Last week, Tyndale House Publishers stopped production of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven after Alex Malarkey, the boy in question, announced that he had made up the tale. Cheeky jokes about the family’s surname aside, this is a serious matter that shouldn't go gently away, but rather stand as a reminder of what it means to speak for and about God, the Christian life and the kingdom at hand.
Post-apocalyptic literature assumes the worst: pestilence, viruses and zombie uprisings fill the pages of many top-selling books, television shows and video games. It is also a genre that immediately forces questions of meaning onto its readers. What does it mean to survive? What is worth holding onto? To what lengths… [more]
Calvin College's January Series is still underway, but organizers were kind enough to share this video of one of the more intriguing talks so far: Craig Detweiler's discussion of "iGods." Based on his book, iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives, Detweiler's presentation explored the "big four" entities… [more]
At the beginning of 2014, former pastor Ryan Bell decided to try out atheism for a year (and blog about it, of course). As he put it, “For the next 12 months I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration,… [more]
From Star Wars to Spider-Man to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the movies seem full of my childhood heroes these days. It's always fun to experience the stories you grew up with through adult eyes. So when I heard about a new version of Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis, I was intrigued… [more]
How do you respond when a small group of zealots kills and terrorizes a country where you used to live? How can justice be satisfied without any hint of revenge? Does Christianity have anything to say to a world where a trip to the supermarket or a day at work… [more]
Andraé Crouch passed away yesterday and I’m still processing it. I’ve been listening to his records since I was a little kid. For the last couple of years I’ve been honored to serve as the creative director overseeing his incredible song catalog at Capitol CMG Publishing. So no, I am… [more]
Louis Fischer, the famous biographer of Mahatma Gandhi, once reflected that in a world bent on following the Old Testament injunction of an eye for an eye, everyone would go blind. His warning reveals the great danger in the current cycle of police violence and public recrimination. After the deaths… [more]
Think Christian is pleased to once again be a simulcast site for the January Series of Calvin College. Through Jan. 27, each talk will be streamed live at our offices, 6555 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, Ill. Of course, that doesn't do much for our followers outside of the Chicago… [more]
We Americans love our stuff. No doubt about it. Consumerism is as American as supersize fries. Any excess naturally brings counter movements toward the opposite extreme. One recent response to wanton consumerism is “tiny living,” a philosophy that emphasizes environmental awareness, adventurousness, self-sufficiency, simplicity, fiscal soundness and - its most… [more]
The author Flannery O’Connor said that while the culture of the American south was not actually Christ-centered, it was, in fact, “Christ haunted.” As a relatively recent transplant to the region I get her point. Even among people and institutions that have intentionally left the confines of faith, the shadow… [more]
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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.
Elijah Davidson: The early episodes are like a slap in the face. These later episodes feel more like the compassionate embrace that follows that slap reassuring viewers that it can be okay if they want it to be.
Bonnie Nicholas: Often abuse can begin in less serious ways, and then escalate so slowly that by the time it becomes problematic, it's extremely difficult.