The Birth Control Web Gets Stickier

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Barack Obama made a public effort this week to reach a compromise with religious employers on the government’s new health care plan. At issue was a requirement that all employers offer birth control to women through their insurance plans, however some religious organizations take specific moral issue with birth control. The compromise, to me, seemed [Read More...]

Is Social Media Making Kids Sick?

More than a dozen high school girls and one adult at LeRoy High School in upstate New York all are exhibiting bizarre symptoms similar to that of Tourette’s syndrome. Each person manifests behavior in varying degrees of severity, but all are struggling with some form of uncontrollable facial tics, body twitches and even vocal outbursts. [Read More...]

Komen, Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Debate’s False Dichotomy

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The news of the Susan G. Komen Foundation pulling their funding for Planned Parenthood facilities is no breaking news. Neither is it that Karen Handel, Vice President for Public Affairs, stepped down after the firestorm of publicity and subsequent reversal of position by her organization. Usually I like to respond to issues sooner than this, [Read More...]

Examining John Piper’s “Masculine Christianity”

I really want to give people like John Piper the benefit of the doubt. Given that he’s a minister in the Baptist tradition, it doesn’t surprise me when he only refers to God as “he” or when he talks about the man’s role as spiritual head of the household. I grew up Baptist, so I’ve [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill: A Case for Accountability

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I wrote a piece recently about Mark Driscoll, his Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and their practice of disciplining members. A number of bloggers have responded with our concerns about how the situation was handled, and recently Mars Hill issued a brief response to criticism of their handling of the matter (thanks to Ian Ebright [Read More...]

Shedding Blood in God’s Name

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I’ll admit I’m a sucker for stories about the malleability of human morality. From the mob movies, where a guy can whack his cousin but better not show his Patron any “disrespect,” to justice-seeking serial killers like “Dexter,” there’s plenty of justified violence to be found. Where do such seemingly contradictory value systems come from? [Read More...]

Best Super Bowl Commercials Ever

Believe it or not, some folks watch the Super Bowl for the football. For the rest of us, it’s the one time of the year we actually enjoy watching commercials. In honor of the game, I thought I’d post some of my favorite Super Bowl ads of all time. Terry Tate: Office Linebacker (Reebok) Fair [Read More...]

I’m an A**hole Dad

(From my memoir, PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date, on faith, fatherhood and family, due out April 1, 2012) Mattias: “Dad, I forgive you.” Me: “But I didn’t do anything wrong.” Mattias: “That’s okay. I forgive you anyway.” -Mattias, 5 years, 1 month Perhaps the biggest responsibility of a parent is [Read More...]

What is an Evangelical?

The “E Word” in Christianity is a funny thing. In one respect, Evangelicals are self-identified, and therefore, self-defined. On the other, popular culture (particularly media) lays its own meaning on what it means to be Evangelical. In the latter context, the word inevitably translates to “Conservative Christian.” But I think this definition isn’t fair. What’s [Read More...]

Christian Exorcism Leads to Gay Teen’s Suicide

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Eric James Borges was teased his entire life for being different. Though he didn’t come out publicly until his sophomore year of college, he recalls emotional and physical abuse as far back as kindergarten for his differences. And though most children undergo some degree of hazing from time to time, the seeming indifference of the [Read More...]


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