Michael W. Smith

My latest for CiRCE concerns the place of contemporary Christian music in classical Christian schools. Is it enough that a book, song, or record be “Christian”? Or, do classical Christian schools have a higher standard than “mere Christianity”? If classical schools have a higher standard than “mere Christianity,” why? And what is that standard?

Not Worried

Christian Pastor: *writes article about the importance of marriage* Christian singles in the comments section: This is so offensive. What about us? Singles are some of the most neglected people in the church. Christian singles on Instagram: Travel is *so* important.

Regret (The Human Condition)

Just before he dies, in the few seconds beforehand, every man feels he has just inherited a measureless fortune. A hundred trillion dollars, let us say. Q: What does it feel like to die? A: Dying feels like learning you have inherited a hundred trillion dollars and then dying only a few seconds later.

On Hypocrisy

The teacher to the student: Can you not write a single paragraph without becoming bored and checking your phone? The student to the teacher: Can you not grade a single essay without becoming bored and checking your phone?

A Short History of Audacious Bets Made In America During The 20th Century

Christians: (pushing a small stack of poker chips into the middle of the table) I bet there’s no such thing as gluttony. Secularists: (pushing out two larger stacks of poker chips) I bet there’s no such thing as lust. Christians: (undaunted, pushing all remaining poker chips out) I bet there’s no such thing as shallowness.Continue reading “A Short History of Audacious Bets Made In America During The 20th Century”

Say Something

Students: Mr. Gibbs, do you think the Church should have temporal power? Gibbs: Look, if you just want to hear me say something controversial, I am happy to do that. Student: Okay! Gibbs: Then I’ll do you one better. I think the Church should have spiritual power.