Citizenship Confusion: Instead of Cutting Aid, Let’s Increase It

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Each week in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and world.The number of food stamp and welfare recipients in the United States has grown dramatically in the past few years. Liberals interpret this as a reflection of how well the State is caring for those in need. How would these families eat if they didn't have aid? Conservatives tend to interpret these figures as evidence of out-of-control government … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: When WORLD Mag Promotes a Radical Anti-Muslim Advocate

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In Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Although I often disagree with some of their political stances, I appreciate and respect WORLD Magazine and its Editor and Chief, Marvin Olasky. WORLD has long been doing the good work of thoughtful, biblical, culture-building journalism and commentary. So, it was deeply disappointing to see Olasky promoting and recommending the works of a radical anti … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Feeding the Poor with Beauty in Music

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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...]

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

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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...]

Citizenship Confusion: The Boston Bombers Tell Us Why They Did it

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Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. This morning, CNN reported that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators why he and his brother committed their horrifying act of terrorism in Boston:Tsarnaev scribbled [in a note found in the boat he was captured in] that the Boston victims were collateral damage as Muslims have been during war and that an attack against one Muslim is an attack against … [Read more...]

Podcast #120: Gatsby, The New Wave Of Complementarianism, and Bangladesh

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Click here to listen!This week, editor-in-chief Richard Clark, associate editor Ben Bartlett and writer Lauren Rambo (As well as Lauren's husband Tye) take time to explore the issues surrounding the "New Wave of Complementarianism", the events surrounding Bangladesh and the modern rendition of The Great Gatsby.We love feedback. If you’d like to respond, you can comment on the Web site or send an e-mail to christandpopculture@gmail.com. We’re also on Twitter and Facebook. We would love to … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Why I Support Internet Sales Tax, as a Christian

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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.The first thing you need to know about the Marketplace Fairness Act--commonly known as the Internet Sales Tax Act--floating around Congress and provoking much scorn and praise on the Internet is that it is not a new tax. Despite what you've heard this is not an effort by the Federal Government to raise our taxes. It is designed to help … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Do We Need the Word of God on Our Guns?

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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.Among all the wonderful promises Jesus gave His church perhaps the most difficult to understand and accept is the promise of persecution. But there it is, in John 15:20. If they persecuted Christ, the world will certainly persecute His church. And Christ has been faithful to that promise, as church history shows.Despite the long and … [Read more...]

Wise as Serpents: Making Too Much of Abortion and Polygamy

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What do Westboro Baptist Church, a liberal columnist at Slate arguing for polygamy, and abortionist Kermit Gosnell have in common?They are all specific examples within a broader class, and they are all almost completely obscured by rhetoric's tug of war. Both sides stake a claim to these kinds examples, contorting it to fit their argument du jour. It is no wonder that Nietzsche was driven to conclude that all truth is a power struggle when it seems like any fact can support completely o … [Read more...]

Podcast #117: The Gosnell Tragedy, How Sex Affects Faith, “Accidental Racist”

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Every week on the Christ and Pop Culture Podcast, various Christ and Pop Culture writers delve deeper into recent articles and address some of the bigger issues in popular culture.Click here to listen!Now we've done it. It's a controversy-cast. Editor-in-chief Richard Clark and associate editor Ben Bartlett bit the bullet and tackled the three most controversial issues from the last few weeks. Hopefully if you're listening to this podcast that means you'll hear us out as we struggle to … [Read more...]


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