“War on Christmas” Post-mortem: Do Christians Have a Persecution Complex?

Like megachurches, homeschooling, and Tim Tebow, “Merry Christmas” has become a religio-cultural Rorschach test.  If you prefer that department stores greet you with a “Merry Christmas,” or at least wish they didn’t feel compelled to adopt the anodyne “Happy Holidays,” chances are good you’re a conservative Christian of some stripe.  If, on the other hand, [Read More...]

Jobs for Jesus? What Would a Christian Steve Jobs Look Like?

When I heard that Steve Jobs had passed away, the first person I asked for thoughts was Andy Crouch.  Jobs was clearly a “culture maker” in multiple senses, and Andy (author of Culture Making) has established himself as one of America’s preeminent commentators on Christian faith and the shaping, consumption, and especially the production of [Read More...]

Rob Bell, Hollywood Celebrity?

Rob Bell recently announced his decision to leave Mars Hill Bible Church, the congregation he founded and guided to mega-church status in Grandville, Michigan, to move his family to Los Angeles and pursue other interests.  The church’s official statement said he would “devote his full energy to sharing the message of God’s love with a [Read More...]

Is the Jesus Story a Myth?

Every now and then I’ll hear from someone who has bought into the “Jesus Myth” hypothesis.  You can find this in books like Jesus Potter, Harry Christ, in the “historical” studies of Acharya S., or from your neighborhood atheist who heard that there are some similarities between the stories of Jesus and Mithras, and who [Read More...]

An Open Letter to a College Freshman

Dear Freshman, At last your time has come.  Leaving behind the old world and the deep ruts you carved in the corner of that world that belonged to you, you’re off to explore undiscovered countries, to join a new and ever-replenishing society of fascinating people and learned scholars and impassioned artists and driven achievers, off to [Read More...]


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