Fifty Shades of Let’s Get Serious

Fifty Shades of Grey

E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey sold over 10 million copies in its first six weeks here in the U.S., according to the publisher.If you're close to the publishing business, you know that number is high enough to induce acute tachycardia. Precious few books ever sell such quantities. But this book and its companion volumes are hardly precious, and there are some serious reasons to be concerned about the phenomenon.I've now read several exchanges among Christians in the blogosphere and on … [Read more...]

Fighting Downton Abbey passions

Matthew and Mary

At the dawn of the surprise-hit series Downton Abbey Mary Crawley has a momentary and tragic fling with a guest staying at her family's estate. Opportunity presents in the form of the dashing Turkish envoy, Kemal Pamuk. Lust prevails, and her moral failure and the threat of its scandalous exposure form a good bit of the dramatic pulse that drives the story forward … [Read more...]

Why we don’t bear fruit

Parable of the sower

One of Jesus' many well-known parables is the parable of the sower, which imagines a man with a bag of seed, casting the kernels this way and that. The seed, which represents the gospel, lands on different types of soil, which represent human hearts, human lives.We often think of this parable as speaking primarily about evangelism. The sower is the evangelist, spreading the Word. But that's only the most basic dimension. … [Read more...]


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