Category: Social Trends

Let’s Not Throw “She” and “He” Out With the Grammatical Bathwater

The fact that the English language has no neutral singular personal pronoun has long vexed linguists, writers, and college freshmen. It’s also a problem that’s been in the news in recent years. In 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported growing acceptance of the use of “they” as a singular pronoun among copy editors. Later linguists at the American Dialect Society voted “they” as…  [more]

Rod Dreher on Cultural Engagement and The Benedict Option

“There are people alive today who may live to see the effective death of Christianity within our civilization.” So suggests Rod Dreher in his new book The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. Dreher claims that the West has come to reject the principal tenets of Christianity. In fact, he says, not only has society at large bought into nominalism, come to value…  [more]

Self-care as a Spiritual Discipline

“Self-care” is a popular term that can be found everywhere these days, from Christian circles to secular magazines. It can refer to anything from a day at the spa to getting enough sleep to taking a luxurious vacation. I’m interested in looking at that phrase from a Christian perspective. What does the care of self have to do with our discipleship practices? In Scripture we are called to be doers…  [more]

How Should Christians Navigate the Gender Revolution?

Katie Couric recently hosted a documentary entitled Gender Revolution on the National Geographic channel. A companion piece to the latest edition of National Geographic magazine, the documentary focused on matters relating to intersex and transgender people. Essentially, it raised questions about a world where it’s not merely gender roles that are up for grabs, but gender itself. The documentary was strongest…  [more]

Repair Cafes vs Throwaway Culture

When Life magazine ran an article on “Throwaway Living” in 1955, who would have guessed that the pope would reference the term nearly six decades later? In 2013, describing what he called an “economy of exclusion,” Pope Francis expanded his ecological critique of consumer culture to include human beings, who are “considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded.” Repair…  [more]

Making Space for Pro-Life Feminists

During a week in which Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of nonviolent protest, I’ve paid special attention to a protest planned to coincide with Friday’s presidential inauguration. The Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday morning, is expected to draw 200,000 participants, with sister marches planned for all 50 states and 55 cities across six continents.…  [more]

Living as a Christian in a Post-truth World

Some years ago, I read an article that made a startling claim: the Information Age was about to usher in a new Dark Age, in which the difficulty of distinguishing truth from falsehood and significant from trivial would render us not unlike the pre-literate cultures of long ago. It was a prospect I found difficult to imagine. All these years later, however, it’s not only imaginable—it’s here: a new…  [more]

Why I Changed My Mind About Yoga

A yoga studio is about as common as a Starbucks in New York City. Every few blocks there is a studio welcoming the busy New Yorker to come in, develop a yoga practice, and breathe. As I walk to and from the subway, I see yogis wearing t-shirts that exclaim “Namaste” or “Sleep. Eat. Yoga.” When I moved to New York to fulfill my call as a Minister of Word and Sacrament, I passed each studio…  [more]

Should legal marijuana be met with theology or fear?

In recent years there has been a growing movement across the United States to legalize marijuana, both for medical and recreational purposes. Christians are not always of one mind on this topic. Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly recently blogged against legalization, citing Colorado’s decision to do so in 2014. In giving his reasons, Daly expressed concerns ranging from increased crime, the strain on state…  [more]

Meeting people where they’re at (even if it’s McDonald’s)

In many circles, McDonald’s has become shorthand for poor food choices. I regularly see Facebook memes about how the company’s food takes forever to decay, while the 2004 film Super Size Me followed a documentarian who ate McDonalds every meal for a month, to the detriment of his health. Certainly, French fries and soda are not the healthiest foods and contribute to America’s obesity problem. Like…  [more]

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