Category Archives: Being Human

Two Districts, One Nation

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Maggie Jordan, one of the characters in Newsroom, says in one episode during Season Two that “The country is divided into people who like sex and people who are utterly creeped out by it. I’m one of the sex people.” As creepy as that description might be for those celebrity pastors who write books about… Read More→

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If Good Works are Complicated

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Then so are bad ones. But Americans have a habit of looking for a single-motive that will make sense of evil. Ferguson, Missouri? Racism. Bill Cosby? Male. Tom Brady? Adulterer. Boston Marathon bombers? Islam. Dylann Roof? Confederate flag. But not so fast: The murders of nine black Americans in a Charleston South Carolina Methodist Episcopal… Read More→

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Politics of Inclusion

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Matt Tuininga calls for the gospel politics of inclusion even while excluding some — ahem — from the Reformed camp. But let’s not go there. Let’s go instead to an apparent confusion of categories that invariably happens when you make the gospel (Jesus Christ died for sinners, there’s not one square inch, man’s chief end… Read More→

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Pro-Business, Pro-Life

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Imagine yourself the owner of an aluminum ladder company. What do you do once every home owner in the United States owns a ladder? You go after renters. But what happens when that market is saturated? You better hope the ladders fail and need to be replaced. Or you buy another company, like one that… Read More→

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When Did Christian America End?

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For some it happened recently. This blogger doesn’t refer to the Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, but it’s hard not to think he has it in mind: The 350-year marriage of Protestant Christian theology and American popular culture is over. Christianity, it may be sadly said, is no longer the preeminent social influence in American… Read More→

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The Adam Option

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If we wish to right the wrong that the Supreme Court has done, then, we must do more than change the law. We must change the culture. That’s no easy task, and again it is not obvious how we should begin. That’s one of Phil Lawler’s observations after the Court’s recent decision on same-sex marriage.… Read More→

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Unencumbered by W-w

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Noah Millman is not merely on one roll, he’s on four. See below. But his writing on contemporary events leads me again to ponder whether Christians are limited (dumber?) when it comes to non-spiritual subjects precisely because Scripture and church dogma establish limits that block creative and critical thought. (The 2k solution, by the way,… Read More→

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Flag Waving

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Not sure which commenter linked to the piece in the Washington Post about why every state flag is wrong. Whoever you are thanks. It’s worth a glance. Here’s a sample of Alexandra Petri’s wit upon contemplating the Michigan State Flag (I wonder if she’s the granddaughter of Rob and Laura Petri): “Yes, of course we… Read More→

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Feeling at Home

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I used this quote over at Patheos but given the excitements round hyeh the last week or so, a reminder about being strangers and aliens from a Roman Catholic intellectual invoking Augustine might be useful. I will include as well Peter Lawler’s comments about the Confederate Flag for good measure: I really was quite moved… Read More→

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Straights You can Live With

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Since I’m on the road I am (all about meEEEE!) listening to more national public media than to sports talk radio. That means I have heard a lot about how the United States took three big steps forward this past week. The Confederate Flag is now a disgrace. Government health insurance survived and millions of… Read More→

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