I was recently reading the newspaper when I came across a story that pushed my outrage button hard: a public figure, one whose position depends utterly on public trust, was exposed as a hypocrite, an egomaniac and a liar. I composed a snarky tweet in my head, pulled out my iPhone and began to type. But somewhere between the 140th character and “send,” I paused. A humiliating hashtag was already trending. What could my tweet possibly add? But more importantly, how might it harm? I deleted the… [more]
I recently learned a new word: “vacatur.” A legal term, it describes a court’s discretionary power to set aside a previous judgment, as when a higher court reviews and overturns the ruling of a lower court. It makes sense for Christians to know this word because it also means something… [more]
Say the word forgiveness and the minds of many may drift to images of a spatting couple on a couch mending their words with an embrace. Perhaps for others it conjures up images of bullies, bosses or vindictive ex-lovers. But for some of us the hard work of forgiveness runs… [more]
You may spend much of your days in a climate-controlled environment where the touch of a button or the turn of a dial will adjust the temperature. Could you imagine having such a thermostat for Earth’s climate? The planet is getting too warm, so let’s just dial back the temperature.… [more]
Editor’s note: This is the second installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. The Obama administration requested today that a federal judge allow the president’s immigration plan to proceed while the administration… [more]
Birdman won the Best Picture Oscar at last night’s Academy Awards ceremony, something I predicted partly because it’s a movie about making movies, a subject of which Hollywood never tires. The fact that it’s also about the artistic ego – and how pride goes before the fall – could be… [more]
In a recent appearance on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday to promote his latest book, The Zimzum of Love, Rob Bell made remarks on marriage that are causing consternation among some and receiving applause from others. In the interview, the Pastor Emeritus of Mars Hill Bible Church expressed his sentiments that… [more]
Credit Imagine Dragons and front man Dan Reynolds for truth in advertising with Smoke + Mirrors. Behind its bombastic hooks and designed-for-arenas lyricism is … who knows what. Like Oz’s great and powerful wizard, the truth behind this multi-platinum act’s vaguely spiritual angst is hard to ascertain. The smoke is… [more]
A recent student project at the University of Southern California is using virtual war in an unfamiliar way. Rather than glory in combat and explosions, like many blockbuster video games, this program aims to use an immersive recreation of the Syrian civil war to educate players about the experience of… [more]
Editor’s note: This is the first installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. The reform of immigration policy should be of vital concern to every Christian who is a United States citizen.… [more]
Author’s note: In an attempt to engage Fifty Shades of Grey from a Christian perspective, my wife and I attended a Valentine’s Day screening of the movie, which details the sexual relationship between a literature student and a young billionaire. The conversation below captures the dialogue we had immediately following… [more]
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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.
Bob M: The church ministered to the poor long before government did. Where did we lose our heart? I wonder if my church could really prove we are a tax exempt charitable institution?
Emily: Bell didn't remain in his belief with God for the same reason some church kids end up denouncing their faith - they never had an encounter or strong personal relationship with Him.
KoryPlockmeyer: To put this in the hands of a small child is less about making God look silly to me and more about finding a unique way to demonstrate the shocking nature of God's accomplishments against Egypt.