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 [...]
My latest in The Daily considers why it’s so difficult for Christians to be cool…
Last weekend, I walked into my parents’ living room to find it strewn with home-made DVDs and old VHS tapes. My mother and father were planted firmly in front of the television, and as I got close enough to see [...]
I wanted to ignore this. I really did. When a youth pastor friend of mine sent me a link to the YouTube page of Jeff Bethke, this quasi-rapping, Drake-looking, spoken-word poet, and asked my opinion, I said, “Lame.” The poem is called “Sexual Healing,” and in it Bethke gives his take on [...]
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 talking about [...]
Over at the blog of the journal Image, there’s an excellent post about what’s wrong with “Christian art,” and, more specifically, “Christian writers,” by Tony Woodlief. Here’s an excerpt:
In short, if Christian novels and movies and blogs and speeches must be stripped of profanity and sensuality and critical questions, all for the sake [...]
I went to a tiny church school from first to seventh grade. It used the A Beka Book school curriculum, which, although it worked out okay for me, I’ll go on record as saying, was mostly awful. My wife makes fun of me all the time for never having [...]
It’s been a while since I’ve read Relevant. I found some time ago that it’s better for my blood pressure if I stay away. But every once in a while something catches my attention and just like that I get sucked back in. And, here we are.
There’s so much wrong with this piece [...]
Don Miller thinks we need fewer educated people running the church.
If that was the case, we’d be left with people opining all over the place, acting like 2,000 years of church history never happened, making pseudo-intellectual claims about the impact of the printing press on Christianity, and saying things like just [...]
Allow me to direct your attention to a blog post over at the wonderfully named “Hobo Theology.” Full disclosure: the blogger is my brother-in-law. That influences this response in two ways: the first is that I love him more than I love most other bloggers with whom I disagree. Second, I know that the [...]
Scot McKnight, North Park University Religious Studies professor and Jesus Creed blogger, weighed in on the Rob Bell issue yesterday.Who cares, right, we’re over that already (or at least until Bell’s book is actually released). What’s excellent about McKnight’s post is not necessarily his response to the Bell Conundrum, though it’s [...]
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