Category: Media

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]

In defense of “basic” culture (yes, even Pumpkin Spice Lattes)

Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything. While this delicious flavor has become a marker of autumn, it is also an attribute of what's come to be known as “basic” culture. Someone considered basic is known for her (yes, it’s usually a her) zealous love of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PSL for short), leggings partnered with Ugg boots and tweets littered with the hashtag #blessed. …  [more]

Balancing vigilance and providence in the face of Ebola

I work in an office building 204 miles from the Dallas hospital where Thomas Eric Duncan died earlier this month, marking the first Ebola diagnosis and fatality in North America. The conversations among coworkers that day veered far from the normal topics to discussions of life and death ethics. Last week, 43 people who had direct contact with Duncan were released from quarantine in good health. Two nurses…  [more]

Reconsidering relatability

An off-handed Twitter comment from radio personality Ira Glass about Shakespeare has set forth an interesting discussion about what it means to find a story “relatable” and whether or not we should prefer to engage media that is relatable for us. Rebecca Mead of the New Yorker, for instance, is concerned that the use of the word reduces our interest in art to only how it reflects ourselves as we would…  [more]

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