I’m a fairly devoted Comedy Central “news” fan. Not that I watch every episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or The Colbert Report. But if there’s a big story, I want to hear their take on it. And, perhaps more telling, if I am feeling demoralized about the state of the news, I find that watching these shows helps me feel better. It's hard to be anxious when you're laughing.
When I was first introduced to the practice of Lent, I thought that six weeks of pre-Easter penance seemed a bit much. Why spend so much time thinking about and repenting for all of my sins? This week, however, Jordan Belfort - the real-life Wolf of Wall Street - taught… [more]
The Farewell Drifters recently unveiled their label debut, Tomorrow Forever, a complicated bit of nuanced Americana music that simultaneously looks forward, backward, without and within for moments of true connection, honest intimacy and overarching purpose. I’ll admit to having little in the way of objectivity when it comes to this… [more]
A recent gathering of the Society of Christian Philosophers was both a look back and a look forward. Alvin Plantinga was on hand to revisit his 1984 essay, “Advice to Christian Philosophers,” while other presenters debated how that advice should be understood today. What is Christian philosophy, and what are… [more]
Recent weeks have been marked by separate but related cultural conflicts: one involving the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision, the other involving the Internet technology company Mozilla and both involving the highly explosive topic of same-sex marriage. First, in a public statement to Christianity Today, World Vision announced changes in… [more]
Crowd-sourcing is everywhere nowadays. From Kickstarter projects to asking your friends on Facebook for music advice, this method of leveraging the collective, creative power of the community can be applied to just about any problem you can think of. Apparently this even includes crime prevention. Well, sort of. According to… [more]
A funny thing happened on the way to the library. Just fresh from the post office - where I had chatted up a neighbor in line and then laughed as the long-time clerk behind the counter teased me about my “usual” request - I walked up the tree-lined path that… [more]
A recent article in The Atlantic by Marshall Poe suggests that religion should be taught in secular universities. What makes this article fascinating is that Poe, a former history professor, is not religious but a “confirmed atheist.” Furthermore, he is advocating for religious leaders (priests, imams and rabbis) to teach… [more]
Research suggests that one of the primary reasons people play video games is because they make us feel powerful. Thus we stomp on goombas, shoot terrorists, steal cars and blow up aliens. This desire to feel powerful is also, perhaps, what makes people so suspicious about video games. But to… [more]
G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all... As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.” At first glance, the… [more]
A recent study has shed new light on the issue of cohabitation, suggesting it’s no longer a predictor of divorce. Meanwhile, after 10 years of marriage, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have announced their decision to “consciously uncouple.” What are we to make of these news items in light of… [more]
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Kelly VE: Love that you point out that this IS God providing for us, he has different plans for all His children, and we can rejoice with one another in that.
Dennis Oh 1: (The Noah story) is to be viewed in a covenantal context highlighting the procession of the Semitic people from which Abraham,the Jews and the Messiah would come.
Luke Wynja: For (Hobby Lobby) the stakes are higher than if this is just a personal belief - they believe that they would be going against God's word, which we can agree a Christian should never do.
Micheal Hickerson: Closing its business for 1/7 of the week is a much greater financial burden on Hobby Lobby's employees than not providing birth control.
Dave Larsen: Biblical monuments are indeed about memory and God's provision. But I wonder if this is more description than prescription, and not intended to be aesthetically normative?
Aron Reppmann: One thing I especially appreciate about Plantinga's position is that it reflects the dynamic character of thinking and believing: rather than a once-for-all proof or disproof, faith-filled thinking is an ongoing task.