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  • Who's Obsessed Here?

    The Christian who feels compelled to assure everybody that he or she is TOTALLY FINE with same-sex marriage, and on board with LGBT issues in general, is becoming a more and more common trope. In the past few weeks alone, I've run across it in two different books by Christians: "My Bright Abyss," a book by poet Christian Wiman about dealing with terminal illness, and "A Pelican of the Wilderness," by UCC pastor Robert W. Griggs, a book about dealing with depression. Most recently, I saw it in an interview with actor and church worship leader Charlie Pollock. READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Boycott College? Not So Fast

    In certain conservative circles, I've noticed, anti-college sentiment has been steadily growing. Matt Walsh encapsulates much of that sentiment here (H/T Alan Noble).

    The biggest problem with this sentiment is its all-or-nothing nature. One can acknowledge the flaws in modern higher education and the troubling trend of crippling student loan debt without calling on everyone to "boycott college." Not everyone should go, certainly, but many students benefit in countless ways from the college experience. And they benefit others too, just by being there. After all, we know how bad things can get when a significant number of Christians withdraws altogether from a particular area. (Look what it did to the entertainment industry!)
  • Houston Mayor May Rethink Sermon Subpoenas

    After the uproar over Houston pastors being required to turn over all sermons dealing with any aspect of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (which Eric Metaxas will be talking about tomorrow on BreakPoint Radio), the city is rethinking things. Mayor Annise Parker has admitted that the subpoenas were too broad and promises that they "will be clarified."

    Or as Alan Eason put it on Facebook: "If you like your sermons, you can keep your sermons."

    (Note: An earlier version of this post said that the city had "backed down," but the Alliance Defending Freedom states that the city has not yet taken "concrete action.")READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Shane Makes a Splash

    It's not easy having a young, intelligent, and spirited assistant editor. G. Shane Morris, who goes by his middle name, is never afraid to "call 'em as he sees 'em." So I try to monitor his, shall we say, Web footprint.

    You may have heard that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee called out Republicans on the issue of gay marriage, saying that they need to "grow a spine." Well, Rand Paul's folks went to Facebook to say that Republicans should agree to disagree on the issue. That's when Shane weighed in with a comment . . . which as of now has more than 1,400 likes.

    See below. READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • The New Definition of 'Hubris'

    That would be declaring oneself "a first-rate intellect" for believing that it's acceptable to destroy what one admits is an unborn human life.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • More on the Sperm Bank Lawsuit

    On the new Christ & Pop Culture podcast, we discuss (among other things) the lawsuit against the sperm bank that John Stonestreet talked about yesterday.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • The Life You Save May Be Your Own

    I beg your indulgence. This blog is more personal testimony than social commentary.

    About two and a half years ago, a young filmmaker and I began to talk about the challenges keeping pornography users from getting the help they need. One of the biggest obstacles, we agreed, was shame. Shame is the lock on the door of an already self-closed life. For an addict, acting out with pornography perpetuates a cycle of shame that leads to isolation and an ever-diminishing sense of self. It takes courage to ask for help, and sometimes courage must come from others. READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • How Not to Write about Faith and Homosexuality

    Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy gives a textbook example, right here. In the middle of a story about a Maryland church helping black gay teens leave gang life behind, he has to make it all about support for same-sex marriage -- as if church members who don't support one specific item that the LGBT community is pushing for couldn't possibly help these kids.

    Unfortunately, that kind of writing will continue, because most readers don't see the problem with it. In fact, that's the kind of writing that tends to get applauded and rewarded.READ FULL ARTICLE »

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