Yesterday I wrote about Paul’s command to be filled by the Spirit and examined the musical emphasis of this Spirit-filling. Today I want to look at the verses directly preceding this: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time,...

Go Easy on Miley

Every non-mountain-recluse in America knows about the infamous Miley Cyrus incident on the VMAs last week. (For you mountain-recluses, Miley performed a song and dance routine that was so filthy, the title “suggestive” barely applies.) It wasn’t exactly family television. But for a few reasons, I say go easy on...
The American Church is becoming increasingly suspicious of the American Dream. It has always been an ill defined concept, but generally speaking, the American Dream is the promise of a good job, a nice home, a good looking family, etc. In American History, were taught about the concept of “Manifest...
Pinterest can be dangerous. I recently came across an article explaining that Pinterest makes people feel inadequate. If that’s true, then why is it so popular? Why do more than 25 million people spend a chunk of their day pinning bits of the web onto their digital bulletin boards? Like...
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...
Smart phones are destined to find their way into every pocket and purse in the country before long. Two years ago, when I purchased my last non-smart phone, I had to ask them specifically to pull one out of the back because they weren’t even displaying the unintelligent models. It’s...
The Welcome Wagon made a pretty big splash in 2008 when they released their first album under the wing of Sufjan Stevens. The album came out on Sufjan’s label, and Sufjan himself produced and even arranged much of the album. This was enough to gain the band attention, but...
Some friends and I are giving the television show Terra Nova a chance by watching the first few episodes and there is an interesting theme surfacing early on. One of the major themes is how authority is portrayed in the show as something to be freed from and not...
Two significant events took place in the same moment this past week. The first was the release of the iPhone 6. Of course, most of us could argue convincingly that this does not qualify as a “significant event,” but the fact remains that people freak out and line up...

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When I teach my Christianity & the Arts class, the students have to create and present artistic projects. These are always a high point in my semester. We spend weeks talking about art, how it relates to God and the Bible, and the role it plays in the mission...
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