Maybe You Think They Went Too Far, But Maybe They Didn’t.

Maybe we haven’t gone far enough. Ian D. Campbell writes at the Reformation21 blog: Some of today’s Scottish newspapers are running a story about our local school’s girls’ football team. Against all the odds, they beat off older teams from larger schools all over Scotland, to reach the final of a national tournament sponsored byContinue reading “Maybe You Think They Went Too Far, But Maybe They Didn’t.”

God’s Joy – in a Bird

While I was praying this morning a bird kept singing outside my window. It sounded so joyful. As I listened and enjoyed the song, it made me realize that God even gives joy to birds – birds that, as Scripture sometimes describes the animals, “as having no understanding.” (e.g. the ostrich in Job 39:13-17) WeContinue reading “God’s Joy – in a Bird”

Nebraska Democrat Sues God

This is just too good to pass up. Nebraska Democratic Senator Ernie Chambers has filed a suit against God. Why? His lawsuit states that he wants God (the defendant) to stop natural disasters from occurring on earth. In it he says that the “defendant directly and proximately has caused, inter alia [that is, among otherContinue reading “Nebraska Democrat Sues God”

Why Christians Won’t Kill Kathy Griffin

(This is posted in contrast to the previous post) In her acceptance speech for an Emmy award Saturday night, comedian Kathy Griffin said the following (censored) remarks: “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this awardContinue reading “Why Christians Won’t Kill Kathy Griffin”

Extreme Islamic “Generosity”

This is appalling. The leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq has called for the murder of the Danish cartoonist, and his editor, who “insulted” Mohammed by depicting him in a cartoon. (Story here). “We are calling for the assassination of cartoonist Lars Vilks who dared insult our Prophet, peace be upon him, and we announce aContinue reading “Extreme Islamic “Generosity””

Can Christians Enjoy Secular Music? – Part 3

Recently over on the Reformation 21 blog, Carl Trueman mentioned his excitement over an upcoming reunion concert of the 3 remaining members of Led Zeppelin. Those who keep up with his blog know that as an Englishman he has an affinity for several of the big British bands that helped define rock music as weContinue reading “Can Christians Enjoy Secular Music? – Part 3”

Pragmatism: One Way Evangelicals Fail to Value Poetry and Fictional Literature

I’ve noted previously (here and here) that Evangelicals are generally poorly adept to both appreciating and producing good art, be it literary, musical, performing, or what have you. There are many reasons why this is true, of which I am only beginning to scratch the surface in my own thinking. This is a new frontierContinue reading “Pragmatism: One Way Evangelicals Fail to Value Poetry and Fictional Literature”

Why Evangelicals Don’t Write Great Literature

Where are the C.S. Lewis’s, the J.R.R. Tolkien’s, the Flannery O’Connors of our day? Why aren’t Evangelicals producing writers like this? What’s missing in our Evangelical church culture that fails to produce writers like that? A fantastic article appeared recently in Touchstone magazine by Donald T. Williams that wrestles this important question and offers someContinue reading “Why Evangelicals Don’t Write Great Literature”

The Message of Paula White: It’s All About Me

Before the scandal broke about Randy and Paula White, I really didn’t know anything about them except that they were televangelists. Of course, this led me to assume that they were probably charismatics and since they were televangelists, they were probably health and wealth proponents. But, I found out that I really didn’t assume enough!Continue reading “The Message of Paula White: It’s All About Me”

The Christian Community’s Neglect of Art

“Christians today often talk about influencing the culture through the arts. This often means, in practice, Christians letting themselves be influenced by the culture through the arts.” Those are the opening words of Gene Edward Veith’s article “When Christianity Shaped the Arts” in the February issue of Tabletalk magazine. In truth, most Christians just don’tContinue reading “The Christian Community’s Neglect of Art”