One of the joys of being an Anglican is finding the brilliant thinkers and writers currently engaging our culture and spiritual life. If you haven’t heard of Tish Harrison Warren, you just did… and you need to hear more from her. You can subscribe to her weekly newsletter in the New York Times for free.
“People in the exhausted camp are tired of having politics thrust in their face every hour. As Ryan Streeter of the American Enterprise Institute has found, young people who are “lonely at least once in a while” are more than seven times more likely to be active in politics than those who are socially active.Continue reading “Politics and exhaustion”
You might remember “Veggie Tales.” Phil Vischer (creator of Veggie Tales) has a podcast he’s been doing for several years with Skye Jethani and Christian Taylor. It’s now called the Holy Post Podcast and I look forward to it every week. Phil is the funny man and for the first half of the show heContinue reading “The future of the American Church”
These are the opening two paragraphs in David Brooks’ recent column in the New York Times. The column is hard hitting and thoughtful and will be incredibly controversial (if anyone will pay attention). But those opening two paragraphs are stunning:
From time to time I like to look back and see what I’ve been reading and what has been challenging my thinking and my prayer life.
These days it is so extremely difficult to set the phone aside and not check email or Facebook. But when I give myself to that practice, I find a re-set in my life.
You know why it’s easy to get hits on a blog post? Headlines and hashtags. Content rarely matters. But I strive for both because I like “hits,” and the illusion of people actually reading this stuff. So, this post really IS about the “next culture war.” David Brooks has written a very challenging column forContinue reading “The next culture war”
Nicholas Kristof is a columnist for The New York Times. I have admired his work when he goes to Africa and writes of the horror he witnesses constantly in that area of the world. He focused on the Sudan years ago and brought a lot of awareness to the genocide in that country. In this columnContinue reading “Some respect. Who knew?”
Usually when it comes to war and use of force, especially use of troops, media sources like The New York Times are fairly pacifist. (Depending on the president in office at the time and their political party, of course.) Generally speaking, many media outlets back off the calling for use of force. But this editorial in TheContinue reading “The devaluing of human life”
I clearly hesitate to wade into arguments and battles that just can’t have any resolution in a public forum. They are also discussions I thoroughly like having in small groups or with individuals. But when an argument is so poor that it causes me to almost throw my computer across a room, I need toContinue reading “When you can’t even read the Constitution”