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When I was growing up in the Baptist church, I never knew what people saw or heard when they were alone with God. I just knew he never spoke to me so clearly. I watched as the men presented themselves, hands clasped behind their sports coats, heads bowed, stepping toward the altar. “Brother Jones has come here tonight to announce his calling into the mission field,” boomed the pastor. The congregation “Amen-ed.” I shifted in my lightly-padded pew, reached into my purse for a hard candy. At 10 years old, it’s the only thing I kept in that purse. Calling only happened to men. And when it did, they claimed it with such lock-jawed certainty, it was as if God had pulled them to the sidelines of their big football game, dropped to one knee and outlined their next play with the infallible tip of his dry-erase marker. I never felt called in the traditional sense. In college...
In the spirit of “What’s Making Us Happy,” here is an invitation to simply marvel in gratitude at the many great things our fellow humans have created.
When I was surfing the internet, as one does these days, I came across an article that I read and promptly forgot where I read it. But the main content of the article, and one line in particular have stood with me. The author was waxing eloquent about his nostalgia for the emo music of the previous decade when it “was cool to care.” He contrasts this with current popular music, which eschews emotion in favour of a studied detachment. The article stuck with me for two reasons. First, although emo music was never something I got into in my younger days, I listen to a fair amount now because my husband loves it. The whining despair and hopeless situations of these poor musicians cannot help but put a smile on his face and an extra spring in his step. The second reason it stuck with me is that the author’s descriptions of current pop music put me in...
Christian Academia needs to learn to speak to the person in the pew.
The role of theology in the church is not to add complexity, but to discern priorities.
Suffering & evil used to be one of the most common objections to Christianity. But I think a new objection has been on the rise in our postmodern culture.
Two of the most devastating things to the spiritual life are lack of responsibility & an overwhelming sense of self worth displayed as guilt and shame.
In considering TV, Wallace calls us to authenticity, to sincerity, to restore irony to its rightful place—for use as a wake-up call, not as a lifestyle.
American political discourse falls into a nearly liturgical rhetorical pattern that makes real debate impossible.