Published Writing

“The Contentious Literary Family That Explains Global Anglicanism.” Review of The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism, edited by Gerald R. McDermott. Christianity Today (November 1, 2021), https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/october-web-only/future-orthodox-anglicanism-brothers-karamazov.html.

“Best of Dallas 2019: Best Hangout for an Aesthete: Lobby of the Joule Hotel, Best Continuing Education for Adults: Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture, Best Coffee Shop: Merit Coffee, Best Breakfast Pastries: Village Baking Co., Best Cupcake: Bird Bakery, Best Special Event Dinner: Town Hearth, Best Dry Cleaner: Dee & Hatties Specialty Cleaners, Best Grocery Store: Central Market, Best Place to Buy the Perfect Bottle of Booze: Pogo’s Wine & Spirits, Best Hangout for a $30k Millionaire: Royal Blue Grocery,” Dallas Observer (September 2019).

How Devotional Poetry Unlocks the Bible’s Surprises.” Review of Adam, Eve, & the Riders of the Apocalypse: 39 Contemporary Poets on the Characters of the Bible, edited by D. S. Martin. Christianity Today (August 12, 2019), https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/august-web-only/adam-eve-riders-apocalypse-ds-martin-poetry.html.

What Humans Have that Machines Don’t.” Review of Being Human: Bodies, Minds, Persons, by Rowan Williams. Christianity Today (January 16, 2019), https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/january-web-only/what-humans-have-that-machines-dont.html.

Shines in the darkness.” Review of He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art, by Christian Wiman. The New Criterion 37, no. 5 (January 2019): 72-74.

Easter Wings.” Christianity Today (April 2013): 32-33.

A Better Conversation about Homosexuality,” Christianity Today (July 30, 2012), http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/julyweb-only/better-conversation-about-homosexuality.html.

Review of Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism, edited by Robert L. Plummer. Books & Culture (June 2012),
http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2012/june/booknotes.html.

Generic Evangelicalism,” Books & Culture (February 2012), https://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2012/february/generic.html?paging=off.

Review of From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism, by D. G. Hart. Books & Culture (November 2011), http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2011/november/sarahpalin.html.

The Body Beautiful.” Review of The Greek Body, by Ian Jenkins and Victoria Turner. Books & Culture (September/October 2011): 14.

“Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God,” First Things (March 22, 2011), http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2011/03/sinners-in-the-hands-of-a-loving-god.

Review of Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide, by Kevin Whitehead. Books & Culture (February 2011), http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2011/february/whyjazz.html.

“Reading Obama,” First Things (January 27, 2011), http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2011/01/reading-obama.

Dante in Love.” Review of La Vita Nuova, translated by David R. Slavitt. The Weekly Standard (December 27, 2010): 33-35.

Review of Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins, by Richard Carlson and Tremper Longman. Books & Culture (December 2010), http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2010/december/benson121410.html.

Christ Is Enough.” Review of Good News for Anxious Christians: 10 Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do, by Phillip Cary. Christianity Today (December 2010): 67.

“Notable Books of 2010,” First Things (December 21, 2010), http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2010/12/notable-books-of-2010.

Review of Evolution as a Religion: Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears, by Mary Midgley. Books & Culture (October 2010), http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2010/october/benson100510.html.

Tragic Humanism.” Review of On Evil, by Terry Eagleton. Christianity Today (September 2010): 79-81.

Review of Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, by Martha C. Nussbaum. Books & Culture (August 2010), http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2010/august/notforprofit.html.

Without End.” Review of A Very Brief History of Eternity, by Carlos Eire, and After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, by John Casey. Books & Culture (July/August 2010): 20-12.

Prepped for Success.” Review of The Best of the Best: Becoming Elite at an American Boarding School, by Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández. The Weekly Standard (June 7, 2010): 30-32.

Faithful Presence.” Interview on To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, by James Davison Hunter. Christianity Today (May 2010): 32-36.

Hiatus of Unbelief.” Review of Believing Again: Faith and Doubt in a Secular Age, by Roger Lundin. IMAGE (Winter 2009-10, No. 64): 114-118.

Review of Whose Community? Which Interpretation?: Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church, by Merold Westphal. Christian Scholar’s Review (Winter 2010, Vol. XXXIX, No. 2): 243-246.

The Christian Revolution.” Review of Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, by David Bentley Hart. The City (Winter 2009, Vol. II, Issue 3): 107-113.

Boys ‘n’ the Hood.” Review of Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity, by Gary Cross. The Weekly Standard (September 7, 2009): 30-32.

Remains of the Day.” Review of The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited, by John Carroll. The Weekly Standard (June 1, 2009): 36-38.

Review of Providence Lost, by Genevieve Lloyd. Christian Scholar’s Review (Summer 2009, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 4): 471-475.

Review of Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11, by Andrew R. Murphy. The Christianity Century (May 19, 2009): 38-39.

Review of GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn, by Carl Raschke. Books & Culture (April 2009), http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2009/april/090413.html.

Review of The Peculiar Life of Sundays, by Stephen Miller. The Atlantic (April 2009): 97.

The Sacred Weekend.” Review of The Peculiar Life of Sundays, by Stephen Miller. The Weekly Standard (February 9, 2009): 38-39.

Review of Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life, by Alan Jacobs. Modern Reformation (January/February 2009): 37-38.

“What Would Nietzsche Do?: Principled Abstention from Voting.” The Other Journal, Issue 13 (December 23, 2008), http://theotherjournal.com/2008/12/23/what-would-nietzsche-do.

Review of Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire, by William T. Cavanaugh. First Things (October 2008): 57.

Paglia’s Criticism Pure Poetry.” Review of Break, Blow, Burn, by Camille Paglia. Rocky Mountain News (April 15, 2005): 28D.