And Now, the Bad News

If you’re a conservative Christian who suspects that conservative Christians just might be losing the culture war, hide all the sharp objects in your house and let this clear-eyed and terrifying article from Jonathan Last clue you in to just how terrible the situation really is: …the same-sex marriage movement is interested in a great deal…

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The Era of Dave

Considering how much the entertainment media likes to talk about itself, I was surprised that more wasn’t written about David Letterman’s farewell show. The last episode of Mad Men got more coverage than the moon landing, and the only people who have ever seen that show are the people who are paid to write about it….

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Christian Cultural Engagement

Bruce Ashford is a professor of theology and culture, which makes it sound like he knows both the Nicene Creed and all the lyrics to “Uptown Funk.” And frankly, that’s exactly the kind of person I want to be hearing more from nowadays. He talks about the importance of Christian engagement with the culture in this brief interview….

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Let’s All Freak Out Over Indiana

All things considered, I guess I’d rather witness a Twitter riot than an actual riot. But I’ve been watching the absolute berserker frenzy on social media over Indiana’s religious freedom law, and it is both exhausting and terrifying. Exhausting because everything that’s being said is being said at MAXIMUM VOLUME. Terrifying because of the casual way that…

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Lecrae, Voddie Baucham, et al on Ferguson

An extended conversation:

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Speaking Truth to the Culture, or Not

Are churches being intimidated into silence on cultural issues? Andrew Wilson has some thoughts: Jesus called his disciples to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves, and to that end, we need to keep asking ourselves whether the way we are saying things is the most helpful or appropriate way of saying…

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That Awkward Moment When Christians Talk to Other Christians about Drinking

There may be places where Christians can talk to each other about drinking alcohol without any theological or emotional baggage — like maybe certain regions of France, or the Klingon homeworld, or other places that are equally foreign to me. But here in the Deep South, and in other places where evangelicals roam, conversations about…

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Monty Python and the Very Polite Censorship Letter

Open Culture reprints a letter written on behalf of the Pythons to negotiate for the British equivalent of a PG rating when they first released the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail way back in 1975. Caution: if you follow the link above, you will see a discussion of the use of swears. But it’s…

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A Sentence That Shouldn’t Make Sense

Get a load of this story from the Dr. Saturday college football blog: Arkansas State removes cross decals from helmets after complaint: Arkansas State has removed decals of crosses from the back of its football helmets after a complaint. … The sticker was honoring DL Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer Jr. Owens and stepfather…

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Have You Thanked a Christian White Man Today?

If you haven’t, Andrew Klavan thinks that you should. You’re welcome.

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Welcome to the Subculture

Well, that happened fast: In America, Bible-believing Christians are now a fringe subculture. This is from Andrew Johnson in The Corner: On Tuesday, Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon were discussing former NFL coach Tony Dungy’s recent comments that media attention would have pushed him away from drafting Sam. Kornheiser said he was…

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Cradle Robbing Worked for Me

Hi, I’m Jason, and this is my wife Rachel, who is 13 years younger than me. After the show, I’ll be available in the lobby for high-fives. On a related note, Chelsea Samelson at Acculturated asks, “What’s wrong with dating older men?” For most of human history, it was normal and even expected for a…

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We Fooled Ourselves

Justin Taylor posts an interview with Greg Forster about his book Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It. He makes some good points in there, including his warning to Christians not to accept cultural definitions of things (sex, for example) just because we think we have to accept them to…

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The Ongoing Denial of Reality: Gender Edition

Here’s that Kevin D. Williamson article everyone has been talking about, about that Time magazine cover story on transgenderism everyone has been talking about: The infinite malleability of the postmodern idea of “gender,” as opposed to the stubborn concreteness of sex, is precisely the reason the concept was invented. For all of the high-academic theory attached…

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Prisoners of Sex

Ross Douthat writes an excellent column that’s a lot less like a late-night Cinemax movie than the title suggests. It’s actually a sobering piece about the culture that produces those movies and oh, by the way, also produces, every once in a while, an Elliot Rodger: The Santa Barbara killer’s pulsing antipathy toward women, his…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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“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…

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