Category: Life

LifeMusingTheology

Policing the Purity Police

As someone who is generally sympathetic to the ideological quadrant from whence arguments like this one come, I am slow, usually, to critique writers who call for more purity, more clarity, and more protection for men and women in the church. That said, I think telling brothers and sisters in the local church that they…

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LifeMusingTheology

4 Requests to Young Evangelical Writers

Please don't believe, or write as if you believe, that your personal experiences are a fully reliable path to understanding. Everyone who has life has experiences, and those experiences do shape us in meaningful ways. But here's the problem: Different people have different experiences, and different experiences can yield wildly different, even contradictory, notions of reality.…

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CultureLifeMusing

On Moral Equivalency and Xbox

A friend of mine got a (predictably) hostile reaction on Facebook when he recently posted this status: If you are a young man wishing he had a young woman with whom to spend Valentine's Day, the single biggest thing you can do to improve your prospects is to stop playing video games. I am not…

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Why Do Liberals Love Harry Potter?

My favorite read of the day is this article on understanding why progressives, especially millennials in the Obama to post-Obama era, are so in love with using the Harry Potter stories as metaphors for America's current cultural moment. The author has an interesting theory, one that I (mostly) agree with: American liberals love Harry Potter…

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Dreams Can Break Your Heart

My wife and I saw La La Land last night. I found it dazzlingly entertaining, and even more than a bit moving. Emma Stone fully deserves her Oscar nomination (Ryan Gosling was fine, but his performance has been overrated). I think it's one of my favorite films from last year. I was genuinely surprised by the…

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Abortion Over The Atlantic

The first thing readers should know about Moira Weigel’s essay in The Atlantic is its original title. When the piece went live early Tuesday morning, that title was “How the Ultrasound Pushed the Idea That a Fetus Is a Person.” But by 1PM on the east coast, the article bore a new moniker: “How the…

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LifeMusingPop culture

The Thrill Is Gone

Some scattered thoughts about that Sherlock finale....[warning: possible spoilers ahead] To me, the whole of season 4 has been a scattered, hokey, delight-scarce mess. "The Final Problem" epitomized that characterization. Yes, it was interesting, in the same way that lots of lousy books get finished by virtue of sheer, morbid curiosity. But there was just…

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BooksJournalismLife

Who Framed Christopher Hitchens?

One of my favorite books from 2016 was Larry Taunton's The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, which I reviewed for Mere-O. I found it to be a gripping spiritual biography of an atheist. No, the words "spiritual biography of an atheist" are not self-contradictory. Atheists have spiritual lives, whether they cop to the fact or not.…

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Thoughts on Christian Publishing

On Twitter, Jared Wilson flagged this list of the bestselling Christian books of 2016. I've seen previous iterations of this list, and each one that I've seen looks frighteningly alike. The gentlest way to say it: the Christian publishing industry is utterly dominated by therapeutic self-help literature. What's more, the sheer amount of non-literature on the…

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LifeMusingTheology

Disappointed By Christmas

I've heard several people say the days and weeks after Christmas are one of the sadder and more melancholy times of the year for them. True for me as well. My parents have told me that when I was younger they watched as I emotionally primed myself for Christmas Day, only to seem sad and distant after…

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