Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean [Redacted by NSA]

It’s easy to make fun of paranoid, conspiracy-theory loons, but 2013 made them look a lot less loony: It’s now a matter of public record that the NSA collects and stores the calling records of domestic phone calls, tracks the location of millions of mobile devices worldwide, infiltrates the data links between the data centers … Read more

Favorite Christian Music of Someone Who Hates Christian Music

I tend to go on and on (and on) about how much I dislike “church music.” But after posting my least favorite Christmas songs recently I was inspired to then post my most favorite Christmas songs, just to prove that I’m not a complete curmudgeon and I do actually have some favorite Christmas songs. And then I thought, hey, instead of complaining all the time about the spiritual music I don’t like, I need to post some that I do like.

Bear in mind, most of this isn’t “church music” strictly speaking, in the sense that it would probably never be played in any church  worship service anywhere, ever. But listening to these songs makes me feel the way that people seem to be feeling when they lift their hands in worship services. They’re all spiritual music to me.

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Camille Paglia in Praise of Masculinity

It’s getting so bad that even lifelong militant lesbians are wishing that men would behave more like men (Yes, I know this is not a change in position for Paglia; she’s always talked like this. It’s a joke, man!): ‘What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide,” says Camille Paglia. This self-described “notorious Amazon feminist” … Read more

When Atheists are Right

Often times when atheists (or just garden-variety non-believers) reject Christianity, it’s not really Christianity they’re rejecting, but some made-up caricature of Christianity. Misinformation, bad experiences, and the relentless bombardment of negative portrayals in the media (Hi, Phil Robertson!) combine to lead people to believe that Christianity is, at best, the belief system of the dad … Read more

The Only Resource that Matters

For as long as there have been people, people have been fighting over resources. Land, water, gold, oil; whatever. But in spite of all this fighting, as time goes on you see it proven over and over again that the only resource that matters is human ingenuity. If you’re sitting on top of a big … Read more

Family Fun by Re-Creating the Movies

DIYPhotography talks to a family who re-creates movie scenes in their home using just household items and their cute baby. As the owner of a cute baby myself, this is the kind of stuff I wish I could come up with. My favorites: Star Wars Die Hard

Steyn on Duck Dynasty

In his response the the Duck Dynasty hoo-ha, Mark Steyn is putting the “F U” in “furious”: In the early days of my free-speech battles in Canada, my friend Ezra Levant used a particular word to me: “de-normalize”. Our enemies didn’t particularly care whether they won in court. Whatever the verdict, they’d succeed in “de-normalizing” … Read more

Christian Persecution, For Reals

I think that all the brouhaha over Phil Robertson’s suspension from Duck Dynasty was entirely appropriate and justified. I think that Christians should be in the habit of vigorously pushing back against the politically correct thought police at every opportunity. However, just to keep a sense of perspective, I think it’s important that we don’t … Read more

Duck, Dynasty!

So, I was just wondering what a Duck Dynasty news avalanche would look like. And then Thursday happened. As much as I’d like to see news cycle padding like this flame up quickly and then blow out just as fast, I’m afraid that we can’t ignore it; Christians are losing the option to be bystanders … Read more

The Illustrated C.S. Lewis

The Poached Egg has posted some cool videos that illustrate some passages from C.S. Lewis in that cool, drawing-it-while-he’s-talking style, like the one below:

Love the Poor by Giving them a Bigger Carbon Footprint

Bjorn Lomborg is an environmentalist, so he believes a lot of the requisite environmentalist jibber-jabber. But he’s an environmentalist who can be reasoned with. Case in point, he realizes that people who have to burn dung for heat don’t need solar panels. They need cheap, reliable coal-fired electricity: For many parts of the world, fossil … Read more

Is the Pope Promoting Envy?

Well, here’s an interesting take on all the Pope’s recent income inequality talk: By dwelling on inequality, the pope is promoting envy. The Catholic Church, I had always understood, disapproves of envy, deeming it one of the seven deadly sins. I would have expected Francis to urge people to think of themselves in relation to … Read more

Rachel Held Evans has a Dysfunctional Relationship with The Poor

Dave Ramsey, as Dave Ramsey does, recently published on his website a post that calls attention to the fact that people who are rich tend to share similar behavior patterns, and people who are poor tend to share similar behavior patterns. For instance: 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. … Read more

The Best Christmas Songs

Since I did a post on the worst Christmas songs, and I don’t want to be all about the worst stuff, I thought I’d go ahead and offer up some of my choices for the best. So, here are some songs you might actually want to listen to and enjoy. After assembling the list, I … Read more

The Worst Christmas Songs

Shannen Coffin kicks off a compelling debate for this time of year: What are the worst Christmas songs? I don’t disagree with any of his choices, but there are a couple I endorse with an added level of enthusiasm: “Last Christmas” by Wham! (exclamation point included at no extra charge), and the mother of all … Read more

Witnessing to Atheists

Blogos.org recently posted a two-parter on witnessing to atheists with some good tips. Among them: 4. USE LOGIC. Firm up your understanding of reasoning. Be aware of informal logical fallacies, so you can try to avoid them and recognize when others make them. I suggest a small book: The Ideas of the Great Philosophers by … Read more

And Speaking of Terrible Christian Music…

Why is it so terrible, anyway? Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas has some thoughts: It’s a marketing issue first and foremost. What makes someone a “Christian recording artist”? It’s as simple as this: they’re being marketed to the Christian subculture. To do this, their music typically must explicitly mention God and should elicit a devotional … Read more

Switchfoot and Christian Music

As a long-time believer that crappy music that’s labeled as “Christian music” is still crappy music, it delights me know end to hear this response from Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman when asked if his band is a “Christian” band: To be honest, this question grieves me because I feel that it represents a much bigger issue … Read more

There is No Conflict Between the Bible and Science

White Horse Inn is posting video answers to the most common apologetics questions, including this one about the false conflict between religious belief and science: