Can bad Christian art actually drive someone away from Christianity? Here's one man's story of how it happened to him. This is controversial stuff, I know, but I think it's important. It's never a bad or a sacreligious idea to ask ourselves if we're truly giving God our best work, with equal input from our hearts and our intellects, or if we're settling for mediocrity just because it feels good.READ FULL ARTICLE »
Like many of us, I like things to go my way. I want life to make sense and have an order to it. I like it when things work properly.
Of course, this makes being a dad a real challenge. In fact, it makes living in a fallen world a real pain in the spirit. This past week, I’ve been reminded of my deep, innate selfishness, as inconvenience and disorder plan a visit to my doorstep. READ FULL ARTICLE »
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 »