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  • Blog Post: These Olympic Games

    It’s my favorite every-two-years tradition: these Olympic games! Have you been watching? I love everything about this crazy celebration of all things winter and sports: the inspirational stories of athletes overcoming the odds, the look of pure joy when the underdog comes from behind to win gold...
  • Blog Post: Young Evangelicals Should Support Hobby Lobby

    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Hobby Lobby's challenge to a portion of Obamacare: a mandate requiring employers to fund health-care plans that cover potential abortion-inducing drugs. The owners of the arts-and-crafts chain — the Green family, Christians who have committed...
  • Blog Post: Changed by Thankfulness

    Friday I began seeing 30 Days of Thankfulness posts pop up all over my Facebook newsfeed. This is now a thing. Social networks started a holiday tradition that's becoming a widely accepted part of celebrating Thanksgiving. I love the idea of stretching out the thankfulness over the whole month of...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not His Fault

    News flash! President Obama did not cause the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I repeat: It is not the president’s fault! In light of Matt’s blog about the spill, particularly the lesson on unintended consequences, I think it’s important to point out that our past words -- and attitudes -- can often...
  • Blog Post: Women, Modesty and Earthquakes ... Oh My

    A few days ago, I saw this wire report in my local newspaper titled, "Tehran: Promiscuous Women Cause Quakes, Cleric Says." Here's the gist: A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes... "Many women who do...
  • Blog Post: What's the Point of Freedom and Democracy?

    "I am a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reasons. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believe in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved...
  • Blog Post: Time for Resolutions?

    New Year’s resolutions: Love them or hate them? For me, it’s a mixed bag. The Type A personality in me loves the idea of setting goals and finding the discipline to stick them out, no matter how hard. The pragmatist in me thinks they’re dumb, especially when my own experience and a quick look at ...
  • Blog Post: A Slave To Chocolate

    Want some slavery with that Hershey's bar? I'm not talking about your own "addiction" to this fatty sugarly delicious substance. I'm talking about the modern day slavery, often of trafficked and abused boys, used in the harvesting and production of those semi-sweet morsels your...
  • Blog Post: How Coarsening Culture Impacts Christians

    In high school and junior high locker rooms in the 1970s, I was often disgusted to hear the way some guys talked about girls. Raised to be chivalrous, I was appalled to discover this sort of piggishness even existed, much less that there was so much of it. But looking back, I can say this: At least it...
  • Blog Post: Voting and the Dilemma of the Lesser of Two Evils

    We were finally old enough to vote, and our first time to the polls was for a critical presidential election. It was an uncertain and deeply tumultuous time for America. We had a president in his first term who inherited an economy that was deeply in the toilet and facing very serious conflicts in the...
  • Blog Post: The Lure of Celebrity Sin

    If you have Explorer, you probably signed on a few hours ago and were greeted by this headline on MSN.com: "The Seven Deadly Sins of Life." And for a split second maybe you wondered: Is this a religious message? Are they talking about my life? But then it went on: Lust, pride, greed...
  • Blog Post: 'But Who Does It Hurt?'

    That's the question some people direct at those of us who oppose laws recognizing same-sex marriage or its virtual equivalent, civil unions. For part of the answer, check out two news items, both from my home state of Illinois. Last week it became official : Catholic Charities in Illinois will...
  • Blog Post: Higher Tax Rates on Higher Incomes: A Christian Idea?

    The Scriptures abound with warnings against becoming too attached to wealth and with calls to give generously to the poor. The first thing we should notice about these words is that they aren't meant just for "the rich." They're meant for you and me, and they're aimed at our hearts...
  • Blog Post: Bumping Up the Abortion Debate

    Imagine being single and staring at a little pink plus sign on a pregnancy test in your bathroom on a Saturday afternoon. You're just ... numb. And you wonder what you're going to do this time . You've already had three abortions and your excuse to your OBGYN is that you "get pregnant...
  • Blog Post: To Be Practical

    After my last post, on the media’s celebration of homosexuality, I got a lot of replies, but one which I thought called for a separate post. It went like this: I have a simple question: Practically speaking, how can/should we fight back on this issue as Christians? I am asking because mainstream...
  • Blog Post: So You Think You Can Dance (Down the Aisle)?

    At over 12 million YouTube views and counting, the JK Wedding Entrance Dance is the most popular trip down the aisle since Lady Di's . What's your take on it? Fun and celebratory, or tacky and irreverent? Personally, I'm torn. Let's be honest, with my love of hip-hop, it's no surprise...
  • Blog Post: Pray for Colorado

    It’s been a crazy couple days in Colorado Springs. I was moving this past weekend and Saturday morning was up early packing the moving truck. I hate moving and was glad the lion’s share was finished when we paused for a late lunch. That was when I first saw it: a huge plume of smoke rising over Waldo...
  • Blog Post: Boundless Summer Challenge: Task 17 - #1

    July 30-August 1: Spiritual Disciplines Week This coming week we will be covering spiritual disciplines. One of the most well-noted among these is fasting. Take some time to read or listen to John Piper's sermon on fasting, " When the Bridegroom is Taken Away, They Will Fast ,"...
  • Blog Post: Divorce Rates and the Bible Belt: More to the Story

    Been quite busy responding to media calls on stories like this one about the divorce rate being very high in places where, for various reasons, we think it shouldn't be. That place is the Bible Belt of the United States. You know, where all the Christians live. Well,there are few things to know about...
  • Blog Post: Death by Denial

    Since my previous article opened a political can of worms…why not continue? I see on my last post someone referenced the movie Sicko by Michael Moore. Recently I was required to watch this for one of my classes. It left me speechless (figuratively of course, I actually couldn’t quit asking questions...
  • Blog Post: For the Sake of the Gospel

    This morning a co-worker popped into my cubical with a question, “Have you ever heard of this book called Kisses from Katie ?  Apparently it’s written by a 21-year-old girl who is a mom to 14 kids in Uganda.”  I’ll confess; I’m often skeptical of these stories. I often think, How many...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on the 9-9-9 Plan

    I'm impressed with Herman Cain. I honestly thought he would have faded into obscurity at this point, but on the contrary he's edging out frontrunners Romney and Perry in the polls due in part to his simplified 9-9-9 tax code revision - a tax reform plan is so simple it's nearly equivalent...
  • Blog Post: Hey! That's Personal!

    A few years ago I didn’t have Facebook, and no one cared. It was a passing curiosity when someone asked me if I had a profile and an equally passive response when I said no. "Oh, that's cool." But passivity became passé when — 500 million signups later — suddenly saying no to that question...
  • Blog Post: To Boycott or Not to Boycott?

    "Starbucks: Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage ‘Is Core to Who We Are and What We Value’ " ran the headline to a story I read a few days ago. Not content with having internal domestic-partner policies, the chain is lobbying to redefine marriage in the eyes of the law and the culture. So long, Starbucks...
  • Blog Post: Health Care: The Good, Bad and Ugly

    After getting married last summer, I’ve been slowly undergoing the process of officially changing my last name. Several weeks ago, I finally switched that information at my pharmacy and then switched to a different pharmacy, closer to my new home. This coincided nicely, so I thought, with a prescription...