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Category Archives: Culture / Entertainment

Life Is Still Beautiful

One of my favorite films turns 20 this year. Here’s why I still love it.

Also posted in Art | | 1 Comment

“13 Reasons Why” Is Deceptive and Destructive

Netflix’s new teen drama on suicide is wildly popular. I cannot overstate how destructive it is.

Also posted in Christian Living, Clear Winter Nights, Counseling, Missions / Evangelism, Personal, Theology, This Is Our Time | | 29 Comments

Why Our Son Doesn’t Have a Smartphone

Maybe we parents, who are too often glued to our phones, should contemplate what we’re saying “yes” to.

Also posted in Christian Living, Life & Culture, Technology | | 18 Comments

The Crown, The Pastorate, and Hidden Vulnerability

On the inevitability and importance of hidden vulnerability in pastoral ministry.

Also posted in Church Issues, Discipleship, Future of the Church, Life & Culture | | 1 Comment

Are Chip and Joanna Gaines ‘Cultural Heretics’?

The Gaines family comes under fire for belonging to a church that opposes same-sex marriage.

Also posted in Christian Living, Christianity, Homosexuality, Life & Culture | | 27 Comments

Pokémon Go in a Fractured and Flattened world

What the popularity of Pokémon Go tells us about American life and American longings in the 21st century.

Also posted in Christianity, Life & Culture | | 17 Comments

The One Thing About “Downton Abbey” That Really Let Me Down

The difference in learning “about” another era vs. learning “from.”

Also posted in Art, Life & Culture | | 13 Comments

“Transparent” and the Art of Propaganda Squads

This show’s creators have a revolutionary perspective on what it means to be human, and they are pushing it unapologetically.

Also posted in Life & Culture | | 9 Comments

Colton Dixon and the “Craziness” of Saving Sex for Marriage

How online commenters responded to the idea of saving sex for marriage.

Also posted in Christianity, Life & Culture, Music | | 3 Comments

From Stephen Colbert to Taylor Swift: 4 Reasons I Write Cultural Commentary

Whenever I write about the worldview of a cultural icon or a cultural artifact, I brace myself for the comment streams and Facebook conversations.

Also posted in Art, Christianity, Life & Culture, Music, Politics | | 9 Comments