Month: May 2017

LifePoliticsTheology

The Parable of Anthony Weiner’s iPhone

A question that's been nagging me: Would Anthony Weiner still have a political career if he hadn't owned an iPhone? Last week Weiner pled guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a minor through his smartphone. His plea deal comes with probable prison time. Weiner, former Congressman and aspiring New York City mayor, told the…

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educationMusingPolitics

What Graduation Means

Last spring spent about four hours of a Monday night at a college graduation. My wife was being awarded her degree in elementary education, and she was joined by (according to the college president) 995 other undergraduates. Graduates were welcomed, inducted, charged, presented, and awarded, in that order. The night was long; speeches repeated, processionals and…

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CultureLifePolitics

Gotta Trust Somebody

My intention with my last post was to make a very small, but very important point. Discernment is not cynicism, and cynicism is not discernment. What passes for critical thinking is often nothing more than a defense mechanism, wired specifically to keep presuppositions from coming into contact with pushback, disappointment, or worst of all, contrary reality.…

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CultureLifeMusing

Cynicism vs Discernment

Cynicism: "I don't believe these news reports because they critique or reflect poorly on those in my political tribe." Discernment: "Of course, I have my convictions and my loyalties, but everyone, including me, is capable of doing wrong." Cynicism: "The problem is clearly that these media outlets have an agenda against my tribe. You can't trust them." Discernment: "Bias is real,…

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CultureLifePolitics

Being Eaten By Lions on Facebook

What does Proverbs 22:13 have to do with social media and public discourse? The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!” Now, you don’t have to have a Ph.D. in Old Testament to know that waking up near a lion was not an unheard of event in the…

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CulturePop cultureTheology

A Last Word About “13 Reasons Why”

Since registering my deep concerns with the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," I've been pleased to see more thoughts from others, like Russell Moore and Trevin Wax. Non-Christian therapy and counseling professionals are likewise alarmed, and apparently there's been enough of a backlash that Netflix has pledged to put more "trigger warnings" into the show.…

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CultureMusingPolitics

The Outraged Are Always Right

It's getting really bad out there. Americans, including very intelligent, thoughtful ones, simply cannot abide the mere presence of someone they don't agree with. How else to explain the spectacle of allegedly reasonable people scurrying to punish The New York Times for hiring Bret Stephens to write op-eds? Stephens, his critics charge, is a climate…

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