When Universities Worship at the Altar of Sports

Bowl season began Saturday! While most Americans probably didn’t care enough to watch NC Central vs. Grambling State in the AFR Celebration Bowl, this represents a pinnacle of the football program’s earning potential. In reality, the proliferation of bowls is a senseless cash grab. As college sports has grown, universities have become engrossed in semi-professional sports….

What Cheesy Christmas Movies Say About Our Culture

We are in the thick of it. Cheesy Christmas movies about finding love or overcoming odds to bring everyone together for the holidays flood the airwaves on an almost nightly basis. For the next few weeks, every station will show movie after movie that would usually cause us to turn the channel. Christmas is one…

Question the Numbers

Perhaps the greatest professional failure of the past ten years came when pollsters almost unanimously assured America that Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election by a landslide. The profession suffered a terrible blow to its credibility, but that doesn’t mean news outlets won’t inundate us with more numbers and more statistics. It does highlight…

Weekly Wrap-Up 12/1

Cultural Heresy Chip and Joanna Gaines found themselves in hot water because they attend a church that holds to historic Christian teaching. BuzzzFeed ran a hit piece  against the couple trying to force the couple into capitulation. A slightly more credible news outlet, the Washington Post, noted the danger that this type of journalism poses. Here…

Christ at the Center of Christmas

It’s December 1st. Thanksgiving was one week ago. We are officially in the Christmas season. From now until Christmas day people will suspend “normal” and enter Christmas-mode. Diligent dieters who have watched their weight all year will indulge and have to begin again in the New Year. People will wear sweaters that they wouldn’t be…

The Problem With the “Wrong Side of History”

Culture cannot stay static for long. New situations, circumstances, and players continually shape the culture and its overall direction. For better or worse, culture progresses toward an unknown future. The past 10 to 15 years have seen massive culture shifts that changed the shape and contours of society. For every movement in one direction, there…

Atheists, Christians, and Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, Americans will gather around tables with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. For many the holiday is just one more day on the way to Christmas, but the holiday’s origins reach back in our history to the early settlers and their difficult times. During the harvest, they recognized the provision which they had been…

Does The Truth Matter Anymore

I find it ironic that although much of society has scoffed at the notion of objective truth, the issue of fake news has come to the center of cultural conversation after the election. Much of society has embraced postmodernism that says absolute truth does not exist. Rather there can be multiple truths, even if they…

I Pray for the Day When the Confederate Flag Disappears

Maybe the past few years have forced us to acknowledge as a nation that race continues to be an issue that we haven’t comprehensively addressed. Perhaps age has granted me perspective so that I can recognize some of my failings in this area; failings that only the Gospel can transform. Whatever the reason, over the…

Technology’s Unfulfilled Promises, Pt 2

Yesterday I explored how technology continually leaves us wanting as it offers a promise it cannot fulfill, an unqualifiedly better life. The problem with the technology wasn’t the technology per se, but the depravity of the people driving and using the technology. But there remains a more sinister side to technological advance, a side where…

Technology’s Unfulfilled Promises, pt 1

Technological advancement is our friend, except when it isn’t. New technologies have helped us do what previous generations thought impossible. Technology has so revolutionized our lives that we have come to believe that technology is the way forward to a better life. In many cases, technological advance and those pushing the envelope have made two…