Category: Media

A note about our “bake for them two” post

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,…  [more]

The Christian undergirding of David Brooks’ moral bucket list

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.…  [more]

Salvation through information: TED talks and the church

In a recent New York Times article, “The Church of TED,” Megan Hustad compared TED talks to evangelical tent revivals. She sees TED as a “secular religion” of sorts. From their missionary zeal for self-improvement and world improvement to the emotional satisfaction engendered among the TED faithful, the parallels Hustad draws between TED and church are instructive. I tend to agree with Hustad…  [more]

Monica Lewinsky on the price of shame

In her well-received TED talk last week, Monica Lewinsky reminded her audience that many of today’s young adults were only children in 1998, when she became infamous overnight for her relationship with then-president Bill Clinton. She learned then what many have learned since: news travels fast and far in the digital age, especially when it’s mortifying. In her talk, “The Price of Shame,”…  [more]

Beer, bread, chocolate - and Jesus?

I apologize in advance to those of you who don't live within driving distance of Chicago, because I'm about to literally whet your appetite for something you won't be able to attend. On Tuesday, April 7, I'll be sitting down with TC contributor John J. Thompson to discuss his new book, Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate; Crafting a Hand-Made Faith in a Mass Market World. The best part? We'll be doing it…  [more]

The prophetic subversion of “I’m just here so I don’t get fined”

In his (required) pre-Super Bowl press conference last week, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch simultaneously delighted fans and frustrated reporters by responding to every question with the same statement: “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” In their Super Bowl special Friday night, Key and Peele exaggerated his avant-garde press conference, replying instead, “Biscuits and…  [more]

TC once again partnering with Calvin College’s January Series

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 area (like, um, those of you in New Zealand). So we'll also be sharing video of a talk or two here on the site. We anticipate…  [more]

Top posts of 2014

There’s a nice variety of topics among our most-read posts of 2014, one I’d like to think reflects the breadth of subjects we try to explore at Think Christian. From end-of-life decisions to faith-science deliberations to the politics of contraception (with a little Noah and U2 thrown in for the arts crowd), our five most popular articles certainly didn’t hammer the same nail. Thanks for rewarding…  [more]

Kids these days: Parsing that interview with Jaden and Willow Smith

Just playing devil’s advocate here: maybe Will and Jada Smith are just like any other good parents who believe their children possess a particular brand of genius. Let’s be honest, if the New York Times style magazine wanted to feature our kids’ accomplishments and precocious personalities in an interview, we’d let them. Otherwise why are we all filling the Internet up with the videos, photos…  [more]

What Christians lose if we don’t have net neutrality

It’s been a weird couple of weeks on the digital frontier. People of faith and fans of the not-so-mainstream should particularly pay attention. President Barack Obama officially spoke in favor of net neutrality on Monday, advising the FCC to issue rules that would prevent massive corporations from dominating the new media landscape by creating Internet “fast lanes” for themselves, while leaving…  [more]

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