Attacking Evangelicalism

I have many, many points of contention with this article by Alan Wolfe in the January 2004 edition of the British magazine Prospect. In the article, entitled “Dieting for Jesus,” Wolfe paints American evangelicalism with a broad stroke that is cheifly pejorative in tone. The general thesis of the article is summed up in the … Read more

An Actor Takes a Stand

Actor Robert Duvall is criticizing director Steven Spielberg for palling around with Fidel Castro in a 2002 trip to Cuba. Surprisingly, Speilberg met and had dinner with Castro for several hours: “Spielberg went down there recently and said, ‘The best seven hours I ever spent was actually with Fidel Castro.’ Now, what I want to … Read more

Cable Addiction

I knew it would eventually come to this: Cable TV made a West Bend man addicted to TV, caused his wife to be overweight and his kids to be lazy, he says. And he’s threatening to sue the cable company. Timothy Dumouchel of West Bend wants $5,000 or three computers, and a lifetime supply of … Read more

All the Other Kids are Doing It…

Speaking of Britney Spears’ one-day wedding, Sacramento Bee columnist Anita Creamer writes: And so, as 2004 begins, the joke marriage takes its place in the pantheon of America’s heterosexual wedding culture, alongside reality TV marriages, starter marriages, second (and third and fourth) marriages, green-card marriages, arranged marriages, plural marriages and that faithful if virtually forgotten … Read more

Chianti, Fava Beans, and Frustrated Desire

If you haven’t yet heard of the bizarre case of Armin Meiwes, the German cannibal who killed and ate the apparently willing Bernd Brandes, this is not something from an Anthony Hopkins movie or Thomas Harris book. Meiwes, who sought out potential victims on the internet, is on trial in Germany and is actually trying … Read more

Republicans for Dean?

National Review, Rush Limbaugh, and a host of others have said it: if Howard Dean gets the Democratic presidential nomination, Bush will be unbeatable because Dean is so outrageously far away from the American center. I even heard today a caller to Rush Limbaugh saying that though she was a Republican, she had placed a … Read more

Howard Dean: Theologian

After speaking in a church, and finally openly talking about religion, it appears that Howard Dean is now a theologian: Touring with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Dr. Dean also visited Galilee, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. “If you know much about the Bible — which I do — to see … Read more

Peach Fuzz

Vols 14, Tigers 24 It’s a bitter time to write, but I had best get it over with. The Vols did a great job tonight of embarassing themselves and their constituency against an OK Clemson team in the Peach Bowl. What started with a “show of discipline” in Phillip Fulmer’s benching of James Banks for … Read more

The Reading of the Word

If you’ve never read the entire Bible, the beginning of a new year is a great time to start. Beginning today, I’m reading through the Bible in a year following Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s plan. M’Cheyne was a Scottish pastor who had a passion for getting his people into the word of God. I’ve done this … Read more