What Memes Mean: Facebook Stocking Stuffers and Liking Things

Perhaps the infiltration of the Like button into all facets of modern life simply puts some digital skin on a pre-existing human condition: You are what you love.

When Games Matter: Game Night as Means to Sanctification

“Too often I refuse to apply the Bible to the “little things” in life–like card games.”

Watching Politics From the Pew: The Cost of Healthcare and Wisdom

“Our national crisis is an amazing display of the simple fact that sinful humans are not good stewards of the bodies God has given them . . .”

The Kiddy Pool: Reading Matters

“Children borrow and own the words in the same way they own and borrow the books.”

Citizenship Confusion: Defending the Empty Form of Public Faith

“Is our country any more Christian because of our President’s Thanksgiving address or holiday decorations or because of the language retailers use?”

Grace Notes: Gavin Bryars, A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Variations of “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet”.

Sacred Space: Tame Your Tongue!

“If a tamed tongue makes a perfect person, then perhaps we should all take a vow of silence.”

Mixed Signals: Christmas Rage Available at Kohl’s (Rebecca) Black Friday

When I hear people lashing out over a 30-second TV spot, I am reminded of the great need we have for Christmas.

The Moviegoer: “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (Durkin, 2011)

Sean Durkin’s film offers a haunting glimpse into the nature of cults and the damage they do.

Eat Your Vegetables: “The Ambassadors”

Holbein’s painting warns us against seeking complete knowledge as well as succumbing to fatal pessimism.

The Burden of Thankfulness

How can we be thankful when that which we’re thankful for may have been the cause of someone else’s suffering?

Music at Mars Hill: John Mark McMillan’s Proclamation of Hope

“McMillan has been one of the consistent voices . . . that refuses to dilute the message or the music for the sake of being widely accessible.”

What Memes Mean: WW2 Tweets from 1939

“What we often today call ‘inanity’ is what future generations will call ‘history.’ “

Watching Politics From the Pew: The Failed Supercommittee and the Possibility of Peace

“At its heart, conflict is rarely about numbers, or challenges, or even ideology. Conflict is about individual egos and the constant pursuit of power.”

When Games Matter: Why I Passed on Modern Warfare 3

“I understand the appeal of MW3, but at the end of the day it really is just another shooter that emphasizes putting other people in their place.”

The Kiddy Pool: “Thank You, God” — TV Put into Perspective

“All three of us piled into the car and headed to our local big box store to find a reasonably priced TV that wouldn’t dominate our entire living room.”