Category: News & Politics

Beyoncé’s spiritual Formation

While I have always appreciated Beyoncé’s presence in the entertainment business, I never donned wings for the BeyHive. What I have loved most about Beyoncé is how hard she works — she dances hard, she sings hard and she goes hard on the creativity. (I mean, dropping a video with no announcement — like whoa!) In addition to her career, she seems to take very seriously the relationships…  [more]

Why we’re not ready for reparations

The subject of reparations has reemerged after a reporter asked Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders whether or not he would support them if elected. Sanders answered, "No, I don’t think so. First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive.” Sanders’ response irked The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, who…  [more]

Why Lego’s wheelchair minifigure is fearfully and wonderfully made

A new Lego minifigure has been greeted with celebration, even though it has nothing to do with Star Wars or superheroes. Instead, this figurine is of a young man in a wheelchair sporting a hoodie and beanie cap. Lego had previously released a minifigure of an elderly man in a wheelchair for their Duplo line, but that received criticism from disability activists for reinforcing the stereotype that wheelchairs are…  [more]

The overlooked virtue of Marie Kondo

It seems like a lot of people respond to Marie Kondo’s KonMari method of organization in the same way I did when I first heard about it: with a mixture of attraction and repulsion. Kondo’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, encourages methodically purging and organizing different categories of objects. Her recently published second book, Spark Joy, asks an important question about that…  [more]

Eboo Patel on interfaith leadership

We have another video from Calvin College’s ongoing January Series for you, this time of Eboo Patel’s presentation on “Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Religious and Philosophical Diversity in the 21st Century.” An American Muslim of Indian heritage, Patel has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground, and is founder and executive director of the…  [more]

Barna study details porn’s pervasive influence – including in the church

Barna Group has released a new study surveying the current cultural influence of pornography, including within the church, and it’s not encouraging. If some of you have wondered why we regularly cover the topic here at Think Christian, this is the reason. Nearly 3,000 people participated in Barna’s four online studies, which included in-depth surveys among the general population, American teenagers,…  [more]

The continued shame of college sports

Today marks the College Football Playoff National Championship, featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide versus the Clemson Tigers. As an avid sports fan, my thoughts about college sports are mixed. On the one hand, I recognize the good of physical activity, the engaging challenge of competition and the community and identity provided by college sports. On the other hand, many thinkers, including Taylor Branch, have…  [more]

A call for cautious co-belligerence

“We are too busy withholding mercy from the living so that we might display a big spectacle of how much we want mercy to be shown to the unborn.” With these words, Michelle Higgins sparked a controversy and drew national attention to a missions conference in St. Louis last week. Higgins, the director of Faith for Justice and an activist for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, shared her comments during this…  [more]

Join us for Calvin College’s January Series

For the third year in a row, it’s our pleasure to be a simulcast site for Calvin College’s January Series, a program of lectures from world-class thinkers on topics of faith and culture. Through Jan. 26, each talk will be streamed live at our offices, 6555 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, Ill. Because this isn’t very helpful to those of you who don’t live in the Chicago area, we’ll also…  [more]

Top posts of 2015

At Think Christian, we honor God’s sovereignty over all things by tackling a wide range of topics. Readers once again rewarded that vision by making a diverse set of articles the most popular of 2015. Our five most-read posts of the year touched on everything from abortion to atheism, and from Twenty One Pilots to pornography. There is also a consideration of same-sex marriage in the mix for good measure. It…  [more]

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