A recent Pew study notes that divorce is contagious. The research team “found that study participants were 75% more likely to become divorced if a friend is divorced and 33% more likely to end their marriage if a friend of a friend is divorced.” Further, the article notes the obvious cause and effect: if my friends’ marriages are strong and stable, mine is more likely to be as well. Marriages endure within the context of “strong, supportive friendship networks,” because the support of friends… [more]
It's that time of the year when we find ourselves thinking about stars. The ones we place on our Christmas trees, the ones glittering in storefront decorations and the one that led the Magi to Jesus. Our family nativity set didn't come with a star, but my daughter found a… [more]
This is the first installment in Advent All Around, a Think Christian series that sees reflections of Advent in the culture at large. You’ve probably heard of the seven-minute lull – the theory that every seven minutes, each conversation experiences a potentially awkward silence. I am not particularly fond of… [more]
A few days a week I work in an office in downtown Austin. Intersections at two corners of the high rise channel a stream of homeless men and women to churches giving out food and shelter. No matter which way I arrive, I cannot escape the sight of this daily,… [more]
Katy Perry is back with what is sure to be one of the best-selling records of the year. With production and songwriting contributions by several of the biggest names in pop, there is no denying its professionalism and polish. But the light that passes through Perry’s Prism is fractured at… [more]
Sacrifice is a tenet of the Christian faith, so it was interesting to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and note that characters seemed to be sacrificing themselves about every 10 minutes. The second screen adaptation of the Suzanne Collins book series, Catching Fire finds teen heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer… [more]
The prayer journal of Southern Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor was released a little over a week ago and already the buzz abounds. Friends, colleagues and writers I admire are talking excitedly about having this slim book in their hands. Renowned author Marilynne Robinson has even pondered it for The New… [more]
OK, it’s time to admit it. I’m a Whovian. I’m excited about the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special – “The Day of the Doctor” - that will be shown on BBC America around the world this Saturday. When I was a young teen, every Saturday night I would tune in… [more]
Retail giant Amazon garnered big headlines this month by partnering with the United States Postal Service to offer Sunday delivery. Some might ask why this is even a story. After all, it’s not news for retailers or restaurants to be open on Sunday. And the USPS actually did deliver on… [more]
Richard Renaldi, a photographer in New York City, is creating foretastes of heaven on earth. Renaldi is taking total strangers off the street and intimately posing them for a project he calls Touching Strangers. His portraits are compelling. Two individuals who don’t even know each other appear to care for… [more]
One of the more recent voices in the church’s debate over same-sex relationships is James V. Brownson’s Bible Gender Sexuality. The book argues that an exegesis of the undergirding “moral logic” of Scripture concerning prohibitions against same-sex eroticism reveals that such prohibitions should not apply to long-term, committed, same-sex relationships… [more]
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Bronwyn Lea: Even if God didn't command us specifically to remember Christmas, we have the freedom to create liturgies and practices which celebrate the incarnation.
JR. Forasteros 1: I would say that Peeta (is) about the only one coming close to something akin to Jesus' wholly selfless sacrifice on behalf of his beloved. The other acts seemed to be more motivated by resistance to the Empire/courage/etc.
Branson Parler 1: Plato's Symposium describes same-sex attraction in a way that is similar to our concept of orientation. If it's the case that there is something like that going on, then Brownson's case becomes much less sustainable.
Whitney H: I would caution against using the argument of procreation as a means to discount committed, homosexual relations. As a Christian woman who has (along with my husband) prayerfully chosen to adopt children (not due to infertility), I see just how weak that argument is.
Ron Geyer: One need not assume the demise of Apple to question this design. Even if the company flourishes, this geometry can't be expanded without doing violence to its intended "perfection."
Tristram S.: I think much can be gained from a thoughtful artist's approach to any aspect of faith and the Bible, regardless of their intended faithfulness to the text.