Should Pastors (or any of us) Read the Word on an iPad?

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I have a Bible app on my phone and I love it. I usually use it in the morning to listen to my daily readings as I putter around making coffee and becoming human again. I've sat down with a number of my students and helped them download that same app in order to show them how easy it is to read a chapter a day instead of spending those 5 minutes checking some inane Reddit thread that, like sugar with teeth, will eventually rot their souls. (I might have to pay for that one later.)That said, … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Parenting in the Big Picture

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.My elder daughter received The Big Picture Story Bible as a gift from her godparents (fellow CAPC writer Carissa Turner Smith and her husband). The book, written by David Helm and illustrated by Gail Schoonmaker, is beautiful, complete with vibrant images and simple, poetic text. As the title suggests, the book is filled with bright, big pictures, and it also follows … [Read more...]

More than Mere Suggestions

When Tim (not his real name) mentioned he had not seen many movies but was interested in good recommendations, I became quite excited.  I began describing the ins and outs of some favorite movies; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, In America, Sunshine Cleaning.  I told him about pain and loss and memory and joy and family and healing.  I told him that these and other movies had played an important part in developing my faith and sense of self.  And then something hit me and I blurted, “Oh wa … [Read more...]

How Reading Disturbing Novels can make you a Better Reader of the Bible

As a PhD student in Literature, a typical question I get asked when I meet someone is what my field is. My answer, Modern American literature, has seldom been received well, as it is also known as a dreadfully depressing period in American fiction. Usually the follow up question goes something like: "Do you read those books because they are assigned or because you enjoy reading them?" The implied question is why anyone, particularly a Christian, would choose to read a book like As I Lay Dying or … [Read more...]


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