Don’t Pity the Fool

Don’t Pity the Fool

Despite having become something of a douche in the past 15 years or so, any honest and knowledgable music fan must admit that one of the best, most talented, and most musically diverse singer/songwriters of the 1980’s was (wait for it, wait for it) . . . Sting, whose Dream of the Blue Turtles  (1985) and Nothing Like the Sun  (1987) were nothing short of brilliant. My favorite song on the latter is “History Will Teach Us...

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Christian Culture War: An Oxymoron

I just picked up a book at the local library called Blowing Smoke (please note the hilarious subtitle), in which the author, Michael Wolraich, seeks to demonstrate the absurdity of what he calls “the politics of persecution” according to which many ideologues attempt to characterize their base as a conspired-against minority on the brink of extinction. The first chapter is dedicated to the so-called “War on Christmas” and Fox News...

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Look! There in the Wilderness: It’s a Pilgrim, It’s an Exile, It’s… Patiently Enduring Man!

When I initially saw the trailer for the film Iron Man, I think I actually laughed out loud (and not the good kind of laughter, mind you). But to my surprise, it has received a 93% on the Tomato Meter, which culls together of all the reviews a film receives nationwide. Plus, I was told today that Robert Downey Jr.’s character doesn’t actually have superpowers, he’s just rich and can afford to invent the cool gadgets that make...

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Whose Kingdom? Whose Glory?

John McWhorter, in his book Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music, and Why We Should, Like, Care, argues that the day of oratory and rhetorical skill is all but over. Jesus’ disciples would probably have agreed after hearing his less-than-rousing speech following his “triumphant” entry into Jerusalem (on a donkey). After years of insisting that “My hour has not yet come,” our Lord finally declared,...

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Here a Sacerdotalist, There a Sacerdotalist… Everywhere a Sacerdotalist

We have seen that evangelical and Reformed believers offer very different answers to the question “How does one ‘get religion’?” The next question we will ask to determine the nature of the relationship between these two branches of Protestantism is, “What does the Christian faith look like once it is acquired?” Again, not surprisingly, the answers differ. While the evangelical may dismiss “sacramental...

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