In this poignant tribute to Beth Hall Mitchell, a mutual (online) friend of ours who died this week, Alan Noble argues that indeed they can:
"I’m told by people who lived and worked with Beth that the vitality, honesty, and compassion she conveyed online was exactly the person she was offline, and I believe it. We are all so skeptical about the possibility of building any meaningful relationships over the internet, but Beth’s witness shows that 'real' community, with vulnerability and obligations and joy and weeping and love, can exist wherever people are willing to use words to bear with one another over time."READ FULL ARTICLE »
Michael Wear, a former staffer at the White House Faith-Based Office under President Obama, argues that Obama would have done a lot to reduce abortion if Republican pro-lifers had been more willing to work with him. Frankly, having seen many instances of leftists' immovability on the issue -- which even Wear is forced to admit to -- I'm skeptical. But I give Wear credit for at least recognizing the importance of the goal, and I wish there were more like him.READ FULL ARTICLE »
I realize it's only January, but I believe that Paul Maxwell's article "Let's Stay" may just be the best article I'll read all year. Maxwell gets at the heart of the problems plaguing young men in our society:
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A lot of Eagle Scouts put the award on their college applications and perhaps even on their resumes early in their careers. And why not? It’s a significant accomplishment. But it’s not so common that one’s tenure as a Scout becomes a topic for national debate during the Cabinet confirmation process.
But that’s exactly what is happening to Rex Tillerson, who is President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State. The reason: Tillerson was in a leadership role with the Boy Scouts of America when the organization began letting openly gay men and boys be a part of the program. The topic has come up repeatedly in recent media profiles of Tillerson.
Which is why it was strange that Tillerson’s positions on gay rights got no scrutiny during his questioning by the U.S. Senate this week. READ FULL ARTICLE »
JOSH: The first key is to stay alive! Having regular physical check ups has been critical for me. I would suggest beginning around age forty. Second, live a good life without a lot of guilt, shame and regret. Third, maintain great memories. Once you hit 50, family pictures become much more important for maintaining a healthy perspective on life. Fourth, don’t slow down too much. Exercise, be active, and keep pursuing important things in life. Fifth, work on relationships. Being married to your mom has added years to my life. She has helped me so much in my life, especially coping with the sexual abuse I experienced as a child. And finally, have someone who worries about you. The other day I went jogging and it took longer than normal. My wife, and another of our friends, went looking for me. Later I thought, “Lord Jesus, thank you that there’s someone who will worry about me.” In the end, a lot of aging well is about having the right attitude.
Author and critic Nat Hentoff, who passed away last weekend at age 91, was an atheist, a liberal -- and a committed pro-lifer. As Karen Swallow Prior, who has long been inspired by his work, recalls in a powerful tribute: "Reading Hentoff’s work, I was awed at one for whom integrity meant more than merely marching in lockstep with his own kind." READ FULL ARTICLE »
I know I’m not the only Jane Austen fan who wishes the great English author had been able to complete more novels before her early death. But I didn’t know until a short time ago that three prayers she wrote for use in evening family devotions still exist.
Christian author Terry Glaspey has gathered these prayers into a lovely little illustrated book titled “The Prayers of Jane Austen.”As Glaspey notes, these prayers make clear that, while “many biographers have downplayed the faith aspect of her life, the unprejudiced reader finds it abundantly clear that she was a Christian writer.” In her daily life and in her writing, “wit and wisdom joined hands with a living faith.” READ FULL ARTICLE »
Last week I had an experience I will remember for a long time. Since it was raining outside, we took my three kids and some of their cousins to Big Air Trampoline Park to get some of their energy out.
The place was packed full of young kids and their parents. While my kids were enjoying the trampolines, dodge ball, and the climbing wall, I found an open seat in the small café to edit some of the chapters for an update I am working on with my father for his classic book, "Evidence that Demands a Verdict."
A middle-aged man plopped down right next to me and asked if he could join me to rest his back. “Sure, no problem,” I said. Then he noticed the book I was holding (which was "Four Views on the Historical Adam"), and asked if it was an apologetics book.
After I explained that it was primarily theological, but dealt with apologetic issues as well, he simply said, “Interesting, but I have no need for apologetics.” His comment piqued my interest, and so of course I asked why he didn’t personally need apologetics.