iToddler: How Soon Is Too Soon To Expose Kids To Technology?

When I was a child, my family made a strict decision to keep gaming consoles out of the house. Game Boys and PlayStations were all devices meant to be played at our cousin's house, or while waiting around at a friend's house, but not at home. In a way, it opened my mind to other activities.However, buying a Game Boy eventually became a primary goal in my young life. I saved up all my money, asked both the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus for a system, and kept nagging my parents. Dad finally … [Read more...]

After the Bangladesh Garment Disaster, Signs of Negligence and Change

It was just an accident.Accident: an unfortunate event resulting especially from carelessness or ignoranceIt's been several weeks since the terrible tragedy occurred in Savar, Bangladesh.The numbers rose steadily as the days passed. As it stands today, the death toll has climbed to 1,127. The rescue workers have reached the basement, where they are almost certain that no more victims are to be recovered.Over 1,000 bodies.The factory workers saw the cracks in the building, … [Read more...]

Moore, Oklahoma Needs Prayer and Help Right Now, Not Our Theological Pontifications

April 27, 2011, began like any other day. I had no idea that by day's end, 62 tornadoes would rip through my home state of Alabama. That afternoon, I watched the tornado form about a mile down the road from my house from my back porch. I had no idea what I was looking at. That conflagration of clouds that I watched would form an F5 tornado and sweep clean parts of Ider, Alabama.The last half of that day felt like a bombing raid. The tornado sirens blared practically all day and night. I told … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Remembering ‘The Office’… and Our Vows

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.After a long hiatus, I tuned in for Thursday’s series finale of The Office, having been persuaded by Amy Lepine Peterson’s thoughtful commentary. I started to work backward too, and found myself particularly moved by the “Paper Airplanes” episode scene where Jim embraces Pam and she resists -- at first. She’s frustrated that he’s putting work first again, and he’s … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Feeding the Poor with Beauty in Music

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture, and faith.In a recent article ("Worship and Identity: The Role of Beauty in the Church") at Transpositions, I was struck by this assertion by Holly Ordway, chair of the Department of Apologetics and director of the MA in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University: “Certainly, all the money used to build a church and make it beautiful could be given to the poor instead—but that would not be feed … [Read more...]

Dear Dr. Gosnell

Dear Dr. Gosnell,It's hard to know where to begin. I even struggled with the salutation. I wasn't sure whether to call you a "doctor" or not. But then, it struck me that you really are a doctor: Kermit Gosnell, MD. That makes what you did worse—more confusing, more disgusting.What I refuse to call you, or anyone who does the same work you do, is an "abortion doctor." That phrase makes no sense to me. Doctors sustain life; they heal people; they cure disease. You treated human life like i … [Read more...]

CaPC Playlist: Lauryn Hill, Brand New, Agent Ribbons, Brett Dennen, and Vespers

Brief thoughts on songs that are on CaPC writers' playlists. You can check out this week’s playlist on Spotify here."Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)" —Lauryn HillLauryn Hill's fierce raps look to fight against a litany of the world's problems stemming from what is stated in the penultimate line "this godless neurotic society." We're living in a joke time, metaphorical coke time Commerce and guru men, run the whole world man Old drunken debauchery, old … [Read more...]

Millenials and Their “Radical” Faith

Over the last few months, I’ve been half-following this conversation in the Christian blogosphere about what it means to be “radical,” whether faith can be radical in the suburbs, and whether calls to radical faith are helpful or harmful for those trying to follow Jesus.  Last week Anthony Bradley, a professor at King’s College in New York City, wrote a piece that’s been bothering me.  After a long conversation with an undergraduate wrestling with the idea of vocation, Dr. Bradley wrote:I c … [Read more...]

“A Piece of the Continent”: Touch, Providence, and Human Connectedness

May 10 marked the season (and also the series) finale of Fox’s Touch, a show I've followed since its premiere last spring. Touch followed widower Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) as he attempted to develop a relationship with his seemingly autistic son Jake (David Mazouz), who is non-verbal but can comprehend patterns in numerical sequences. The show’s first season was largely episodic: each week, Jake would relay a number to Martin, who somehow had to learn its importance in order to help a stran … [Read more...]

Just to Clarify: The Boy Scouts of America Are Not Endorsing Homosexuality

The Boy Scouts are both a private association and an icon of American wholesomeness. Boy Scouts represent the clean cut, responsible adventurers among us, always looking to improve themselves, their environments, and those around them. While the Scouts are not an explicitly religious organization, and definitely are not a parochial wing of evangelicalism, the organization was founded in a fit of Teddy Roosevelt Progressivism, spurred by worries about the negative effects of urbanization and the … [Read more...]