Schaefer’s story of being tried and defrocked by the United Methodist Church for having performed his gay son’s marriage received wide coverage. Stories of conflict are never as simple as they’re conveyed, and this is true here. Schaefer’s church in Pennsylvania was growing.
Rodney Crowell, longtime guitarist for Emmylou Harris, hit songwriter for Waylon Jennings and the Oak Ridge Boys, demonstrates artistic integrity here, refusing to cave to country-pop trends. Nothing here is calculated; the album was recorded live in a studio.
Grantland Rice compared the Notre Dame backfield to the four horsemen. Marcia Mount Shoop realigns football with apocalyptic thought—and makes a theological critique of the sport's systemic dysfunction.