November, 2008

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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Black Friday Eve (aka Thanksgiving)

At dinner this evening, a friend of mine pointed out the irony in Black Friday following just one day after Thanksgiving. So we all sit around cozy tables surrounded by friends and family on Thursday, eating turkey and dressing, and relaxing the afternoon away either watching football or chatting with relatives we see twice a

Charles Spurgeon’s Excellent Daily Devotion

There are many good daily readings, also called “devotions,” that are soul- and heart- and mind-inspiring reflections written by more mature Christians who are down the road, so to speak, in their Christian walk. God really seems to use these devotions in my life in a good way. I like to start off my Bible

Weekly Roundup

Today: A roundup of the thoughtful, insightful, outrageous and entertaining content I ran across this week. I hope it serves you well. A Theology of FacebookIf you are reading this blog there is a 90% chance you also have a Facebook page. Have you thought much about the implications of this particular technology for your

Why I Am A Christian (7)

Christianity is a timeless message that is revealed in time. The fact that it is revealed in time makes it adaptable, and it’s timelessness makes it liberating. By timeless, I mean that it is a voice from outside any human culture across time and geography but is able to speak in to those cultures an

Pornography, Lust, and Covenant Eyes

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” – Matthew 5:27-28 (TNIV) A scary comment, is it not? Lust is an issue that is all too common to the human

The Obama Faith Interview

Chicago Sun Times religion columnist Cathleen Falsani has recently consented to allow the full transcript of her 2004 interview with now President-elect Barak Obama to be published. Because Obama speaks fairly extensively and quite candidly with Falsani about his religious background, beliefs, and practices, it proves to be a fascinating read. And given that political

Christianity vs. Moral Therapeutic Deism

Are you a Christian or are you a member of the growing new American religion called Moralistic Therapeutic Deism? That’s an important question to ask based on new research by Christian Smith and others at the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina. After conducting 3000 interviews with teenagers, Smith