In 2008, Kelly Knox was an unknown credit controller from Enfield, North London. By the end of that year, she had won Britain’s Missing Top Model and appeared on the cover of Marie Claire. What made this particularly notable was not her previous anonymity, but the fact the Knox was born without her left arm. Knox represents a particular perspective on living with a disability. She hails from a family that refused to allow her to feel… [more]
In Jesus’ time, the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. The Israelites were allowed to live there and practice their faith for the most part, but they had to pay taxes to Caesar and obey the Roman laws. To the Israelites, the Romans were evil and ungodly. They had no place ruling over God’s chosen people in God’s chosen nation. That land had been promised to Moses and his descendants when God brought them out of Egypt. Their… [more]
More surprising than the $392 million Furious 7 took in at the box office over Easter weekend has been the number of positive reviews the action flick garnered. This usually doesn’t happen to movies starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and exploding vehicles. There may be a somber explanation for the positive reception, considering the movie is something of a memorial to co-star Paul Walker, who died in 2013 after… [more]
Were I not so lazy, I’d have a Little Free Library perched on my front lawn. Instead of running books I no longer have space for over to the local used bookstore, I’d walk across the lawn to share the “wealth” of a great book with neighbors – with anyone, really, who wanted to take, or leave, a book from my little library. But alas, perhaps it’s best I am lazy and never learned to craft a wooden box, to hinge… [more]
In the past few years we’ve been able to increase the variety and number of stories published at Think Christian, which means we’ve developed a fairly robust archive. These articles are easily searchable right here on the site, of course, but we also saw an opportunity to produce carefully crafted packages on specific topics, which we could then offer to our readers as PDF downloads. That’s the case with To Steward or Subdue,… [more]
Late last month, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial religious freedom bill into law. Though in many ways the law paralleled federal and other state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), the way in which it differed caused a firestorm of objections about discrimination toward LGBT citizens. In the face of companies threatening to pull business from the state, the law was amended. So now what? In contemporary America, are RFRAs… [more]
Most movies and television shows depict romantic love as an uncontrollable cosmic event. The “meet cute.” Love at first sight. Cupid’s arrow. In this way of thinking, love is a force of nature, powerless to resist. But believing in a star-crossed, chemistry-coerced, soul mate sort of love has an ugly, unspoken aftermath. What happens when that one special one doesn’t feel so special? What happens when we “fall out… [more]
News broke earlier this week that Trevor Noah will be taking over The Daily Show when Jon Stewart steps down later this year. Although Stewart is stepping out of the limelight, numerous Daily Show personalities are stepping into it: Samantha Bee is developing a show for TBS; Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show has taken over Stephen Colbert’s time slot; John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight is a hit; and, of course, Colbert will resume… [more]
Audiophiles seem to be having their moment in the cultural sun. Neil Young’s PonoPlayer, which purports to recreate the experience of vinyl LPs, has turned heads, even as numerous articles aim to debunk the idea that vinyl sounds better. In fact, several corresponding arguments are conflating technical, psychological, emotional and even spiritual ideas surrounding the value of music and the concept of fidelity. It’s a cacophony of… [more]
In a recent New York Times article, “The Church of TED,” Megan Hustad compared TED talks to evangelical tent revivals. She sees TED as a “secular religion” of sorts. From their missionary zeal for self-improvement and world improvement to the emotional satisfaction engendered among the TED faithful, the parallels Hustad draws between TED and church are instructive. I tend to agree with Hustad that the parallels are there,… [more]
Kyle Essary: We may totally disagree on whether or not gay marriage leads to human flourishing, has biblical basis, etc., but we are simply asking that people respect our desire to abstain.
I often find that the people I disagree with are not content merely for me to consent to the state's legal protection of their right to behave in accordance with their beliefs. They want me to surrender my right to hold a contrary belief because, in their view, it is UNJUST for me to do so.
joshmuir: It has always seemed to be a misunderstanding: Scripture's commands to "reign" and "subdue" creation as justification for bending it to our will regardless of harm it can cause.
Deb Koster: Much of what I see on Facebook is very condescending to parents who with the best of intentions made a misguided decision. Facts and statistics may be far less convicting than someone expressing their love and concern.
Doug Vande Griend: Ironically, the Islamic faith is challenging Duke to realize that all of life finds its foundation in one's religious perspective. Suggesting that Duke retreat deeper into its myth that secular is possible helps no one.
Michael Bentley: This sensationalist propaganda isn't nearly as "sensational" as what’s in the Bible, but the way it’s presented plays on our sentimentality more than it does on God’s holiness and righteousness.