June, 2012

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I’ve frequently discussed on this blog the tendency many of us have to slip into generalizations about moral decline. That is why I really find myself gravitating toward the research from people like Dan Ariely. Dan has consistently risen to the top of his field of behavioral economics and the science of making choices. Statistical

Is 50 Shades of Grey a Good Jumpstart for Our Sex Lives?

This week’s guest post, the second occasioned by the popularity of the book 50 Shades of Grey, comes courtesy of Kelley Wampler. Recently, Dr. Oz, the physician turned popular talk show host, did a show on the success of the bestselling 50 Shades of Grey. Statistics have said that the book has been downloaded by

Mercifully Stripped of All Pretense

Is there anyone left who still doubts that there is a very real – often dangerous – disparity between how we present ourselves and who we really are? Certainly we have all met people who make the claim, “What you see is what you get!” And while it may be true that an individual really

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, June 24, 2012

This week’s Songs and Scenes features photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles allowing you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available. Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan In Your presence, in Your power, awakening.For this moment, for this hour, awakening. For You and You alone awake my

God’s Timing, Not Ours

I put my son to bed last night and, as usual, we prayed together. Well, “kind-of together.” These days, he goes many nights where he won’t say much, but instead will dismissively direct me, “You can pray for both of us, Mommy.” Last night though, he jumped right in and had quite a bit to

Throwing Out an Anchor in a Sea of Grey

My thanks to Lynn Roush for providing a special guest post this week at ESI: Whether you’re an adventurous reader or just a mom on the go who enjoys poolside chatter, you’ve probably read or heard about the eyebrow raising bestseller, 50 Shades of Grey. Given the content of the book, which chronicles a sadomasochistic

The Ultimate Action Figure

As recent visitors to our home will attest, our five-year-old is exceedingly proud of the menacing, nearly-lifesize Spider-Man clinging to the wall of his bedroom, ready to pounce upon any evildoers who dare to enter. During and around this past Spring Break, our family took some much-needed vacation time, using most of that time for

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, June 17, 2012

This week’s Songs and Scenes features photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles allowing you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available. All I Have is Christ by Jordan Kauflin But as I ran my hell-bound race, indifferent to the cost,You looked upon my helpless state and led me

Thomas Kinkade: Painter of Light?

The recently deceased painter Thomas Kinkade remains, to put it mildly, a polarizing figure. On the one hand, the professed Christian artist and self-described “painter of light” may be the most collected painter in the United States—one estimate finds his idyllic works in one of every twenty American homes. On the other, his work is

Be Still

Caught up in an emotional discussion of theology just the other day, trying as best we could to make heads or tails out of the “senseless” suffering in both of our lives, a friend of mine – very obviously angry at God – began to recite for my benefit a list of all the changes