May 2013

I’m a feminist because

May 29, 2013

I’m a feminist because Women are created in the image of God and have inherent value. They deserve the same opportunities, respect, rights and freedoms that men enjoy. Persistent and pernicious patriarchal oppression permeates virtually every facet of society. Men have been running the show for the thousands of years and have screwed things up […]

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Memorial Day 2013

May 26, 2013

Dulce Et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; […]

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Universal Pope?

May 24, 2013

Pope Francis has garnered quite a bit of attention for his comments last Wednesday regarding atheists and his claim that everyone is redeemed by the blood of Christ. He said, in part: The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! “Father, […]

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I am Zebraman

May 22, 2013

The 17-minute 1986 documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot records fans waiting for the start of a Judas Priest concert. Amid the myriad of colorful characters partying in the parking lot before the concert, one person stands out from even that motley crew, loudly proclaiming his love of metal music and his vitriolic disdain for punk […]

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A New Recipe for Gender Roles

May 18, 2013

Trevin Wax recently wrote a blog post entitled The Crazy Culture of Complementarianism. He leads off with the pithy observation that “Right beliefs do not always lead to healthy cultures” and then goes on to discuss some of the “crazy” results of complementarianism that he’s noticed, such as the “unexpressed expectation that the godliest women […]

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Why Homosexuality Isn’t A Sin

May 17, 2013

We all have an innate sense of right and wrong, of good and evil. We all have moral law written on our hearts. We don’t all have perfect knowledge of that moral truth and we all fall far short of living up to moral standards, but in general we recognize the universal and transcendent nature […]

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Five good things from Mark Driscoll

May 16, 2013

Recently I’ve spent a bit of time critiquing some of Mark Driscoll’s viewpoints. And while I continue to find many of his positions highly problematic, I certainly don’t think everything he has to say is bad. So I randomly chose five of his sermons and picked out a paragraph or two from each that I […]

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“These enemy dogs who reject the things of God”

May 13, 2013

Janie B. Cheaney, in her World Magazine post “How to lose an argument” seems to have just discovered that Mark Driscoll is a “lightning rod.” This is a surprise to her because in her mind Driscoll’s focus has always been on spreading the gospel. She links to my piece on Driscoll’s dismissal of careful exegesis […]

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Review: The Great Gatsby

May 12, 2013

The old adage when it comes to art is “show, don’t tell.” The idea is that, by demonstrating rather than dictating, the audience is drawn in as participants instead of being kept at a distance by heavy-handed explication. But this advice can be taken too far: you can tell and show too much, forcing rather […]

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Are you planting trees or just cutting them down?

May 11, 2013

Are you planting trees or just cutting them down? Are you making coffee or just drinking it? Are you the main character or part of the supporting cast? Are you reading sentences but missing the story? Are you talking about Jesus instead of showing who Jesus is? Are you teaching the “truth” instead of living […]

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