Earlier this year, Christian singer-songwriter Michael Gungor shared a brief manifesto of his theological convictions. In the blog post, “What do we believe?,” Gungor penned the following warning: “So be careful of labels, be careful who you judge as ‘in’ or ‘out’ of your camp. It’s a destructive way of seeing the world.” Little did he know that by August, his simple post would be part of a firestorm of controversy within the evangelical world questioning the authenticity of his faith. In a… [more]
I recently returned from a trip in which I visited Norway, Mexico, California - even outer space and the future. In other words, I went to Disney World with my family. While Disney has been a part of the vacation landscape for quite some time, there is a new trend… [more]
To mark the 25th anniversary of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue, a landmark series of 10 short films related to the Ten Commandments, TC and Reel Spirituality will be embarking on a joint viewing and discussion series. Along with Elijah Davidson, co-director of Reel Spirituality, I’ll be watching each film and… [more]
Gone are the days of Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine. It's been 25 years since the debut of Seinfeld, and the sitcom landscape has significantly changed. Recently, Robert O’Connell wrote a compelling piece for The Atlantic about his favorite childhood sitcom, a mediocre series called Just Shoot Me. The show… [more]
An off-handed Twitter comment from radio personality Ira Glass about Shakespeare has set forth an interesting discussion about what it means to find a story “relatable” and whether or not we should prefer to engage media that is relatable for us. Rebecca Mead of the New Yorker, for instance, is… [more]
“Don’t despise the small but significant act … learn to be symbol-makers and storytellers for the kingdom," says theologian N.T. Wright. A recent movement known as the Laundry Love Project seems to have taken these words to heart. In East Hollywood, Calif., an Episcopal priest described the laundry ministry this… [more]
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is unlike any movie I’ve seen, and one of the most rewarding viewing experiences of the year. Linklater spent 12 years creating this film, which charts the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from the age of 6 to 18. Because Linklater filmed scenes with Coltrane intermittently over… [more]
“The Bible is boring.” As a pastor and professor, I have heard this lament countless times. I have heard it from college students, church members, the lips of my three children and my own mouth. Recognizing this as a growing trend in America, book designer Adam Lewis Greene has set… [more]
In a provocative New York Times’ article, Witold Rybczynski offers a startling thought: What if all the globe-trotting architects plying their trade from Shanghai to San Francisco just stayed home? Rybczynski’s thesis, which I heartily agree with, is that architecture is - or should be - radically place-based. That is, a… [more]
Cease-fires are cheap these days and by their nature they’ve always been a tenuous thing. Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary General, is repeating calls for a respected cease-fire in Gaza. After the shoot-down of MH17, cease-fire conditions in eastern Ukraine remain tenuous. Last week’s cease-fire in the Central African Republic has broken… [more]
Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams is a tightly woven examination of a human expression that, according to Jamison, is more posture than emotion, more a way of being in the world than a way of feeling. And the way that Jamison's essays engage empathy - as pained observer, as awkward… [more]
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Steve V: To put a positive spin on it, maybe these 'niche norms' allow us to embrace our God-given uniqueness.
rkw: (The father's) god is the natural world (science, perhaps), but deep within he has his doubts. I have often acted like him, only to find God awaiting my return.
Phoenix: This reminds of my thoughts on social media. It allows (us) to get involved without being invested.
Chris 1: (The Bible) reads and edits *us*, rather than the other way around. In that sense, it's the most exciting (and terrifying) piece I've ever had in my hands.
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.