When I was growing up, it was pretty well understood that Christians — real, committed, Bible-believing, what today some would shorthand “evangelical,” Christians — didn’t drink. There was an easy contrast for me on this topic, growing up in Boston surrounded by Catholics or, you know, fake Christians. They drank. We didn’t. Have fun in [...]
I have no one to blame but myself.
Eight years ago, when my wife and I were preparing to get married, we sat through several pre-marital counseling sessions with our friend and pastor, and we listened attentively as he explained the different interpretations of Ephesians 5. We told him that we are not complementarians [...]
Consider the brief “history” of atheism as outlined in a recent post by a member of an atheist group in Tucson, Arizona. Here history is construed as the presentation of facts across time; to tell the history of atheism quickly all that is required are the names, dates, and arguments of various figures presented [...]
I like Christianity Today. I’m a subscriber. I’ve also written for them — several times if you count Books and Culture. I have several friends and acquaintances who are current or former CT staffers. All that to say, I’ve been impressed enough times with the quality of work that Christianity Today produces that I [...]
I am a Bostonian. I was born here, have lived here my whole life excepting a few excursions, and with those interludes behind me, I intend to stay here. Boston is my home.
On Monday, April 15, Patriots Day here in Massachusetts, when the Boston Marathon was in full swing I was at home just [...]
Ta-Nehisi Coates, amid his first trip to France after a couple of years of studying French, recently wondered what we expect when we teach foreign languages prior to college. Almost no one reaches a level where their foreign language is practically useful. So are kids wasting their time? Should they be [...]
As an object lesson for the Introduction to Media Studies class that I teach, I selected a video news story at random from CNN.com a few weeks ago. I didn’t offer any context for the video besides that I, too, was seeing it for the first time, and that it would be a clip [...]
Every once in a while, when I tire of reading the Internet (it never ends) and feel like spending money on paper publications that I will eventually throw away or lose, I go to my local newsstand and I purchase two magazines: Geez and First Things.
I’ve always had go-to magazines; when I [...]
Disclaimer: I am a skinny-jeans-wearing, Pitchfork-reading, banjo-playing writer for an alt-weekly newspaper. I am 10 years younger than my bicycle. And I am here to tell you that not all hipsters are terrible people.
I’ve known plenty of the ones you are thinking of when I say the word “hipster”: chain-smoking beardos with deeper V-necks [...]
A weird thing happened the other day. As some old friends from college were considering catching a movie together, and emails were flying around in an effort to agree on one, a line in one of those emails made me laugh out loud, and then immediately get really sad.
“We’re trying to avoid Rated-R movies.”
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