“Human Beings Make Lousy Gods”

Matt Rawlings explains why he was depressed as a “progressive” Christian: I came to reject orthodox doctrines such as Biblical inerrancy, substitutionary atonement, the exclusivity of salvation through Christ, the foreknowledge of God and many others.  I publicly ridiculed “the old guard” as out-of-touch and fully embraced post-modernism. … My decreasing lack of zeal for the mission of the church More …

The Best Comment on the Whole Donald Sterling Thing

…comes from noted thespian and martial arts enthusiast Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him More …

Why Does God Care Whom I Sleep With?

Short answer: Because He cares about you, and anyone who cares about you will be concerned about your choices in that area. Longer answer below (British accents included at no extra charge): (Via Justin Taylor)

“Heaven is for Real” Double-Reverse Contrarianism

After my recent post about David Platt going after Heaven is for Real along with other “I saw the afterlife and came back to tell about it”-type books and movies, one of my four regular readers left a comment that got me thinking that maybe I was giving too much credence to Platt’s take. A few years ago, I read an article More …

An Explanation that Explains a Lot of Other Things

I don’t know if he’s the first person to say this, but it’s the first time I’ve heard it expressed like this: Kevin Williamson very profoundly explains the difference between the way conservatives see people and the way liberals see people: For the conservative, people are an asset — in the coldest economic terms, a potentially productive unit of labor. More …

The Sexual Revoluiton and the End of Christianity in America

I very rarely call an article on the Internet “important,” but this post by Rod Dreher definitely qualifies. It’s a splash of cold water in the face for people who don’t realize that the sexual revolution in general, and the ascendance of gay marriage in particular, is pushing American Christianity into a very precarious position. An important article deserves a More …

Sick Days in a Connected Age

Have you had a sick day lately? Lemme tell ya, they’re not what they used to be. I had a bit of an intestinal episode this week (kind of like this one) which knocked me completely off my feet for a day. I couldn’t have lifted my head if my pillow was on fire, much less gone into work. So More …

You Can’t Run a Country on Envy

Allan Meltzer explains why the Obama economic plan — stick it to the rich and give their stuff away to everybody else — doesn’t help anybody: During the early twentieth century, the United States absorbed millions of immigrants, many unskilled. Many began employment at low wage jobs. Minimum wage laws did not come until the 1930s. By working, the immigrants learned More …

What Atheism Can’t Explain

Damon Linker looks at some human experiences that atheism can’t explain: …when it comes to certain issues, the quality of the arguments doesn’t much matter. The fact is that there are specific human experiences that atheism in any form simply cannot explain or account for. One of those experiences is radical sacrifice — and the feelings it elicits in us. More …

Comparative Religions with Cartoons

If you don’t have time to read a bunch of words, Michael Patton uses doodles to show the differences between Christianity and other world religions. He doesn’t just doodle though. If you are interested in the words, you should check out his whole post.

God Bless China

Speaking of one eighties, guess who’s on course to become the world’s biggest Christian nation? The same country who’s on course to become the world’s biggest everything else: It is said to be China’s biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance – not to the Communist Party, but More …

One Eighties

I am fascinated by stories of people whose lives were taking them in one direction, who then somehow reversed course and started traveling in the exact opposite direction. One eighties. Because for most people, you can look at the circumstances surrounding their lives today and get a pretty good idea of what kind of person they’re going to be tomorrow. More …

“Heaven is for Real” Contrarianism

Man, David Platt hates the book Heaven is for Real. He really hates it: Why do people flock to cutesy books like that for descriptions of heaven instead of relying on the Bible? Deep down, I think we’re all kind of scared of the thought of God in all His glory. Cartoonified versions of God and heaven are much more More …

“Rampage of Biblical Proportions”

Um, this: Auburn University officials have cancelled classes and all other campus operations until Thursday due to a threat found on a wall of a campus building. A notice sent out this morning states classes will resume at 7:15 a.m. Thursday. The notice states authorities do not believe the threat is credible but asks anyone with concerns call 911 — More …

The Assertive Naivete of Captain America

I got to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier last week, and I thought it was great. And that stamp of approval is coming from the kind of comic book nerd who went on a hunger strike after seeing Daredevil (it was also partly because I spilled the rest of my Skittles in the parking lot on the way out More …

More Bono and Jesus

No, they’re not hanging out together, but one of them does like to talk about the other a lot, if you give him the chance. This Acculturated post features some quotes on faith from The Sunglass’d One along with some speculation about his walk with Christ: I suspect Bono has retained his faith because as an artist he’s never fully More …

Harry Connick Jr. Restores a Little Bit of My Faith in Humanity, but Just a Little

I’m not big on reality shows, but you can learn a lot about the state of American culture by watching them, both from the people who volunteer to be on them and the way the producers set them up. Unfortunately, the things you learn usually make you want to start pricing real estate in Costa Rica. However, “American Idol” has More …

Non-Christian Music Review Includes Great Christian Music Review

I was reading a review of the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song “Same Love” on the site Acculturated, when I ran across this great “Oh, snap!” comment, which I have highlighted in the quote below: But “Same Love” is a abysmal song. Not so much because it presents a false view of marriage and a puerile idea of progress (though it More …

My Completely Untested Rules for Parenting

Before I had kids, I was absolutely positive that I knew the right way to raise children. Now that I have a two-year-old son and a two-month old daughter… I still think I know the right way to raise children, mostly because I haven’t had them long enough to completely ruin them yet. Having kids is great, but it gets More …

When Theologians Talk About Economics

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has some interesting comments on mistakes that religious types make when they let their pronouncements wander into the field of economics: Now, it’s fine to make non-scientific claims when you are not making science. But when we mistake science for theology—and vice versa—we make mistakes. When some clerics disputed the heliocentric model of the Solar System on the More …