Last week I did a series of posts on Jesus and his church as the Light of the World. Today I want to add one final related thought. Flannery O’Connor was a brilliant fiction writer. She was also Catholic and deeply committed to Scripture. Though her fiction is often dark...
Sometimes the concepts that we interact with every day and take for granted are the most fascinating to explore. Consider beauty. A recognition and appreciation of beauty is a part of the universal human experience. But why? Have you ever tried to define beauty? How is it that we...
What could Thomas Kinkade possibly have in common with Quentin Tarantino? Both of these artists are famous for portraying only one side of reality. Which means that both give us a deficient view of the world. Of course, artists can’t present every aspect of reality in every work, nor...
We’ve all heard the saying, and most of us have probably said it ourselves. Jesus is the reason for the season. But is it true? You’ve probably heard vague statements about the pagan origins of Christmas. My guess is that Christian responses to these claims cover the following spectrum: “That’s not...
Christians tend to be suspicious of the arts. It hasn’t always been that way, but the Protestant tradition in particular has always had an awkward relationship to artistic expression (as opposed to propositional statements). Some key figures in the Reformation responded to the idolatry they saw in the artistry...
I’m not a politician, nor an economist. I’m the last one who could wax eloquent about our economic crisis, and I have no clue how to get out of it or when we will get back on our feet—if ever. But from what I’ve been told, America has faced...

JesUSAves?

Disclaimer: I know not all our readers are from the US.  I trust you can apply this in your context or you can just laugh at us. Walk into a typical conservative evangelical church over a 4th of July weekend and you’re guaranteed to see one: a t-shirt declaring “JesUSAves,”...
A couple weeks before Thanksgiving, Sufjan Stevens released the latest installment in his Christmas music dynasty. Many, many, many musicians create Christmas music. But no one does it like Sufjan. For most people, Christmas music means Mariah Carey, Chris Tomlin, or the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. But Sufjan has a small army...
We often think that popular culture is all about mindless entertainment. But we shouldn’t. In many ways, musicians and filmmakers are the philosophers of our day. Whether or not we realize it or care, they guide us in thinking through some of life’s most important issues. This week I’ve been...
I have already made a lot of fuss about The Hunger Games (click here, here, or here), but I can’t resist at least one more post. A friend of mine watched the movie in the theater on opening night. The house was packed. The audience rode the emotional roller...
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