“If it was up to me, I wouldn’t cook,” confides one of the women interviewed in a recent university study, which argued that an increasingly idealized vision of home-cooked meals overburdens poor and working mothers. For 23 years I’ve been responsible for the family meal, and while I haven’t faced the same challenges of the women interviewed, on most days I’d have to agree with them. At first glance the work we do in the kitchen can seem hardly worth the effort.
It turns out money can make you happy - if you spend it on the right things. Recent consumer research has shown that people feel happier spending their money on experiences rather than on material objects. This intuitively makes sense. If I think back on my most memorable purchases this… [more]
There has been much interest in a recent New York Times Magazine piece by A.O. Scott tracing the demise of American adulthood through the lens of popular culture. Citing the likes of Mad Men, young-adult fiction and comic-book movies, Scott observes that we have “witnessed the erosion of traditional adulthood… [more]
What was that little red “O” doing behind Adrian Peterson’s name on the Web page for my fantasy football team? “Out.” What was this? There had been no hint of an injury leading up to the weekend’s slate of NFL games. What was going on with “my” best player? As… [more]
This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Links to our other… [more]
“Why would someone immortal want to live? Where would his or her drive come from?” These are the questions Marcelo Gleiser asked in his recent NPR post, “Soft Immortality: Would You Do It?” Gleiser ponders if immortality would be a curse - a meaningless, boring existence. Without being bound to… [more]
U2 has provided a musical and spiritual environment for me - and millions of people like me – in which to process global, political, interpersonal, emotional, ethical and theological issues together, in an aesthetic way. They’ve been so much more than just another rock band. Against all odds and inspired… [more]
These remarks were given at a recent chapel for employees of the Christian Reformed Church, TC’s parent denomination. Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? I suspect each of us remembers the moment that we heard about what had happened. I remember where I was. I was a young mother… [more]
If you're in the Chicago area this weekend, I hope you'll join me Saturday for Level Ground's Chicago Road Show, where I'll be representing Think Christian and leading a movie workshop. It promises to be a day of important dialogue about faith, gender, film and sexuality. My session, scheduled for… [more]
I was a latecomer to emojis. Despite my wife’s frequent requests that I use them, I refrained from doing so until she installed them on my phone for me. Even now, I still use them with relative rarity. As emojis have surged in popularity, so too have creative ways to… [more]
After Steven Sotloff became the second American journalist to be killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), many expressed outrage and called on political leaders to take action. In the midst of this, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, an outspoken Christian, again caused a stir when he… [more]
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Daniel Melvill Jones: As I watched this film I was personally convicted in the ways that I have disobeyed certain commandments in my haste to obey others.
sampeckham: I love U2, I admire Apple and was simply quite joyful they both wanted to let me own the album for free.
bloveland: We are a country of voyeurs and I think the reasons that we revel in celebrity shame are more about our own competitive nature than we would like to admit.
JKana: Today there's much more of a "go if you want, but no one cares if you don't" attitude about religion. It used to be that people talked about the ones who never went to church. Now people talk about the ones who do.
Stubble: "Slipping from fellowship" could be wrong and unhealthy, but merely "slipping from leadership" could be wholly appropriate.
Steve V: To put a positive spin on it, maybe these 'niche norms' allow us to embrace our God-given uniqueness.