Halloween comes early this year thanks to everyone’s favorite shock-rocking, snake-handling, perennially decapitated, thoughtfully Christian crypt keeper Alice Cooper. Along with Johnny Depp and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Cooper has assembled the super-est of supergroups to offer a loving yet chilling parody of rock-and-roll excess. The self-titled debut album by Hollywood Vampires is here - trick or treat indeed! Over the span of its 14… [more]
If you are reading this post, that means you're on the Think Christian website. Although TC is active on social media and our email subscription list is growing every day, the website is still where the heart of our ministry takes place. On our site, you can read our contributors' full posts, you can join the conversation via comment threads and you can explore our rich archive of articles. But we want to know: how can we make the site… [more]
In an essay on Slate, Laura Bennett implicated herself, along with many editors on successful web magazines, in the phenomenon she called the “The First-Person Industrial Complex.” By this she means the growing popularity of essays based on the most harrowing or shocking or difficult experiences of the writer. Of course, the relationship of vulnerability to writing has always been close. A frequently cited quotation about writing… [more]
Stephen King was among those honored at the White House earlier this month with a National Medal of Arts for their contributions to the arts and humanities. King certainly contributed to my own love of reading. Beginning with Carrie and lasting through The Stand, my vapid, stimulant-seeking teenage self adored King-style gore until I became an English major in college and acquired a taste for finer literature. While his early career was built on… [more]
For those with the emotional strength to endure it, Lady Gaga’s newest video, “Til It Happens to You,” is the kind of protest art that can’t be ignored. As graphic portrayals of sexual assaults against college women flash on the screen, Gaga sings, “Til it happens to you, you won't know, it won't be real.” The sad truth remains that far too many women can relate to the video, having personally lived… [more]
I met Sharon Jones at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. Well, at least I met her through Miss Sharon Jones!, a documentary about the contemporary soul/funk singer, with whom I had been woefully unfamiliar. Jones is a force. Like her hero James Brown, she has indomitable energy as a singer, dancer and band leader, especially in her live performances with her backup musicians, The Dap Kings. The documentary, directed by Oscar… [more]
When Google showed a group of its computers images and asked them to visually describe what they saw, the results were full of vibrant color and kaleidoscopic patterns, resembling something from a dream or a hallucination. Indeed, the name given to the code that was used is Deep Dream. The human race has long been fascinated with the content of dreams and the ability of the mind to invent impossible landscapes and larger-than-life situations.… [more]
If the attention he's received over the summer is any indication, then Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States is likely to receive a great deal of media scrutiny. Just picture the scene as the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church heads to the highest halls of political power: the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. The pope's visit provides a good opportunity to reflect on the relationship between church leaders… [more]
As a brand-new minister, I was part of a small group of recent seminary graduates who met weekly with an incredibly wise retired pastor. One week we asked him, “If you could go back and do anything differently as a young pastor, what would it be?” “I would go out back of my church and sit in a chair and watch the grass grow more often,” he answered. We all expected something more practical or exciting. Doing less is… [more]
A fun feature of our information age is how easy it is to access documents, ideas and even objects from other times. Even a few years ago someone might have combed antique stores for years to find something that is now available for purchase (or maybe several!) on eBay or Etsy. Researching at a distant archive can be done through an online database. There is something delightful about using cutting-edge technology to access something very old.… [more]
Marie Griffith: Too many well-meaning Christian leaders talk about our happiness. How to get happy, stay happy, and put away sadness. As Christ followers our trials ... every painful moment ... allow us to experience God in a deeper way.
Steve V: I pray more Christians can mourn for the injustice that leads to the induced loss of life, and fight for better economic conditions for the poor, fight for better access to birth control, fight to keep families together, fight for better healthcare options for EVERYONE, etc.
Bonnie NIcholas: After doing some studying at the Dominican Center last year, I’ve come to the conclusion that some are called to a special kind of separation from the world.
Dawn: Symbolic, simple, serene, surrounded by their community.
gailvrice: I’ve been sickened by the statements of those who characterize the massacre as an attack on Christians and religious freedom, who I suspect do not want to talk about or work to remedy the evils of racism.
AlexBersin: I don’t think either Caitlyn or Rachel identify as they do because they feel dissatisfied with their existence, but rather, because they feel they don’t fit into the mold prescribed for them.