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James K.A Smith

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A Postcard from Q

Washington, DC. -- From my window here in The Willard hotel I can see the morning light beginning to illumine the Lincoln Memorial.  I'm in DC for the 5th annual Q, a conference that has brought together over 700 practitioners…
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Don’t Burn the Wooden Shoes Just Yet

I'm not entirely sure I've caught the gist of David Zwart's article, "Burning the Wooden Shoes--Again!," a response (of sorts) to my earlier article, "A Peculiar People."   Zwart and I can certainly agree that disentangling ethnicity from theology "is…
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“Finding God in…X”

Basically just a shout-out from me today: I commend to you Jason Lief's article in the new issue of Perspectives, "Leave Metallica Alone!" Jason rightly worries about certain trends in Christian cultural engagement which, in the name of "common grace"…
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The Burden of Freedom

I used to think I knew how to read Dostoyevsky.  More specifically, back when we used to talk about "existentialism," I used to be confident about what was going on in the fable of the Grand Inquisitor--that dastardly villain who…
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Mitt Romney’s “Faith in America”

Last year I enjoyed a visit to Brigham Young University to give a lecture and lead a faculty workshop.  The hospitality was marvelous, the conversation engaging, and I was surprised to learn how much the dynamics of an intentionally Mormon…
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In Praise of Little Magazines

What is it about the Reformed tradition and desktop publishing?  I have very tangible memories of this as part of my induction to the Reformed tradition.  While doing graduate work at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto--site of my…
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Learning to be Reformed from a Jewish Novelist

As you'll note from my recent Perspectives article, "A Peculiar People," I've been thinking a lot about the dynamics of immigration and how that intersects with my own experience of being an immigrant--and being Reformed.  That's not just because my Reformed community…