Doing Big Things: City to City Church Planting in Paris

One of the most encouraging developments in our day is church planting in global cities.  My buddy Freddy Wyatt, for example, is planting the Gallery Church in Manhattan, a work that I love (featured recently in the New York Times).  Aaron Coe of the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention) is doing high-level thinking and strategy [Read More...]

Linsanity! Part 4: An Essay on Why David Brooks Is Wrong on Jeremy Lin

David Brooks just suggested in the New York Times that athletic success and humility necessarily conflict and cannot coexist in a person.  He wrote his piece, “The Jeremy Lin Problem,” on New York Knicks star (I love writing that) Jeremy Lin, who led the Knicks to their eighth win in nine games yesterday against NBA [Read More...]

The “Immobile Class”: On College and Work in the New America

The New York Times recently published a thought-provoking article on the new American economy entitled “A Mess on the Ladder of Success.” Here’s a snippet: Rather than dividing the country into the 1 percenters versus everyone else, the split in our economy is really between two other classes: the mobile and immobile. This is an [Read More...]

Evangelical Gnostics and the Mind-improving Nature of Physical Exercise

This snippet from the NYT Well blog should encourage you to get whatever exercise you can in these winter months: To learn more about how exercise affects the brain, scientists in Ireland recently asked a group of sedentary male college students to take part in a memory test followed by strenuous exercise. First, the young [Read More...]

NY Times: Readers Register Discomfort Over “Pregnancy Reduction”

Those who read about the New York Times magazine story on “pregnancy reductions” (a euphemism for the abortion of one or more gestating babies) on this and other blogs might find this graphic from the NYT interesting. It’s a bit hard to make out (click here for the link to the graphic), but it shows [Read More...]

Why Grades Matter to Christians: A BibleMesh Post

Why should you care about grade inflation? First, because it’s happening en masse. In a post entitled “A History of College Grade Inflation” on the New York Times Economix blog, Catherine Rampell recently drew attention to the work of Stuart Rojstaczer, formerly a Duke professor of geophysics, and Christopher Healy, a computer science professor at Furman [Read More...]

Sportswriter Bill Simmons Profiled at Length in the New York Times

Some of you out there enjoy sports, and you read Grantland.com‘s Bill Simmons.  Simmons is not a Christian writer; his material can be racy, even gross.  If you enjoy thoughtful sportswriting, however, he is tough to beat.  I read him with discretion. The New York Times recently published a lengthy magazine piece entitled “Can Bill [Read More...]

The Return of Ralph Reed, and the Prospect of Evangelical Politics

The New York Times just ran a story on former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed entitled “A Political Revival for Ralph Reed.”  It’s worth reading. Behold this selection: Hardly bashful these days, Mr. Reed suggests that his party needs him. He said that “a couple good friends, fairly senior in the party” told him, “You [Read More...]

The Cornerback Who Was Killed, the SI Writer Who Is a Gordon Grad

Do you read long-form journalism?  You should.  There’s pressure today to make journalism short, to squeeze all such writing into bullet points and text boxes.  Surely there’s a place for that.  But there’s a massive place for journalists who take on a big story and tell it at length with great skill. Thomas Lake is [Read More...]

Culture Watch: Abortion on “Friday Night Lights”

Some out there have likely enjoyed the honest, well-made show “Friday Night Lights” on NBC.  According to an article entitled “On ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Abortion in a Small Town” by Ginia Bellafante in the New York Times, last night’s episode featured a teenage girl deciding to have an abortion.  I haven’t seen this episode of [Read More...]


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