Learning About My Christ-Haunted People

Ralph C. Wood is a guy I've heard a lot about. The Baylor professor has shown up multiple times in writings of others I follow and in some casual conversations with friends. The book I keep hearing about is his Flannery O'Connor And The Christ-Haunted South. This week, I began the book both because: • O'Connor … Continue reading Learning About My Christ-Haunted People



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkK5eHkY46o I suspect I'll be largely unsuccessful in this, but I wanted to write about what Tennessee means to me. My sister, Ashley, told me about the band above (Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors)  a few months ago. She pointed me to this song, "Tennessee," and it captures almost perfectly my own sentiments about Tennessee. One … Continue reading ‘Tennessee’

Have I Seen You Here Before?

I was surprised earlier today when I checked the backend of this blog and saw today's traffic is a new record — and it was just mid-day. This, no doubt, comes because my friends Rod Dreher and Kara Tippetts both happened to link to something I wrote yesterday about both of them. And for that I'm … Continue reading Have I Seen You Here Before?

We Are Consumers and Ascetics

UPDATE: The audio of Father Jensen's lecture has now been posted at Ancient Faith Radio. It's well worth your time. Audio: East Meets West: Consumerism and Asceticism *** Attending Acton University last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was one of the highlights of the year for me. Aside from hearing from some speakers I’ve long admired (J. … Continue reading We Are Consumers and Ascetics

My Review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming Posted at Mere Orthodoxy

My friend Matthew Lee Anderson has been kind enough to publish my review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher. It's posted at the fantastic blog Mere Orthodoxy. Along with a lot of other folks, I consider Matt one of the most important voices among conservative Christians today (and he's only getting … Continue reading My Review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming Posted at Mere Orthodoxy

Another WORLD on Campus Roundup

It's been a while since I've updated my site, so here's another look at what I've been writing over at WORLD on Campus. I typically have a new piece out every Tuesday, which both WORLD and I push via our social media outlets. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@MichaelReneau) or WORLD on Campus … Continue reading Another WORLD on Campus Roundup

The Influence of Charles Colson

I have never met Charles Colson, and I shamefully admit I have not yet read any of his books. When I heard of his passing today, I was eating lunch in a busy, cacophonous restaurant with my parents, wife, and infant son. The email announcing Mr. Colson’s death, illuminated on my iPhone screen, broke the … Continue reading The Influence of Charles Colson