A 5 Minute Argument for the Existence of God

Don’t have all day to make an argument for an infinite, omniscient God? Prager University helps you boil it down to five minutes (or so): Update: My dad reminded me that this argument is reminiscent of an earlier post of mine on goodness, in which I wrote: When we say “God is good,” we’re not describing what God is, we’re describing More …

Chick-Fil-A Reaches Detente with One Gay Leader

Sometimes the road to understanding is paved with waffle fries. Gay activist Shane Windmeyer lead protests against Chick-Fil-A over their support of traditional marriage. Now he’s going to football games with Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy: Yes, after months of personal phone calls, text messages and in-person meetings, I am coming out in a new way, as a friend of Chick-fil-A’s More …

Are All Old, Dead, White Men Created Equal?

When people argue that we should give up on the Constitution–and I’m starting to hear these arguments more often than Taylor Swift break-up songs–one of the first reasons they give is that the Constitution was written by a bunch of old, dead, white men. Why should we care anything about what they thought? Well, there’s something else that was written More …

Preparing Kids for Attacks on Their Faith

Via Justin Taylor, advice from D. A. Carson on preparing kids for attacks on their faith that they will face in college, or high school, or on TV, or in the movies, or, heck, in a large percentage of Episcopal churches. Of course, I liked this part a lot: First, the home should encourage vigorous Christian understanding. The most dangerous More …

Here Be Monsters, Indeed

The Anchoress notes an instance of an ongoing phenomenon: liberals becoming more comfortable pulling off the moderate mask and saying what they really believe. First, the liberal in question: Mary Elizabeth Williams on Salon.com, talking about abortion: Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, More …

Some Evangelical Gloves Starting to Come Off

The vast majority of people who go into full-time ministry do it because they want to spread the Gospel and win souls to the Lord. (There are some others who do it so they can get that “Clergy” bumper sticker, which, as we all know, allows you to park anywhere you want, up to and including on the curb in More …

John Piper is Not Happy about Women in Combat

The Pentagon has decided to allow women in combat units, and John Piper, to put it mildly, is not too keen on the idea: If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women More …

The Pointless Media Hand-Wringing Over Manti Te’o

Tim Layden makes his contribution to the orgy of media navel-gazing in the wake of the tragic death of Manti Te’o’s pretend girlfriend: Prominent amid the animus directed at media in the wake of the Te’o story is that sportswriters are too willing accept the details provided to them in their pursuit of what mid-20th century New York City sports More …

Megan Fox May Wanna Buy a Honda*

America’s favorite Pentecostal since Sam Kinison (“Hey Jason, you want an excuse to write something unusual about religion and post a gratuitous picture of Megan Fox?” Why, yes. Yes I do.) In the future, I will have some kind of device implanted in my brain that will sound an alarm the instant stuff like this hits the Internet: Megan Fox More …

Going from Lesbian Feminist University Professor to Bible-Believing Christian

Hey, I bet that’s a road that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. But it’s a transformation that can happen, and has happened. Via Justin Taylor, this is the story of Rosaria Butterfield. If you can’t listen to the whole interview, just try to catch the first 15 or 20 minutes. Listen to the way she talks, the patterns of More …

Stan Musial’s Faith

Once again, GetReligion covers the part of the story that other media outlets don’t want to touch: Of course, Musial was not just an amazing baseball player, admired by everyone. He wasn’t just a gentleman with major personal accomplishments, including a marriage that lasted more than 71 years. He was also a devout Catholic. I was curious how the media More …

The Power of Introverts

In support of my ongoing struggle with my own introversion, here’s Susan Cain speaking on the power of introverts. Some of her arguments sound a little forced, but I’m glad to hear anyone challenging conventional wisdom that extroverts are normal and introverts are weird. At least, we’re not weird just because we’re introverts.

Inauguration 2013: Still Giglio-Free

In honor of the Giglio-free inauguration today, here’s the Anchoress with some big-picture thoughts on what the pastor’s exclusion means: An ancillary concern, but one that must be mentioned: Almost immediately following Giglio’s withdrawal, social media discussions erupted, even among thoughtful people, about which “gay friendly presumed” preacher should replace him. Some of the names suggested would be very fine More …

Lance Armstrong Admits to Love Triangle with Manti Te’o’s Girlfriend

I’m experimenting with headlines to see if I can place higher in Google searches. I’m predicting this will be my best one since “Topless Kate Middleton Watches Hunger Games Trailer on iPad 3.” It’s hard for me to get too worked up about the whole Lance Armstrong thing. At first, his was a good story that was fun to watch. More …

Tale of the Tape: A.J. McCarron’s Girlfriend vs. Manti Te’o’s Girlfriend

They’ve both been in the news a lot lately, so let’s do a compare/contrast between the two college football sweethearts: A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, Lennay Kekua Physical attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10 Eleventeen (using Musburger notation) [null set] Achieved fame when… Alabama scored third unanswered touchdown and announcers really needed something to talk More …

Blaming the Devil

From Ann Althouse, a brilliant point about the response to the Sandy Hook murders: It occurred to me, after the Sandy Hook murders, that blaming guns is a secular substitute for blaming the devil. People find it too challenging to figure out why a human being would do this terrible thing and they latch on to the idea that the More …

Religious Freedom (Wink, Wink) Day

Thomas McDonald fisks the president’s Religious Freedom Day proclamation: Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose. As a free country, our story has been shaped by every language and enriched by every culture. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, More …

The Gospel and Gun Control

Ben Howe approaches gun control arguments from a Biblical perspective. “Jesus’ statement here has to do with vengeance and retribution, not with self-defense,” says Dr. Thomas Howe, Professor of Bible & Biblical Languages at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. “You should defend yourself, but you should not attempt to exact retribution upon those who do evil against you,” Howe More …

What’s This Crystal Ball? I Thought We Were Here to See Katherine Webb!

EDSBS rates the pictures featuring Alabama fans standing with Alabama’s BCS championship trophy in Alabama’s championship Walmart (actually it’s the Walmart in Hoover, but they’re all champions, dangit!): Special recognition: In that family, you have the only four hairstyles that are socially acceptable in the state of Alabama. It’s true!

In Defense of Ogling Women

The big story coming out of the BCS national championship game (aside from Bama = Awesome, Notre Dame = Overrated, again) was Brent Musburger’s admiration of A.J. McCarron’s beauty-queen girlfriend. Here’s the Miss Alabama in question, Katherine Webb, at the game: And here’s Musburger’s reaction: Or something like that. In the first wave of online commentary, people said that Musburger’s More …