If you haven't heard, Starbucks hates Christmas, or more specifically, they hate just the Jesus part of Christmas. The "insanity" (as The Atlantic puts it) over the Starbucks Christmas cup controversy was, to me, not that surprising. It was inevitable that, at some point in the next few weeks, some rant somewhere would go viral … Continue reading Happy holidays? Why the secularism movement doesn’t go nearly far enough
Lately, I’ve been reading through a book by Jim Putman, of Real Life Ministries, with a few other guys from my church. Putman is a former wrestling coach, and he uses a lot of sports analogies in discussing things like the work and edification of the church. It got me thinking about what it might … Continue reading If coaches coached their teams the way we do church
Every family’s closet has a skeleton or two, those awkward little curiosities of the past that most everyone would rather forget — but no one can. Maybe it’s the weird uncle who collects unusually colored pieces of used chewing gum from the undersides of picnic tables and park benches. Maybe it’s the second cousin who … Continue reading It’s Easter. Let’s party.
Comics, in general, are rarely a reliable place to turn to for great theology, and web comics — even less so. Radio Free Babylon is often pretty solid — or, at least, thought-provoking without being offensive or mindlessly reductionist — which is usually the best that one can hope for on the ol' Interwebs, where … Continue reading Web comic theology
A bit of accidental worship heresy during Sunday's service at our church, Bethany Evangelical Free, which is normally pretty solid doctrinally. The song in question is Todd Fields' "Let Me Sing." This never happened back when we had hymnals, now did it?
In select subsets of evangelical culture, there exists a barbaric practice that I call "Mormon-baiting." Essentially, it involves the Christian — usually an evangelical; usually a man — inviting into his home missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during their door-to-door proselytizing. The catch is that the evangelical really isn't the … Continue reading On Mormon-baiting, and other Latter-day thoughts
We have been re-watching the "Harry Potter" octalogy (yes, that's really what it's called) the past few days, and I have some questions. Most of them start with the word "why." But my main question is this: Why is Albus Dumbledore so widely revered as the greatest wizard of his day? WARNING: The following article … Continue reading DUMBledore: Worst wizard ever?
I was bored last week so I made this thing.
Last night, Tyler Clawson and I got to see an advanced screening of "A Good Day to Die Hard." That sentence is how this post would have started, if not for this lameness, which started right before the screening was scheduled to begin. So we never actually saw the movie, but the hour spent staring … Continue reading Long live ‘Die Hard’
Abraham Lincoln is an American hero. Arguably the greatest U.S. president in history, he ended nearly 250 years of institutionalized slavery, preserved the Union and won the deadliest war in our nation's history, just for good measure. But that wasn't good enough for Hollywood — well part of Hollywood, anyway. In its infinite wisdom, it … Continue reading Mashup movies we hope they never make