Why Orange is the New Black is TV’s most beautiful show (at Think Christian)

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Last week, I was over at Think Christian writing about one of my favorite TV shows: At first Orange is the New Black seems fixated on capturing the ugly in this low-security women’s prison. We are Shocked and Appalled by the cruelty, incivility and lasciviousness of the inmates. If we take any comfort in the high-schoolishness of the early cafeteria scenes, we are immediately jarred back to full alert by a single breakfast sandwich at the end of the first episode. This is danger. This is ins … [Read more...]

Roe-ing, Wade-ing, & Reflecting

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Today is the 41st anniversary of the landmark decision immortalized as "Roe v. Wade."This may seem like a silly play on words for the sake of a blog metaphor (and one which has probably been done before), but if Roe v. Wade was a changing of the tide, I wonder how we are all doing - as a nation, as a church, as a human race - in these new seas. How are we getting on? Are we sure of ourselves or just wading out a little further into the ocean of safe and legal abortion to see if it all works? … [Read more...]

Lifting Up Creative Christianity [& Authentic Shalom]

Some weeks ago, I published a post that was strong and, I believe, rightfully so. It was called "Calling Out Celebrity Christianity [& Counterfeit Justice]." It got some good feedback/pushback here and lots of action over at HuffPost Religion .I want to offer this post, not as a retraction, but a parallel, and perhaps balancing, affirmation in the midst of my previous denials.Where I sought to call out Celebrity Christianity before, now I want to lift up Creative Christianity. At … [Read more...]

Prophetic Recoil & the Need for Boldness

I have this tendency, and maybe you do too.It's the tendency to speak out strongly against something that seems to be an injustice or an area of dishonesty or hypocrisy that is causing others real harm or pain. It's the tendency to act on a conviction - not out of unrighteous anger, but out of urgent passion - and write that post or respond to that tweet or preach that message or interrupt that conversation where almost everyone seems to be agreeing about all the wrong things. It's the … [Read more...]

Ideologies of Death: Gosnell, Boston, Warren, & Guns

Let me start by saying that I undertake this post with some trepidation.And that's because the list in the title is unbelievably heavy. Writing about just one of these things would be difficult enough. But all of them?Additionally, finding a common thread among these items runs the risk of communicating to the less careful reader that they are in some way the same - which they most assuredly are not. The common thread I wish to unravel does not have to do with the circumstances of the … [Read more...]


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