How do you Choose Public Policy? Sandy Hook, Gun Control, and Pragmatism

What drives your convictions on public policy? Is it your commitment to certain ideologies? Or to certain goals?Last month, our nation reminded us how incredibly divided we are, and that division continues to manifest in the fiscal cliff debates and now, after the Sandy Hook tragedy, with regards to gun control. Disagreement and dialogue is healthy for our country, but it's not healthy if no one ever changes their position. If all our debates do is fire up supporters, then we've exchanged … [Read more...]

Frequently Searched Questions: Rob Bell Roleplaying Game

Unrelated bonus: My daughter in a nativity scene.

The following are actual search terms people typed into Google (Yahoo?) which directed them to CaPC. In most cases they didn’t find the answer they were looking for on our site. FSQ is an attempt to remedy this problem by answering some of the most (de)pressing questions sent to us through search terms.This week’s theme is Music Statistics.Q 1. The percent of death by country music. Good question. With the bad economy you'd expect to see a significant rise in country music related dea … [Read more...]

The Naked Racism of an Obama America

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America is more racially divided today than when Obama took office. In this feature, Alan Noble explores the causes of this division and why it may be a good thing. Whatever you think of Barack Obama's presidency, the first African American to hold the highest office in the land has dramatically changed the way we view race in our country--or, at least, what it is acceptable to say about race in public.As a people who believe that all humans are made in the image of God, that before Christ … [Read more...]

Being Justified: A Wolf in a Girl’s Body

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Being Justified is a series exploring the nature of contemporary evangelism and culture. The working thesis of this project is that evangelism in the 21st century America involves penetrating the electronic buzz of narrative idolatry to reveal the stark giveness of creation, our profound need for redemption, and the beauty of grace. S. believed she was a wolf, really. Of course she appeared to be a normal teenage girl, but if you knew how to truly see, you could see that she was a wolf. Her … [Read more...]

Frequently Searched Questions: Make Church Faster

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The following are actual search terms people typed into Google (Yahoo?) which directed them to CaPC. In most cases they didn’t find the answer they were looking for on our site. FSQ is an attempt to remedy this problem by answering some of the most (de)pressing questions sent to us through search terms.This week’s theme is the Pedofile.Q 1. This man may be a pedo. Okay, well, you should prolly get away from him instead of taking the time to tell Google about it. Q 2. Should Christians w … [Read more...]

Frequently Searched Questions: Technology is an Edged Weapon

Poor fools. None of this is ergonomic.

The following are actual search terms people typed into Google (Yahoo?) which directed them to CaPC. In most cases they didn’t find the answer they were looking for on our site. FSQ is an attempt to remedy this problem by answering some of the most (de)pressing questions sent to us through search terms.This week's theme is the Dangers of Technology.Q 1. "Making secular music into Christian songs" ...is a horrible idea stop now. Q 2. "Www.how can someone become a perfect suicide bo … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Penetrating the Electronic Buzz of the 21st Century for Evangelism

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Every Thursday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. It only hits me when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes I feel like killing myself. I wouldn't tell anybody that. But I get this sick feeling, like there's no point to any of it. I need something more to get me up in the morning. --Anonymous friend a long time ago, paraphrased.There is a natural momentum to life that keeps us moving t … [Read more...]

The Forgotten War to the South

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A few weeks ago, right before the Foreign Policy Presidential Debate, I made the case that the most pressing foreign policy issue to be ignored in the debate would be our declining relationship with Afganistan, a nuclear nation. It turns out that the candidates did touch on Afganistan during the debate, although the discussion was hardly illuminating. While it is still true that our next president will need to firmly and ardently pursue better diplomatic relations with Afganistan to avoid … [Read more...]

Frequently Searched Questions: I’m so Afraid of a Romney Presidency

Artist's rendition of "Crog." Image Credit:  Sam Howzit via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The following are actual search terms people typed into Google (Yahoo?) which directed them to CaPC. In most cases they didn’t find the answer they were looking for on our site. FSQ is an attempt to remedy this problem by answering some of the most (de)pressing questions sent to us through search terms.This week, the theme is Sex, and it is rated SoS (Song of Solomon, or Song of Songs if you're one of those people) for figurative and possibly irrelevant references to vaguely sexual act … [Read more...]

Hurricane Sandy Reminds Me that I Enjoy a Good Natural Disaster, Because I’m a Terrible Human Being

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When I was a kid I loved a good storm. I would gather every bucket I could find and place them around the back of our house to catch the rainwater pouring down eaves. While it rained I'd man the buckets, moving them to more efficient places, pouring smaller pails into bigger containers. I'd keep these buckets for weeks after the storm until the water turned brown from dirt and dead leaves and I would have to dump them out. Maybe I kept the water because we lived in a desert, or maybe because I … [Read more...]


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