Sandra Bullock’s Dilemma, John Piper’s Decision, and Parenthood’s Complexity

David Brooks poses an interesting question in his column today: Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal? [Read More...]

Michael Horton, Darryl Hart on “Church Parents,” and the Death of Private Practice

If you haven’t read recent texts by Westminster West professor Michael Horton, you should.  He’s a cultural critic of evangelicalism and has much good to say.  Here are some videos to check out. ************** While we’re on the subject of cultural critics of evangelicalism, we visit historian Darryl Hart’s blog for a provocative piece.  I [Read More...]

Christian Hipster Cities, Oxford Scholarships, and Clint Eastwood Movies

I came across a fun and informal piece recently on the “Top Ten Cities for Christian Hipsters”.  A fun read.  The author’s not trying to be scientific.  Number one city?  Chicago.  Figures. It’s interesting to play this off of a recent post by an Acts29 pastor featured on the blog of Justin Taylor that wondered [Read More...]

The Crusades, Church Architecture, and Liberty University’s Strangest Student

Hunter Baker has a post up at Evangel on Rodney Stark’s new book on the crusades, God’s Battalions.  Here’s what he says about the book by way of description: Rodney Stark’s God’s Batallions is an outstanding book designed to help the educated reader (not only the academic reader) understand the Crusades.  You know the routine. [Read More...]

Public Speaking, Sarah Palin, and “Accidental” Plagiarism

I know some folks saw this video a while back, but I just came across it again and almost fell out of my chair laughing.  It’s the “boom goes the dynamite” segment from a poor Ball State sportscaster, and it is ridiculously funny. Note: Brian Collins sounds like a good guy.  Read the updated story.  [Read More...]

HBU’s The City, David Brooks, and the Urban Woodsman

The City has just published its latest issue in ZMags.  If you have never used this web program, check out the site.  It’ll take you a minute, but it’s pretty cool. Also, if you are a thinking Christian, sign up to receive The City for free from Houston Baptist University.  I read every page in [Read More...]

Least Adopted Children, Rebuilding Men, and the Hilarious Jean-Ralphio

According to the NYT, black boys are the least likely children to be adopted.  This is helpful for Christians who have a heart for orphan care to keep in mind. ************* This is an interesting website from an African-American pastor who is calling for the renewal of men in his community.  Looks like great stuff. [Read More...]

The Link 12.5.09: Great Music, Scanwiches, and Climate Change

1. Here’s a link to some excellent music by Peter Bradley Adams, formerly of the duo eastmountainsouth.  Really–check this guy out.  You can even get a free EP of Adams’s music if you want to test-drive it. 2. Have you seen the site scanwiches.com?  Try looking at it without getting hungry. 3. Here’s a well-funded [Read More...]

The Link 11.13.09: Steven Curtis Chapman, Young Rapping Conservatives, and Sarah Palin Populism

1. Steven Curtis Chapman has a beautiful new album out called Beauty Will Rise.  Buy the album.  Seriously.  Even if, like me, you rarely buy CCM stuff, you should buy this one.  It’s filled with sadness, truth, and hope.  I don’t know that I’ve heard anything quite like it. Also, here’s a CNN interview with [Read More...]

The Link 10.30.09: The Swell Season, the World’s Best Dunker, and Anti-Heroes

A number of fun things for your Internet consumption today. 1. Have you heard of The Swell Season?  It’s the duo that produced the film “Once.” Excellent music.  You can stream most of the cd online. 2. You read this blog, so you know that I can’t resist a good dunk every now and then.  [Read More...]


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