Just playing devil’s advocate here: maybe Will and Jada Smith are just like any other good parents who believe their children possess a particular brand of genius. Let’s be honest, if the New York Times style magazine wanted to feature our kids’ accomplishments and precocious personalities in an interview, we’d let them. Otherwise why are we all filling the Internet up with the videos, photos and daily commentary of our children? Let’s not even get started on the number of times we ask our… [more]
My name is Chad Comello and I am a failed novelist. I’m in the midst of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which issues a lofty goal for aspiring literary types: write 50,000 words in the span of 30 days, no matter what. Budding scribes of every stripe participate in this… [more]
Apple and Facebook recently made headlines with their decision to cover the medical costs for female employees who want to freeze their eggs. Many fertility clinics now advertise this as a procedure one might choose in order to “pursue educational, career or other personal goals.” These headlines were a fresh… [more]
It’s been a weird couple of weeks on the digital frontier. People of faith and fans of the not-so-mainstream should particularly pay attention. President Barack Obama officially spoke in favor of net neutrality on Monday, advising the FCC to issue rules that would prevent massive corporations from dominating the new… [more]
Interstellar left me wanting in many respects, but the movie does come through in one big way. Very big. The use of large-screen Imax imagery not only nearly saves the picture, it also reveals some of the theological implications at the heart of this particular piece of movie technology. Co-written… [more]
When the suicide-prevention organization Samaritans launched a Twitter app Oct. 29, they called it “an online safety net.” The Samaritans Radar app scans tweets from accounts a user is following, looking for phrases that may indicate a person is at risk for suicide. Once the risk is identified, the app… [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]
Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything. While this delicious flavor has become a marker of autumn, it is also an attribute of what's come to be known as “basic” culture. Someone considered basic is known for her (yes, it’s usually a her) zealous love of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes… [more]
Much has been written about Brittany Maynard’s Nov. 1 decision to end her own life rather than face an ongoing battle with terminal cancer. Yesterday, Benjamin Corey penned a striking piece at Patheos that compared Maynard with those who chose to jump out of the World Trade Center towers during… [more]
The pseudo-empowering pop anthem is nothing new. From Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 recording of “These Boots Are Made for Walking” to Beyonce’s triumphal vocal extravaganzas, the genre has a history of at least 50 years. Compared to typical songs offering pseudo-feminism that delivers an equal measure of exploitation and empowerment, Mary… [more]
A new study on millennials and church architecture reminded me of a Maria Bamford comedy bit. In it, Bamford describes church strategies to trick people into attendance, such as meeting in storefronts or coffee shops with suspiciously churchy names like “The Rock” and “Crossroads.” These strategies don’t make Bamford more… [more]
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Tim Cawkwell: (Kieslowski's)concern ... was with ethics: what is the right or wrong thing to do in a particular set of circumstances.
JKana: Others depend on us; we're made to be in relationship, both with God and with one another, which means we don't have the final say in certain complex choices like this one.
Morgan: Change is by far one of the harder things in life to adapt to. I think the song puts it eloquently and I like the reminder that the changes we undergo are usually to make us closer to God.
Tamara Hill Murphy: I think there's a line between "a tradition of specialized analysis" and "specialized self-consciousness."
Jonathan Downie 1: Taking the time to do home cooking ... is almost an act of rebellion. It says that family is far more important than all the stuff we are supposed to be chasing.
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.