At first blush, the redeeming value of Schitt’s Creek - a bawdy new sitcom airing on Pop - isn’t readily apparent. The title itself passes FCC muster only because of a little creative spelling. And in keeping with what the title promises, the show is laden with potty humor, coarse language and generally bad behavior. Yet despite its crass surface, the heart of Schitt’s Creek is family. The story centers on the Rose family,… [more]
One summer morning my 3-year-old son headed outside to ride his Big Wheel on our front sidewalk. He was “authorized” to ride the sidewalk between our house and our best friends’ house two doors down. We thought it was safe. A blood-curdling scream, tearful wails and a jackhammer pounding on the screen door indicated otherwise. “What’s the matter? Are you okay?” What happened?” Between… [more]
After publishing a guest post by Jessica Kantrowitz, which proposed one way that Christians might handle the prospect of baking a cake for a gay wedding, readers challenged Think Christian to clarify our position on homosexuality. We mean to answer that here. TC is ultimately a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, which distinguishes between same-sex attraction and homosexual erotic behavior, naming the latter as… [more]
“With just a little attention … he might be able to refract some of the horror and hopelessness of death into more transcendent feelings of awe and wonder and beauty.” These words, taken from the California Sunday Magazine article “Death, Redesigned,” speak to a new understand of mortality in our culture. It doesn’t take much experience with death to understand how daunting the subject truly is. Death is not… [more]
I am seriously considering taking David Brooks’ recent New York Times essay, “The Moral Bucket List,” adding a dozen Bible references, tacking on an “Amen” and preaching it this Sunday. The piece begins with these words: “About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. …They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. …They are not thinking about… [more]
National Geographic usually likes to stay above the fray, but the magazine dipped its toes into the faith-science debate with a March cover story entitled “Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?” Encouragingly, part of that package was a brief interview with Francis Collins, a Christian and director of the National Institutes of Health. It’s a fairly surface-level conversation, but it does allow Collins to stake out a… [more]
In 2008, Kelly Knox was an unknown credit controller from Enfield, North London. By the end of that year, she had won Britain’s Missing Top Model and appeared on the cover of Marie Claire. What made this particularly notable was not her previous anonymity, but the fact the Knox was born without her left arm. Knox represents a particular perspective on living with a disability. She hails from a family that refused to allow her to feel… [more]
In Jesus’ time, the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. The Israelites were allowed to live there and practice their faith for the most part, but they had to pay taxes to Caesar and obey the Roman laws. To the Israelites, the Romans were evil and ungodly. They had no place ruling over God’s chosen people in God’s chosen nation. That land had been promised to Moses and his descendants when God brought them out of Egypt. Their… [more]
More surprising than the $392 million Furious 7 took in at the box office over Easter weekend has been the number of positive reviews the action flick garnered. This usually doesn’t happen to movies starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and exploding vehicles. There may be a somber explanation for the positive reception, considering the movie is something of a memorial to co-star Paul Walker, who died in 2013 after… [more]
Were I not so lazy, I’d have a Little Free Library perched on my front lawn. Instead of running books I no longer have space for over to the local used bookstore, I’d walk across the lawn to share the “wealth” of a great book with neighbors – with anyone, really, who wanted to take, or leave, a book from my little library. But alas, perhaps it’s best I am lazy and never learned to craft a wooden box, to hinge… [more]
William Sadler: I fail to see anywhere in the Bible that Jesus condoned the promotion of sin - I see where Christians are to allow others to persecute (sin against) us, and that we are not to persecute (sin against) them. There is a world of difference between choosing to persecute them and not assisting them in committing a sin.
Kyle Essary: We may totally disagree on whether or not gay marriage leads to human flourishing, has biblical basis, etc., but we are simply asking that people respect our desire to abstain.
I often find that the people I disagree with are not content merely for me to consent to the state's legal protection of their right to behave in accordance with their beliefs. They want me to surrender my right to hold a contrary belief because, in their view, it is UNJUST for me to do so.
joshmuir: It has always seemed to be a misunderstanding: Scripture's commands to "reign" and "subdue" creation as justification for bending it to our will regardless of harm it can cause.
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.