Science Explains Why We Love to Suffer on Black Friday

I've only gone out on Black Friday -- the massive shopping "holiday" that takes place on the day after Thanksgiving -- once. It was shortly after I got married. My wife and I went to the local Kohl's, found some items we liked with reduced prices. We never purchased those items, because we decided we had better things to do with our Friday than wait in a line that wrapped all the way around the store's interior. We put the items back and left.However, there are plenty of people who are … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Breaking the Shopping Habit

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.I've written a lot of criticism lately about how the church engages in politics and culture, and while I stand by what I wrote, I hope to broaden the way I use this space in the future by providing balance to my criticisms and by criticizing less, as I addressed last week (See: Citizenship Confusion: Why I Criticize the Church). What better wa … [Read more...]