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October 31, 2011

Wall Street or Easy Street?

Wall Street or Easy Street?

The "Occupy Wall Street" protests are over a month old and have gone global, and Christians face tough questions: Is the Church caring for the poor? Are we supporting those families affected by layoffs? Recently, we've talked about what it does and doesn't mean to think biblically. Well, trying to think biblically leaves me a long way from supporting "Occupy…

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October 28, 2011

Is Culture a Lost Cause?

Is Culture a Lost Cause?

Yesterday we talked about how faith demands we pay attention to what's happening in the world. Because of the Lordship of Christ and the conflict that creates. Following Jesus takes us into that conflict, and that's okay. But I think some Christians seek to avoid this cultural engagement because they feel like it's a lost cause. Honestly, I feel like…

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October 27, 2011

Spiritual vs. Biblical

Spiritual vs. Biblical

Yesterday we talked about how being biblical means being true--approaching things from the biblical framework of reality. Putting Bible references on the points me make sounds spiritual, but it's no guarantee that we're actually being biblical.

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October 26, 2011

How to Be Biblical

How to Be Biblical

Christianity is a revealed religion that’s based on the idea that God has spoken to His people. Christians are to be people of the Book, the Bible, and there’s strong evidence for the Old and New Testaments are true as opposed to other “revelations? like the Book of Mormon or the Koran.

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October 25, 2011

Evangelical Anti-Intellectualism?

Evangelical Anti-Intellectualism?

Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens wrote scathingly in the New York Times last week about the "anti-intellectualism" that plagues Evangelicals. "Evangelicalism at its best is intellectually-engaged, humble and forward-looking." Well, I couldn't agree more. But then they rail against evangelicals who take stances on gay marriage and abortion, or who question evolution as fact, or who believe that people can…

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October 24, 2011

How to Think vs. What to Think

How to Think vs. What to Think

Over at The Atlantic, Edward Tenner notes a surprising trend. There's been significant growth in the number of philosophy and religious studies majors during this recession. It's still a relatively small number compared to the "more marketable" majors like business and engineering, but the number of four-year graduates in this group has grown 46% in the last decade, which is…

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October 21, 2011

Men Are in Trouble

Men Are in Trouble

William Bennett's fiery opinion piece last week on CNN.com said that somebody needs to start telling these 20-something men to "get off your video games, get yourselves together, get a job and get married."

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October 20, 2011

Dawkins Writes a Children’s Book

Dawkins Writes a Children’s Book

Richard Dawkins has been on an atheist’s crusade for years, and he’s now aiming at children. His latest book The Magic of Reality argues the only legitimate explanation of the world is a scientific one. Among the books flaws is putting all religious views on the same level--the Christian story is no more credible than the Aztec or Egyptian myths.

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October 19, 2011

Hope vs. Hope

Hope vs. Hope

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Andy Crouch identifies Steve Jobs as a Secular Prophet. Jobs led what’s been called “the cult of the Mac.? As a recent convert myself, I learned what all the fuss was about. Jobs didn’t just advance technology, he humanized it. He made it look better, feel better, connect us in new ways, yet he continually made it more simple and intuitive.

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October 18, 2011

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart, and intuition." French existentialist Jean Paul Sartre could not have articulated this better than Steve Jobs did at the Stanford commencement…

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October 17, 2011

Right Thinking About Disability

Right Thinking About Disability

Recently, I told you about the work of my friend Kathy McReynolds to train Christians to confront our culture of eugenics by valuing all human life, including the disabled. For years, she’s taught a course at various Christian colleges and seminaries called Beyond Suffering. It begins where all Christian thinking should begin: with theology. You may be surprised to learn…

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October 14, 2011

The Church and Disability

The Church and Disability

Eugenics is often associated with the Nazi attempt to exterminate Jews and glorify the Aryan race, but it’s back. What the Nazis did in death camps, we do through selective abortion, euthanasia, and genetic engineering. Even more significant, however, is that the cultural eugenics mindset is back--one that values human life based on convenience, choice, and efficiency.

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October 13, 2011

What’s Happening at Vanderbilt?


Officials at Vanderbilt University in Nashville have told student groups they cannot require leaders to share the group’s beliefs, goals or values. This new policy is the end result of a complaint from a student who was dismissed from membership in a group because he did not abide by its stances on sexual behavior.

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October 12, 2011

Aliens and Global Warming


I’ll go ahead and warn you, this one’s out there. Literally. A group of American scientists from Penn State and the NASA Planetary Science Division released a joint report recently entitled, “Would contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis.? Among the scenarios is that man-made global warming might make extra-terrestrials mad at us and want to destroy us. I wish I were making this up. I guess if we forget there’s no consensus that warming patterns are human caused, and forget the assumption of global warming is that greenhouse gases are trapped inside our atmosphere and alien detection would require evidence outside the atmosphere, and forget we have no evidence that aliens even exist, maybe they have a point.

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October 11, 2011

The Point of Worldview

The Point of Worldview

I’ve heard Christians accuse other Christians of being distracted by worldview. “You should just concentrate on God,? they say. “Philosophy is of the world.? But that’s missing what worldview is about. The Bible presents God as actually existing and actually creating the world. In other words, the world is as it is because God exists and because of who He is. Worldview is simply about grasping the full Biblical picture of reality.

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