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...]

Shocking News: Men Are in Trouble

Add these to your already extensive “Men Are in Trouble” files.  My thanks to Mark Rogers for the first two.  First, “Lean Years” from David Brooks of the NYT: Over the past few decades, men have lagged behind women in acquiring education and skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, at age 22, 185 [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...]

Church Fight Clubs: Good or Bad Idea?

The New York Times just published an article entitled “Flock Is Now a Fight Team in Some Ministries” that bears looking into.  It profiles evangelical “fight clubs” and quotes a number of pastors and young men who participate in them. Here are some key quotations: Mr. Renken’s ministry is one of a small but growing [Read More...]

How to Tell Who the Best Employees Will Be–From Soccer

This is a fun tidbit about how one CEO figures out who could and could not be a good worker and leader in his company.  He plays soccer. Here are the qualities he looks for when he plays (and hires): One is reliability, the sense that they’re not going to let the team down, that [Read More...]

Act Like a Man, Dude (Conference Edition)

Check out the upcoming Act Like Men conference in Columbus, Ohio on February 6, 2010.  It’s hosted by Veritas Church of Columbus and looks great.  Here’s the description: Act Like Men is a one-day conference in Columbus, Ohio that exists to rally and challenge men to live into Paul’s call for Gospel transformation in every [Read More...]

Book Reviews: Chabon on Men, Crawford on Work

Time for one of my favorite things to do: briefly review books.  It’s tough to do this in the midst of the academic semester.  I’ve got two critically acclaimed bestsellers for you today, each of which I review in summary fashion. First up is Michael Chabon’s very recent Manhood for Amateurs (HarperCollins, 2009).  Chabon is [Read More...]

10 Million Words: Or, Something Only Tim Challies Would Attempt

The latest from Ben Peays and The Gospel Coalition: The Gospel Coalition is pleased to welcome 10 Million Words — a new blog by Tim Challies. Over the next year Challies will read and review all of The New York Times bestsellers (nearly 200!). The aim of this project is to learn about American culture [Read More...]

David Brooks: We Need a Moral Economic Awakening

NYT columnist David Brooks has a thoughtful column out today called “The Next Culture War” that suggests that the shameful levels of debt our country is now carrying are a moral issue.  He’s got a great point, I think, though I disagree with him on a number of matters (the “culture wars” and the issues [Read More...]

NYT: Modern Women are Unhappy

I have blogged about this before–mainly because it keeps coming up–but I’ve just read a fascinating piece called “Blue Is the New Black” by NYT op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd in which she briefly explores her thesis that modern women are unhappy. (Photo: Adam Polselli) Here’s a synopsis of her argument: [T]he more women have achieved, [Read More...]


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