This Tuesday, Glenn Beck is live-streaming a national anti-Common Core event called “We Will Not Conform.” Opposing the Common Core State Standards has been Beck’s bread and butter of late. In May, he released the book Conform: Exposing the Truth about Common Core and Public Education, which currently holds top spots in three categories at Amazon. Much of Beck’s anti-CCSS steam comes from the anti-big government engine, a vehicle I tend to hitch a ride on myself. But in the case of CCSS, I’m… [more]
A recent Time article highlighted the legal issues faced by companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Lyft. These companies are part of the sharing economy, which uses technology to connect consumer demand with goods and services provided by individuals rather than traditional businesses. In my hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich.,… [more]
Two recent news stories – about the “right to be forgotten” by Google and Facebook’s surreptitious newsfeed study - have me thinking about what technology enables us to know about each other. In May, the European Union affirmed a “right to be forgotten,” under which people are asking for news… [more]
The virulent discourse of gamers is rightfully notorious. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of enduring the complaints and abuse of an incensed League of Legends player during a losing (or even sometimes a winning) battle, you know what I mean. A certain kind of gamer takes it upon himself… [more]
The people at Oregon State Penitentiary have an interesting way to rehabilitate offenders. Once monthly from spring through fall, the maximum-security institution hosts runners from the local community who compete alongside 150 eligible inmates in races behind the prison walls. Since its inception during the 1970s through the efforts of… [more]
With the July 8 DVD release of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac – a two-part art film in which a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) recounts her excessive sexual exploits to a philosophical older man (Stellan Skarsgard) – I thought I’d revisit a May piece I wrote for Reel Spirituality on Nymphomaniac and… [more]
As I child, I loved Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The only coloring book I still remember owning was a Power Rangers collection as thick as a phone book. As a young boy I loved to play fight and invent invisible enemies I would defeat with my wickedly awesome fighting skills.… [more]
In the year 2000, officials from the Elmbrook School District in southeastern Wisconsin moved their schools’ graduation ceremonies into a local church. The church had a large parking lot, ample seating and air conditioning. It also had a large cross hanging over the stage where the graduation ceremonies were conducted. … [more]
“There’s no more nature.” So one character tells another in Samuel Beckett’s absurdist 1957 play Endgame. Theatre of the Absurd, including Endgame, portrays the human condition absent any purpose, rationality or meaning - a picture, essentially, of life after the death of God. The term “endgame” refers to the final… [more]
When we first meet Crazy Eyes, one of the inmates at the Litchfield Correctional Facility in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, we come face to face with ugly. Or so we think. Mainly because Crazy Eyes - also known as Suzanne Warren and played by Uzo Aduba - does this… [more]
It can be tough to promote a Bible study at a public school when you aren’t allowed to use the word Bible. After the high school administration rejected her third design attempt for a promotional flier, my daughter settled on a quote from C.S. Lewis. “What draws people to be… [more]
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Bob Keeley 1: This emphasis on standards misses the point. The biggest single factor in school achievement is poverty.
John Joseph Thompson: Life is not supposed to be a struggle, but as long as we're still on this side of the divide it is all about struggle, so I think Jack is right when he says music should be too.
Nathanael Snow: Special grace is required when hospitality needs to be shared with enemies or those who have little or nothing to offer in return.
Jem: It's rather demeaning to believe that a piece of celluloid could potentially be the seminal factor in separating one from God.
Branson Parler 1: I think it's worth distinguishing between sports whose primary aim is to injure another person (such as MMA or boxing) versus those whose primary aim is something other than personal injury (such as football, hockey, etc.)
Ellen Painter Dollar 1: To practice a genital determinism, in which one's sexual equipment is the beginning and end of the identity story, without considering psychology and emotion and all of that is, I think, giving the body too much sway.