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Pop culture’s parentless playground

There has been much interest in a recent New York Times Magazine piece by A.O. Scott tracing the demise of American adulthood through the lens of popular culture. Citing the likes of Mad Men, young-adult fiction and comic-book movies, Scott observes that we have “witnessed the erosion of traditional adulthood…  [more]

TC at Level Ground’s Chicago Road Show

If you're in the Chicago area this weekend, I hope you'll join me Saturday for Level Ground's Chicago Road Show, where I'll be representing Think Christian and leading a movie workshop. It promises to be a day of important dialogue about faith, gender, film and sexuality. My session, scheduled for…  [more]

Jim Gaffigan and the food purity movement

Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. He jokes about kids, being a dad and liking food too much. I can relate. His book Dad is Fat spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Both his Comedy Central special, Obsessed, and book, Food: A Love Story,…  [more]

The common grace of fake vacation destinations

I recently returned from a trip in which I visited Norway, Mexico, California - even outer space and the future. In other words, I went to Disney World with my family. While Disney has been a part of the vacation landscape for quite some time, there is a new trend…  [more]

Christian hospitality and the sharing economy

A recent Time article highlighted the legal issues faced by companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Lyft. These companies are part of the sharing economy, which uses technology to connect consumer demand with goods and services provided by individuals rather than traditional businesses. In my hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich.,…  [more]

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