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 […]
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.”
Happy New Year! Pardon this self-promotional interruption to the regularly scheduled program, but I must announce that my first book — it’s either a very long essay or a very short book — has been published by Bondfire Books and is available at all major ebook retailers today. And, as a bonus, for a limited […]
Katy Perry believes in the power of women, but she doesn’t consider herself a feminist, so she said recently upon accepting the honorific of “Woman of the Year” from Billboard’s Women in Music Awards.
Once, and not even all that long ago, there was a time when most feminist scholars and writers might have […]
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