Best of 2005

A few of my bests for 2005: Best Novel: Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. It’s one of a kind and should not be missed. I’ve been promising my review for quite some time, and I assure you, it will be posted here not too far into the new year. Best Nonfiction: Nancy Pearcy’s Total Truth: Liberating Christianity … Read more

God Incarnate

As the disciple whom Jesus loved put it so eloquently: The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to … Read more

Christmas Shopping as Cultural Experiment

I’m the type of person who likes to make the best of a bad situation, and Christmas shopping presents limitless opportunities for me to do so. How do I turn shopping with the masses into something enjoyable? By donning my cultural anthropologist hat and making other shoppers the subjects of observation. Here’s what I noticed … Read more

I See Dead People

Pardon the Seinfeldian expression, but what’s the deal with all the corpses on television these days? It’s almost as if sex stopped selling, so now cadavers are all the rage. Just flash a semi-decomposed body on the screen and the viewers will flock. Shows like Bones, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, CSI:Mayberry, Law & … Read more

Mere Evangelicalism?

There’s a helpful discussion over at Mere Comments on the nature of evangelicalism. First, a post from S. M. Hutchens, and a response/follow-up from Russell Moore. Hutchens rightly identifies some of the problems within evangelicalism as a movement. Moore follows up, pointing out how viewing even viewing evangelicalism as a corporate movement is problematic. A … Read more

A Day That Shall Live in Infamy

Lest we forget, today is Pearl Harbor Day, when in 1941 the United States was attacked by Japan in a devastating blow that brought America swiftly into the Second World War. I once asked my late grandfather about Pearl Harbor. He had served in the U. S. Navy there a year before the attack and … Read more

Around the ‘Sphere

~ Volume XVII ~ Are you swimming in a sea of objectivity? That might not be such a good thing when it comes to scholarship. Charles Halton, who is quite the scholar in his own right, contends that bias isn’t necessarily a bad thing: I want to be a biased scholar. Furthermore, I want to … Read more

Helter Skelter

In the absence of football news to report this weekend, let’s turn our attention to the wonderful world of celebrity gossip. It seems that “shock rocker” Marylin Manson (whose real name is Brian Warner) has married his longtime girlfriend Dita Von Teese (whose real name is Heather Sweet). Here’s a photo of the happy newlyweds: … Read more