Well, it’s over. Truly, finally over. It was an election night that surprised (disappointed?) most pundits who thought for sure this thing was going to drag on forever and ever. And, though the night itself did — did you also stay up until after the President’s speech, around 2 a.m. here on the east coast [...]
If I took one thing away from the past two weeks of national theatrics, it was the incredible smallness of the American political imagination. We have two parties, one center-right and one far right, that differ only in degree: both are wedded to manifest falsehoods about merit and social mobility, and both are comfortable with [...]
Should I not admit that? But I do. I like that a major part of the Christian story is a dark day when all feels lost. I don’t even just like it in the “I like it because I know Easter is coming in two days” kind [...]
Andrew Sullivan has written a cover story for Newsweek (disclosure: where I also work) that I think deserves attention and scrutiny. It could not be more timely, and in many ways more needed. But even as it advances some crucial criticisms of the contemporary monstrosity that presents itself as Christianity, I think there is a lot more [...]
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 [...]
When a television show remains on air long after it ceases to be quality, it is said to have jumped the shark. In the latest issue of World magazine, Marvin Olasky has finally jumped his own shark.
In what should have been a column that Christians of all stripes could rally around, a [...]
In light of the news that New York is joining the small group of states that allow same-sex marriages, and in response to the fear-addled tweets of Al Mohler upon hearing the news, I wanted to repost this column I wrote for Patheos back in February. No matter your [...]
Last night, after “Modern Family” ended and before the new sitcom “Happy Endings” began, in that wasteland of ABC television’s programming called “Cougar Town,” my wife and I flipped through the four channels our digital antenna pulls in searching for a half hour of interim entertainment. We landed, for a brief time, on “
I’m particularly excited about this week’s Patheos column. I begin by talking about my favorite book/movie, High Fidelity (I like the book only slightly more than the movie). In particular, I quote the passage in which Rob says, “Some people never got over the sixties, [...]
Osama Bin Laden was killed last night. My wife and I were just about to go to bed when one last cursory glance at Facebook and Twitter told me the news. We turned on the television in time to see President Obama finishing his speech, and then it was back to the social networks for [...]
What’s wrong with this picture?
Not sure yet? Besides the awful color palette and type selections, the flag waving ever-so-hopefully at the top is union down. Do you know what that means? I do.
The blue and red state color scheme when appli…
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“In conclusion, I’d like to say I’m glad that despite our differing opinions on these issues, we’re all able to remain friends.” That was the relevant, if awkwardly delivered, closing remark of my friend as four of us discussed our differing votes on the three Massachusetts ballot questions yesterday.
A few of my good friends espouse Libertarian views, though they are not Tea Party members. They were Libertarian before being Libertarian was hip. As a former Christian Anarchist, I’m intrigued by their views and would like to subscribe to their newsletter (ten points if you get that reference).
Yesterday, they voted to cut the state sales tax in half (they failed) and eliminate the tax on alcohol (they succeeded). They’ll vote for anything that lowers taxes. And at first pass, I’m with them. As my friends explain the trickle-down benefits of the free market system, their theories make sense. But upon further reflection, I have a few unanswered questions for my right-leaning brothers and sisters that prevent me from joining their ranks.
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