‘Where Is Your God Now?’ (Or, That Brief Horrible Moment We All Thought Bieber Was Robin)

"Where is your God now?" accused one of my friends. "I'd have to rethink the problem of evil and God's goodness, if it were true" said another. I—who usually am not thrown off in situations of theological doubt in the face of pain—stood there, silent, unable to muster up a response in the face of such pointless evil.What horror could throw my friends and I into such deep, existential and theological instability? This:In case you weren't aware, over the weekend Justin Bieber threw up a pic … [Read more...]

Justin Bieber & the Dangers of Being Famous too Early

Back when my wife and I used to watch American Idol with her family every week, I had a staunch policy of not supporting any contestants under the age of 18, regardless of talent or the competition.  My gut feeling was that 16 is just too young for most people to have that much attention focused on them.  If they were good, take a shot at it in another couple of years.A few years on, a couple of years of college ministry later, my gut hasn't changed. (Well, my inner gut. We'll pass over my w … [Read more...]

If I were Justin Bieber, I’d Press Charges against Jenny McCarthy

I know that's easy for me to say given that I am neither famous nor particularly attractive, and the likelihood of Jenny McCarthy sexually harassing me is slim to none, but I do think the mild reaction to McCarthy grabbing Justin Bieber's bottom did not fit the crime. In case you missed it, Jenny McCarthy presented Bieber with the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album two weeks ago at the American Music Awards, and as Bieber  turned his back on McCarthy to face the audience, she grabbed him, p … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Is Justin Bieber 'Safe' for Children?

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.An article went up yesterday that was being passed around various entertainment blogs and publications. It created a stir in both Christian and non-Christian circles for parents who are concerned about their children. The article spotlights a primary school's decision to replace the patriotic country song "God Bless the USA" with the Justin Bieber … [Read more...]