March, 2010

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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Braveheart Embarrassment and a Life Worth Living

It came like the proverbial thunderclap, the reverberations leaving me staggering in search of some kind of metaphysical certainty. Okay, not so much. But it was mildly disconcerting. “It” was the realization that dawned during an otherwise unremarkable channel flipping episode not long ago. I had landed on Braveheart, a fixture in the favorite movie

Deliverance from Sin Sounds Good…But Hey, What About the Romans?

Growing up in a Baptist church, I can recall that I was deeply perplexed by the sequence of events surrounding Holy Week. Perhaps my sense of confusion was amplified by the fact that Palm Sunday was always celebrated as a really big deal, complete with fresh cuttings handed out during class time, branches that we

“Strange Melancholy in the Midst of Abundance”

I am currently in the middle of Tim Keller’s book “Counterfeit Gods”. Keller has become one of my favorite authors over the past three years. He has a knack for pulling no punches when it comes to applying the gospel in the day to day. I was struck by a quote in the introduction of

Atheist Goes Undercover

Gina Welch describes herself as “a liberal secular Jew, born to a Communist father, raised in Berkley, educated in the Ivy League.” So what is she doing becoming a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church whose pastor was none other than Jerry Falwell? Going undercover to decide whether evangelicals were as nutty as she’d always

Bringing Healing to a Difficult Relationship

In my previous post, I cited Proverbs 12:18 (NIV); “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” I mentioned that wisdom in the Bible is the ability to see all of our circumstances and relationships in life in the context of the reality of the gospel—the reality of all

Timely Perspective on Christian Fear and Health Care Reform

If you’ve been interested and engaged in following the health care reform debate, you’re probably aware that the bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday and is scheduled to be signed into law this morning by President Obama. Due in no small measure to this bill’s impact on abortion (on which see below),

Seeking to Respect the Artist’s Original Intent

On March 11, the legendary art-rock band Pink Floyd won a major battle in its ongoing lawsuit against longtime label EMI. Among other issues, the band members were upset with EMI for selling their songs online individually, instead of as entire albums, as their contract intended. A central issue, for Floyd, was the preservation of

Weekend Links

Here are five articles/blogs I’ve found thought provoking this week. Their topics range from Focus on the Family’s Super Bowl ad to Mizzou basketball. Enjoy. 1. Some positive aftermath of the “Tim Tebow Ad” – There was a lot of controversy regarding the Tim Tebow Superbowl ad. See Nathan’s post for a brief discussion before

Pursuing Community

This past fall I read Broken Down House, by Paul Tripp, and enjoyed it immensely. It is Tripp, after all; if The Crossing is your church, then surely Paul Tripp is on your list of “Top 10 Go-To Guys” for helping you define what faith looks like when lived out in the day-to-day. He certainly

Surprising News About Teenagers and Emerging Adults

Souls in Transition by Christian Smith and Patricia Snell, both of Notre Dame, is packed with fascinating insights into today’s 15-23 year olds. The basis of their conclusions is the National Study of Youth and Religion, which followed the same group of kids between the ages of 13-23. Interviews (both phone and face-to-face) allowed the