Citizenship Confusion: When a U.S. Soldier Slaughters Civilians

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Early on Sunday, in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan, a U.S. Sergeant (allegedly) walked from the military base where he was stationed on a "a village stabilization operation," [NYTimes] which involved building relationships with local leaders, to a village in the Panjwai district, where he moved through three homes, killing entire fami … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Church and the Culture of Fear

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.Christians are a people who are only supposed to know one great fear: The fear of the Lord. In all other areas of life, we are to be utterly fearless. We believe that we serve an Almighty God who watches over us with intense interest, and always acts for our greatest good. He loves us so greatly that He sent His Son to rescue us from sin and death, and He has promised to carry us from cradle … [Read more...]

Uncovering Contraception

I appreciate the irony of writing about birth control while six months pregnant; I keep imagining the looks I might get when I pick up my research from the library. A bit late for this sort of reading, no? But the recent controversy over birth control in the Obama administration’s healthcare reforms illustrates that birth control is about far more than whether or when women get pregnant. The current issue is fraught with legal and religious ideologies that are difficult, if not impossible, to u … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: The Backlash against Obama's Apology for the Koran Burning

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.At the end of last week, Afganistan erupted with protests, demonstrations, and violence over news that U.S. soldiers had burned Korans. In this violence, many were killed, including two U.S. soldiers. In order to quell the fighting and assure Muslims that the United States did not intentionally desecrate the Koran and mock Muslim beliefs and … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: A Plea for the Persecuted

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.Most of us have never seen real persecution with our own eyes, and for that I am grateful. In the United States, Christians may have to deal with being made fun of, and we may be misrepresented in the media. But that is hardly the same as having to worry about an angry mob kicking in your door and dragging you off to your death. Friends I have made have had this very real worry, and I have … [Read more...]

Beyond Wretched: Wretched TV, Deception, and "Violent" Muslims

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Please read the 2/23/12 update at the end of the article. Whenever I hear Christians claiming that Muslims are "violent," I immediately become suspicious and I try to discover on what basis the accusation is made; so, when Wretched TV posted a YouTube clip titled "Those Peaceful Muslims" on their Facebook page, I was compelled to watch it, and I was disturbed by what I saw. If you don't know, Wretched is not your typical conservative Christian news show; it is affiliated with Way of the … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Prayers for the Nation

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.In the excitement leading up to the Super Bowl (expected to draw its biggest audience ever and banking on 30-second ad slots worth $3.5 million) and Punxsutawney Phil’s unsurprising prediction of more winter, most people probably missed any news related to the National Prayer Breakfast. Granted, the breakfast is essentially a series of political meetings, but the ke … [Read more...]

Two Can Play at That: What Komen Can Teach Us about Boycotts (Updated)

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Breast Cancer vs. Abortion The last week was one of the most eventful, and yet most uneventful weeks in recent pro-life history. Here's the condensed version:On Tuesday, January 31, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation announced that they would no longer give grants to Planned Parenthood. Pro-life advocates cheered, donated money to Komen, and sent them messages of encouragement. Pro-choice advocates booed, donated money to Planned Parenthood, and sent Komen messages of dis … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Pamela Geller Abuses a Murder

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. A few weeks ago I wrote about how Robert Spencer, of Jihad Watch "fame," had grossly misrepresented a Texas Christmas day murder-suicide as an Islamic "honor-killing," a claim which was not substantiated by the police or the news reports. In that post I ended by saying:"Spencer goes well beyond speculation by calling this an 'Islamic honor … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Do You Care What Others Think about You?

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.A running theme in my column last year was the various ways in which the church has wrongly adopted vicious and self-interested discourses and rhetoric which are so popular in our country. Charity is seen as people-pleasing or being "PC." Complex issues are reduced to simplistic caricatures and fiercely defended. Opponents are mocked. Giving o … [Read more...]


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