Category: Musing

BooksLifeMusing

Profane Public Squares

The Amazon Top 20 nonfiction lists includes two bestsellers, both from HarperOne, that include the f-word in their title and on their covers. A single asterisk keeps both titles from their honest spellings. My memory will not win any awards, but I simply do not recall ever seeing a trade book in Barnes and Noble…

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BooksCultureLifeMusing

Something Better Than Friendship

Rereading my way through C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves, I was struck by Lewis's blunt words about "wanting friends" and the essence of genuine friendship: That is why those pathetic people who simply "want friends" can never make any. The very condition of having Friends is that we should want something else besides Friends. Where…

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7 Thoughts From the News Cycle

I will probably elaborate on some of these points in future posts. For now, I offer 7 stray observations on the last few weeks of American culture: 1) American manhood is in crisis. Men in our society lack religious affiliation, communal bonds, and healthy role models. As far as I can tell, sports, mass media,…

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MusingTheology

Could Jeff Hood Be Your Elder?

This is one of the most bizarre interviews you'll read this year. It took me a couple readings to determine whether it was satire. The Amazon book attributed to the interviewee is real enough, so there goes that theory. Now, one thing I'd like to gently rebuke my fellow evangelicals for is the tendency we…

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Hate Watching

I didn't watch the Emmys last night (in fact, I didn't know they were on). But the morning after Hollywood award shows is always an interesting time on Christian social media. One of the most reliable tropes in evangelical "cultural engagement" is the blog or Facebook post about how godless showbiz is, and how the…

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MusingPoliticsTheology

Racism and the Reformed Church

I would urge you this weekend to find, or make, 50 minutes to listen to Duke Kwon's address on racism and the Christian church. Andrew Wilson flagged it on his blog and called it the best message he's heard all year. That's not hyperbole. This is a powerful, uncomfortable, thoroughly Christian sermon on the history…

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CultureLifeMusing

Why I Gave Up Being a Movie Critic

At one time in my life I had very serious aspirations to sit for hours at a time in a movie theater, watch films, write about them, and make money (or at least, break even!). I no longer have those desires. I still love movies, and am rarely happier than in a cinema. And I…

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CultureLifeMusing

Tweet-less

Since deactivating my Twitter account two weeks ago, the following reflections have come to me: If there were any question before that my relationship with Twitter was addictive, now that it's gone, I have zero doubt. It seems to me that sometimes you can't tell how hooked you are until you're off the hook. I…

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LifeMusingTheology

No Divination Against Israel

When Balak the king of Moab sees the victory of the Israelites against the Amorites, he calls for one of his oracles, Balaam (Numbers 22-24). "Curse this people for me, " he says, "since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for…

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A Modesty Proposal

Here's how to end once and for all the evangelical "modesty war" Get the Right side of the debate to admit that women aren't inherent stumbling blocks and that sexual purity is not the greatest good. In response, the Left side of the debate acknowledges that the Bible has the right to command how we…

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