This post is a response to one of the suggestions we’ve received on the blog. Here’s the question: “How does a Christian respond to the popular YOLO (you only live once) philosophy? Do you only live once? How many times do you live, if not? One? Three? I've heard some...
I can’t believe how many times I’ve sat on a plastic gondola as it meandered past an impossible number of singing puppets. And the song those puppets sing! So simple and repetitive—a reality that most kids love and most parents hate. It’s a Small World is my 3-year old daughter’s...
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...
Yesterday I argued that you should care about the arts because art is unavoidable—we can’t escape it, and the way we interact with art matters. In this post, I want to give another important reason for caring about the arts: The arts serve as a cultural barometer. If you want...
If that title got you interested, you’re either under six years of age (in which case you probably can’t read) or you’re a young parent. If you don’t fit either description and are reading anyhow, keep going! There are spiritual lessons to be gleaned from unlikely sources. My oldest daughter...

Beer

In a previous post, I discussed Christians and alcohol. I began by making several well-known assertions about what the Bible says, and concluded by making a few lesser-known ones. In this post, I want to continue the discussion by looking at two issues that I mentioned in passing in...

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,”...
Healthy is in right now. Or so I’m told. Though we sometimes get stressed out about the “Super-sizing” of America, I also see a huge trend toward fitness. Gym memberships, fitness boot camps, and diets of every kind. Each new dietary choice is trendier than the last, and there...
As Christians, we know that consumerism is bad. What could possibly be good about buying a bunch of stuff? I recently listened to a lecture by Michael Goheen in which he challenged his students to see the goods and the bads of every “Ism.” This makes most of us uncomfortable,...
One year ago, internationally acclaimed artist Makoto Fujimura published a small booklet entitled On Becoming Generative: An Introduction to Culture Care. This booklet, and Fujimura’s concept of “Culture Care,” have resonated with many. This month Makoto Fujimura released the full length expansion of his Culture Care concept, Culture Care:...
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