As a cultural commentator, I ought to be able to handle the story of the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations with detachment and objectivity. I ought to write a neat and tidy post about . . . something, I don't know. Something moral and righteous and Christian worldview-related. How we're all prone to sin, or the danger of idolizing famous people, or how performers aren't really the people they pretend to be, or sexism or classism or human rights. I ought to sum it all up with a Bible verse and hit "publish" and be satisfied with a job well done.
Writing at The Huffington Post, Antonia Bloomberg reports on the shocking revelation that those who hold orthodox beliefs about God and the Bible generally oppose same-sex marriage.
Published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Clemson sociologist Andrew Whitehead's study finds that Americans who talk about God with masculine pronouns (like the Bible does) also tend to believe in marriage solely between a man and a woman. "Individuals who ascribe to a masculine image of God," says Whitehead, "are much more likely to espouse traditional gender ideologies compared to those who do not view God as masculine." The same apparently holds true for those with high regard for Scripture, and those who are members of conservative denominations.
If Captain Obvious were a Marvel superhero, Disney would tap this guy to play the role. READ FULL ARTICLE »
A few hours ago, I read about a famous athlete about whom I know two things: He’s dating a “celebrity,” and he is a Christian. So I Googled the celebrity, curious about her faith. In the midst of my inconclusive “research” I asked myself, “What are you doing this? No good can come of it.”
All too true. At best, I would “approve” of his choice in girlfriends, and at worst I would disapprove. Either way, I was running afoul of Jesus’ and James’ admonitions not to judge my brother. (Clearly, our Lord’s family was big on not judging.)
This got me to thinking about how vital—as in the Latin vitalis, “of or belonging to life” —it is for the Christian to guard his thoughts and what goes into shaping them. READ FULL ARTICLE »
After a week spent with my wife recuperating and adjusting to family life with a fourth member, I'm overjoyed to give the official BreakPoint announcement: Elijah Gabriel Morris, my new son, was born November 8 at 9:38 A.M. He's healthy, happy, and doing what babies love to do. And his big sister (two years old) won't stop playing second mom.
Two colleagues have told me I look surprisingly well-rested, another has told me I look exhausted. I'm not sure what to think, except that I'm glad I'm not my wife. We're both thanking God He gave mothers superpowers, and that He delivered our new little boy safely. Looking forward to introducing him to family over Thanksgiving!
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" is being promoted as the latest effort to "put Christ back in Christmas." But the actor raised a few eyebrows when he promoted the film with a short video in which he said, "If you are a mom, if you are a wife, if you are the keeper of your home, I want you to know that your joy is so important this Christmas. Because Christmas is about joy and if the joy of the Lord is your strength, remember the joy of the mom is her children’s strength."
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Is it okay for a Muslim actor to play Jesus? Can atheists and agnostics actually make good religious movies? (Might they even make the best religious movies?) These are some questions that are being discussed lately. I think they're great questions, worthy of some serious thought. They make us ponder the nature of both faith and art, how they relate to one another, and who really owns the stories we think of as "ours."
Also, they remind me of a great passage from Dorothy L. Sayers, which is always a good thing. (I've tried in vain to track down the exact quote; it'll probably pop up somewhere as soon as I hit "Publish.") When someone assumed that she always cast Christian actors in her religious dramas, Sayers countered that, no, she cast actors who looked the part and were capable of acting it well.