Nostalgia has a powerful effect on the twenty-first century. Having loosened the moors of Western traditions which long held our culture from drifting, we now find ourselves looking back not to our forefathers but to our fore-child: we ask our childhood to answer the adult questions of our present. Nostalgia cannot answer the hardest questions; … Continue reading Nostalgia and Why We Can’t Even
In a recent article published by the Religion News Service, Tara Isabella Burton introduces the Harry Potter series, writing: It’s a book nearly everybody knows, many of us nearly from birth. We reference it in our daily lives. We use its complicated moral systems to define our social and political stances and to understand ourselves … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Old, Old Story
One October at Oklahoma State University, proud I made it to class early, I walked up to the professor smiling and some students and asked what they were discussing. Food porn. Immediately, I knew I had walked into the wrong conversation. I awkwardly excused myself. At the end of October the situation happened again. I … Continue reading Are You Consuming Food Porn?
What is the purpose of masculinity? With so much talk concerning toxic masculinity, often we forget the positive sides of masculinity. News-media, TV shows, and all sorts of movies are now asking if masculinity is even necessary. Yet, within these same media sources, stories depicting fatherhood have tended to flourish (most recently seen in Aquaman's … Continue reading Letters From Dad, pt. 1
Yesterday, the presidential search committee of the trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary announced their candidate for the ninth president of the institution—Dr. Adam Greenway. The trustees have called a special meeting, scheduled next week (26–27 February), for the purpose on voting for his candidacy. At present, Dr. Greenway serves as the dean of the … Continue reading Four Things Every Southern Baptist Owes Adam Greenway
December is coming! And with it many reminders of the holiday season. For many Christian homes, December presents an opportunity to close the sacred/secular divide. Many have had a full year of Bible study and devotions at church groups, but have yet to cross the barrier into family devotion time. In this post, I’d like … Continue reading How to Start a Family Devotion in December
Happy Thanksgiving from our little corner of the internet. We're grateful for you. May each of us set aside some time in the midst of the chaos and the turkey to remember all that God has done and be thankful. We'll be back next week.
When it comes to Christmas songs, I’m a post-turkey kinda guy. As soon as Black-Friday hits, its beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our house. However, I ran into a unique problem this year. When we started Pandora radio, we found a “Thanksgiving” channel. Intrigued by the notion of Thanksgiving songs, we started … Continue reading Three Ways to Redeem Thanksgiving
There are two things you should never talk about at Thanksgiving: religion and politics. Since Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, let’s go ahead and do both. Though some will argue for splitting the two up, it is important that both religion and politics continue to keep a civil discourse together. For Christians, participation … Continue reading Why I Vote