ELSEWHERE: Debating the American Flag in the Sanctuary

Many American Christians love their country to the point of putting the national flag in their sanctuary.  But is this a good thing?  Christianity Today features  a few arguments from notable Evangelical leaders who are either for it, against it, or somewhere in between. It's a helpful take on the question of the relationship between American Patriotism and the Christian commitment to the Kingdom. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Dove’s New Ad Wonders Why Women Hide from Cameras

In this light-hearted, yet serious, commercial, Dove wants to know: when did you stop thinking you were beautiful? We watch as ladies move to hide away from camera lens and the viewer. Is this really a sign of insecurity, a lack of confidence in one's own beauty? Or is it just another ad to convince women that they are more insecure than they really are? … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Spiritual Draw of the City

Last night, my wife and I got dressed up, hopped in the car, and took the two-hour drive from Waco to Austin just so that we could be in a city for dinner. I'm not sure I understand why we did it; however, Christianity Today just published an article by Aaron Renn entitled "Why Cities Feel Glorious" that might contain an answer. If you, like me, are drawn to urban centers, consider Renn's words: Suburbs are often unfairly maligned as lacking the qualities that make cities great. But one place … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Interviews with a Former Radical Lesbian, Current Christian

Earlier this year, I read The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. The book covers Butterfield's conversion, from radical lesbian to Christian. I would highly recommend the book if you have not read it yet. I found these two interviews with Butterfield helpful as I seek to be faithful to truth in light of a constantly changing culture. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Want to Blame Something for Zombies? Blame iPhones.

Why are zombies so popular?  My personal favorite answer is Mike Rugnetta's theory that  Zombies represent the effects of technology pervading our everyday life.  That explains why World War Z depicts its zombies with iPhones in their pockets! … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Women can be Win Bread?!?!?

Gender.  Ah, that unforgettable topic.  Gender never stops being controversial, especially when it comes to the question of whether or not women should be allowed to be the breadwinner, the main moneymaker in a relationship.  Katelyn Beaty of Christianity Today argues that it just might be okay for women to be the breadwinner, since it's sometimes necessary for women to do this in light of their context. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Artists Continue Pushing The Boundaries Of What It Means To Be Human

Back in 2011, I wrote a piece about Marion Laval-Jeantet, a French artist who injected herself with horse blood plasma in order to explore "trans-species relationships." Laval-Jeantet isn't the only artist working in this area and using their body as an artistic medium, though. Here's a list of 7 "bio-artists" who explore, sometimes in disturbing ways, such topics as human enhancement, post-genderism, social concepts of beauty, and genetic manipulation. And in the process, they can challenge m … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Which Side Is the Right Side of History?

With the new SCOTUS decisions coming down, there's been a lot of historical prognostication and jabbering about being on "the right side of history." Ted Olsen reminds us over at Christianity Today, that there have been a lot of rewrites. … [Read more...]

Silver Linings in DOMA Case?

From a legal and political perspective, I'm with Hadley Arkes that this is an unmitigated disaster. But from the perspective of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I can agree with Dr. Russell Moore that there is always good news, even though, as he puts it, "Same-sex marriage is headed for your community." Wise words for those of us who don't plan to give in - ever - regardless of what the Court might say. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Is Your Favorite Pop Star Part of the “Devil-Worshipping Thralls of the Illuminati”?

Over at Medium, Stu Horvath considers the claims of some of the more, uhm, eccentric Christian popular culture critics. Are pop starts like Beyonce, Kanye West, and Jay-Z really part of a mystical organization run by and for Satan himself? The answer may (not) surprise you. … [Read more...]