Category: Life

BooksLifeMusingQuotes

The Threat to Reading

One of the most widely quoted sentences of Sir Francis Bacon--it comes from his essay "Of Studies"--concerns the reading of books: "Some books are to be tasted, others are to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read,…

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LifeMusingTheology

Christmas and the Wrong Side of History

When you think about it, nearly everyone and everything connected to the first Christmas was on the wrong side of history. Zechariah and Elizabeth were on the wrong side of history for sure. They were an elderly Jewish couple, living in an occupied land. They had no platform, no political clout. Even worse–they had no…

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CultureJournalismLifePolitics

It’s the Great Pariah, Charlie Brown!

Scene 1: An online "journalism" site pretends to be utterly shocked to find that two evangelical Christians, hosts of a feverishly popular home renovation show, actually attend an evangelical church, pastored by an evangelical theologian. The site earnestly contends (with no witnesses) that the orthodox sexual ethics of the church's pastor are "controversial," and insists that…

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LifePop culture

First thoughts on “Rogue One”

Some first impressions from tonight's screening of Rogue One: This is the Star Wars film that critics of George Lucas' prequels wanted instead. I told my brother-in law-in the car heading home that Rogue One is a love letter to fans of the original series. The comparisons to The Force Awakens are inevitable. But these…

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