Sleep Your Way to Godliness

This is for both my wife and my sister, for different reasons: Jason McMartin on how sleep can bring glory to God: We glorify God by making known his greatness. Human sleep illuminates God’s nature by means of contrast and difference. Humans must sleep and can die if they do not. God’s sleeplessness shows his independence; our sleepfulness reveals our More …

Embracing the Strangeness of Christianity

Russell Moore on being Christian in a non-Christian culture: …what I often tell people in churches and at Christian conferences is about a conversation I had with a lesbian activist, a secularist, about a Christian view of sexuality. She said, ‘I don’t know anybody who believes the sorts of things that you people believe about marriage and sex and it sounds More …

Denzel Washington on Dreams, Goals, and God

There is a lot of God in Denzel Washington movies. I first started noticing it with Man on Fire, but it’s not hard to pick out in some of his other movies too. If God had any more screen time in Flight and The Book of Eli He’d have to get a SAG card. I suspect that Denzel is a Christian, but I’ve never More …

Time Machine World

Every so often, some literary/political science smarty pants will ruminate over who had the more accurate vision of the future — Orwell in 1984 or Huxley in Brave New World. Both are visions of a future dystopia (yes, kids, 1984 used to be the future), just with different varieties of societal degradation. The people who believe that the arc of history is More …

Looking at Talented People

Speaking of talent, lately I’ve taken to watching Jerry Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” It’s exactly what the title says: every episode, Seinfeld and one of his professionally funny friends hop in a classic car and go get coffee, and we get to ride along with them. Here’s some of the episode with Jay Leno: On top More …

Kids Tell Great Stories

From Creative Minority Report, kids interpret the parable of the unmerciful servant: Which of course reminded me of this other classic kid interpretation:

Let’s Have a Concert!

Website twentytwowords.com has posted a big list of musical acts along with amount they charge to play a gig. Since there’s no way I could come up with the $250 grand it would take to get LMFAO (and that seems like about the right price, doesn’t it?), I thought I would see what kind of concert we could come up with More …

I Need Some Books to Read

Earlier this year, I resolved to read at least half as many books as my wife. We’re getting close to the halfway point for the year, I have to admit that, so far, it’s not going great. While I’ve read parts of about half a dozen books, I’ve finished a grand total of none of them. The problem is, I haven’t More …

Making Schools More Boy-Friendly

From Prager University, Christina Hoff Sommers talks about how schools have become anti-boy zones and recommends some changes to prevent boys in the classroom from feeling like the Amish in a Best Buy:

How to Win Friends and Influence People When You’re Sick

Have you ever been really sick, but had to leave your house and deal with people anyway? Say, you had to go to the grocery store to buy more drugs because everything you already had in your medicine cabinet expired in 2005? Or you just couldn’t afford to miss work, because, say, you’re starting pitcher for game 7 of the World Series or More …

No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition… Unless Liberals Don’t Like You

In that case, you expect the Spanish Inquisition all the time. Get your red pencils and circle today on the calendar: Kristen Powers has written a column with which I agree. The beginning of a new trend? I can only hope. Here she is on liberals’ new Dark Ages: They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The More …

Does Church Need to be More Manly?

David French makes a point that I pretty much agree with 100%: …writer David Murrow essentially says that church shouldn’t be more manly, but that it should be less “artificially womanly.” In other words, the contemporary evangelical church emphasizes a “personal,” “passionate,” or “intimate” relationship with Christ. This relationship emphasis – on a “man who’s in love with you” – is not More …

C.S. Lewis Knew How Free Markets Work

The Values & Capitalism blog shines new light on a famous C.S. Lewis quote, namely, this one: In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. This commentary follows: Usually More …

Again with the Atheist Chaplains

From Fox News: In what some might see as an oxymoron, an advocacy group apparently is preparing to ask the Defense Department to appoint a chaplain — for atheists. A source tells Fox News that the Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers plans to make the request on Tuesday, floating its president Jason Torpy as the proposed chaplain. … the More …

Things I Learned from My Son’s Beginner’s Bible

(See other things I’ve learned here.)

Stop “Giving Back”

I’ve mentioned a couple of times before that I think referring to charitable activity as “giving back” is both insidious and stupid. Since I like to think I’m smart and smart people agree with me, I’m always happy to post a quote from a smart person who agrees with me. So, here’s William Yavelak in The American Thinker, totally agreeing with me: The term More …

Do Bashful Evangelicals Turn People Toward Atheism?

Larry Taunton (“I thought they smelled bad on the outside!”) did a survey of atheists to discover how the arrived at their unbelief: A central theme of the piece was the repeated finding that a Christianity that is disingenuous, lukewarm, and superficial is a woefully ineffective Christianity. Watering down the Bible is a turnoff. Vague messages of “doing good” and “seeking More …

Things I Learned from My Son’s Beginner’s Bible

I can’t believe Jesus didn’t mention this when he was telling the story. (See more Beginner’s Bible insights here.)

Happy Mother’s Day!

If you can, tell you mother how much you love her. If you can’t, remember how much she loved you. Enjoy the video!

Should All Christian Content be Free?

Absolutely not, which is why I’d like you to insert two dollars into the CD slot of your computer before reading on. Yes, that is too how it works. Barnabas Piper has further thoughts: The belief often seems to be that since these are Christian organizations producing Christian content they ought to give it away, or at least severely discount More …