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Are We Just Trying to Pack the Pews?

As Christians, we know that we are supposed to be engaging the lost.  Here in the South there’s a lot of talk about the unchurched, but I’m not sure I really want to church anyone up (can church even be used as a verb like that??), and multiplication of terms sometimes obscures the plainest problem…

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On Grove City College and Fostering a Liberal Arts Culture

It’s a shame when I hear people speak with lackluster tone about their Alma maters.  It’s almost as though college was a place they merely tolerated.  They put their heads down and plowed through to that graduation stage where they were granted the wages for all of their efforts: a diploma.  The classes were easy…

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’60 Minutes’ and the Ethics of Breeding Out Disease

Sunday night, on 60 Minutes Norah O’Donnell looked into the reproductive genetics industry.  The entire show’s transcript can be read here.  O’Donnell primarily interacted with two figures, Dr. Mark Hughes and Lee Silver.  Dr. Hughes is a pioneer in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), and Silver has patented technology that produces what he calls ‘digital babies’.…

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Christians are an Expendable, Enraging Nuisance

The events surrounding the sermon subpoena [can we call it “Sermongate”?] in Houston reminded me and others of a particular incident involving John the Baptist, Herod, and his mistress (Matthew 14:1-13).  The similarities are uncanny: a government official using political power to silence a man for speaking out against sexual sin.  However, I do doubt that any…

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Analyzing Sartwell’s Irrational (Existential) Atheism

I ran into Crispin Sartwell’s essay “Irrational Atheism” from The Atlantic in a few different places over the past few days, and I must admit that I found his honesty refreshing.  Rather than engage in apologetics or debate, I think a few comments about his underlying assumptions would help us to understand exactly what Sartwell…

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What If My Child Said, “I Think I’m Gay”?

If your child came to you and said, “I’m gay,” what would you do? Recently a friend of mine (who blogs at Loving My Lot) mentioned John Pavlovitz’s article “If I Have Gay Children…” and wanted to know my thoughts.  Since I am not typically a rage-against-the-machine type of blogger and Pavlovitz has made it…