I cried on the way to the office this morning. Believe me, that’s not typical (it’s probably typical only amongst teenage girls, but then again, teenage girls don’t typically drive to the office in the morning). I couldn’t help it. I was listening to a song that I’d heard...
Like well over four million other people, I have been reading (“devouring” is probably more accurate) first Freakonomics, and now SuperFreakonomics. These groundbreaking books, written by an insightful economist with brilliant curiosities (Steven D. Levitt) and a talented journalist (Stephen J. Dubner), explore “the hidden side of everything.” They...

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,”...
Do you ever find it odd that we have worship celebrities? I’m not suggesting that guys like Chris Tomlin or David Crowder are odd (okay, Crowder is a bit odd, but in a cool way), I’m just saying that the concept of a celebrity worshiper is strange. In some...
In this series of posts on beauty, the premise has been that God is the standard of beauty, and His creation is intended to reflect Him. Some of the implications of this have been addressed, but in this post I will attempt to delicately expand on the affect sin...
In a prior post, I argued that God Himself is the standard of beauty and things are beautiful insofar as they reflect Him. We will continue the discussion by posing the question: If God is the standard for beauty, why are there different preferences or tastes as to what...
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...
In many ways, we have begun to view the church as a corporation. Some will argue that this is a necessary adaptation to our modern context, but we can say that at the very least it poses some serious problems. It’s not unhealthy to learn from the corporate world...
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...
In continuing our recent focus on media and theology, I think it would be beneficial to lay a rough theological framework to help guide the discussion. One of the most important passages for considering how Christians should think about and interact with our culture is Romans 1:18-25. (Preston already...
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