I should have known that writing about Dan Savage was going to get me into a bit of trouble with readers. I should have, but didn’t because, as I wrote in my piece last week, I don’t know all that much about Savage. Many of you have [...]
The first thing you should probably know about me is that I’m a bit of a prude. I don’t mind admitting that. When I received my iPhone 4S in the mail last year, the very first thing I did was launch Siri. I had been reading all day about the hilarious questions [...]
I don’t want to be a Mumford & Sons apologist. Truly, I don’t. I want to be the cool kid who’s all like, “Yah, I used to listen to them. Like three years ago.” That’s more my style.
And then I could say, truthfully, that it’s actually my wife who really loves them. Who, [...]
I was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin in a modest and love-filled home. We were a happy working-class family that spent endless hours together doing all the kinds of things suburban families did in the 1980s in Wisconsin. Namely, eat good food and watch sports.
My grandparents would regularly take the grandchildren in [...]
I didn’t go to Chick-fil-A yesterday. But I didn’t not go either.
I am done with this whole exercise in protest, and protesting the protest. Not because the two sides are protesting, but because the grounds from which both sides are protesting are so shaky.
Everyday, everyone of us patronizes some private business [...]
This evening I’ll be giving a talk as part of Boston’s Church of the Advent series, Theology on Tap. The series theme is The Gospel and Pop Culture, and my particular talk is concerned with Indie Rock. My title is “The New Sincerity: Telling the Truth in Indie Rock,” and what follows is a slim [...]
Ross Douthat’s new book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, reminds us that there is an alternative to the partisan culture of contemporary Christianity: Christian Orthodoxy. The idea that Christianity is not intrinsically liberal or conservative, but instead is founded on timeless truths that will appear to be conservative or liberal depending on [...]
Last month I had the opportunity to see an advanced screening of the film “Blue Like Jazz.” I drove 45 minutes outside of Boston to an AMC Loews theater in Methuen, MA to join a modest crowd composed mostly of Christian youth workers. I collected my bag of “Blue Like Jazz” swag and found my [...]
Earlier this week, someone at my alma mater, Gordon College, was kind enough to share one of my recent Huffington Post blog pieces on the college’s Facebook page as an example of “Alumni in the News.” Suddenly, there on Gordon College’s wall, a place where the “Likes” far [...]
Yesterday, it happened. A student hit me with the question that many educators dread, “When are we ever going to use this in life?”
I love this question. I don’t dread it at all. I eat it up.
I had just shown my freshman composition class part two of the incredible “Everything is a Remix” [...]
A recent op-ed by David Brooks brought my attention to a study conducted by Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith and some of his colleagues — the results of which have been published in a book entitled Lost in Transition – that found that young adults are bad at “thinking and [...]
This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks against our country on September 11, 2001, and New York City, Washington DC, and just about every other major metropolitan area in the US is planning to mark the anniversary with one kind of commemorative happening or another. The main event in New York, a [...]
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