaps dismiss it. But several pastors…

Return to Hell

A while ago, I wrote a post on hell and universalism [https://wip.plukevdh.me/universalism-and-hell-2]. While I have not spent much time dwelling on the topic in the year and a half that has passed since then, I did revise the conclusions I made on the idea of hell…

This Is Your Church on Video

Trevin Wax [https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/profile/trevin-wax/] recently published a blog post on TGC entitled ‘Gotcha’ Sermon Clips Are Bad for the Church. [https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/gotcha-sermon-excerpts-are-bad-for-the-church/] The immediate question that came to my mind when encountering the title alone, was: “Can we say video clips…

A summary of the past few weeks

I never got to post pictures of Zion National park so here are a few. One afternoon I got to do a hike by myself to Angels landing. I probably should have looked up more about the hike. I saw a sign that said there had been 13 deaths from…

An honest post of a hard day

Well, we made it to Utah and have been dispersed camping outside Zion National Park. We drove through our first day to get a feel for the place and it was beautiful! It's a gorgeous drive and the red rocks, and mountains are beautiful. I'm so…

Lake Isabella, CA

We stayed around an extra day to pick up some mail in Clovis but unfortunately, our water filters got delayed and we had to cancel the order and travel to our next destination. Lake Isabella. We haven't explored much yet but it's the first time in…

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