​Clarity in 140 Characters

Issues tend to become intertwined with others which can make the task of defining the central issue feel like trying to find a ring dropped in a muddy lake. We know it’s there, but we keep groping, hoping to find that one precious piece of value that explains everything else. However, from time to time,…

Could Trump Spell the End of Late Night Comedy

There is no doubt that the entertainment industry leans left. This tendency is on display in acceptance speeches and the social agenda of many television shows and movies. But this leftward lean is no more evident than on late night comedy shows. No other avenue of mass media produces the same level of sharp criticism with such…

Weekly Wrap-Up 2.17.17

Newspapers and Trump Newspapers are seeing an uptick in subscriptions following the election of Donald Trump. The question that must be answered is whether, and to what extent, the print media will seek to be impartial in covering the administration in order to boost the bottom line. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-newspapers-trump-campaigns-analysis-idUSKBN15V0GI?utm_source=applenews&x_cw_context_provider=safari Viewing Actions Through Intentions An interesting op-ed…

Weekly Wrap-Up 2.10.17

The travel ban falls. . . for now The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Trump administration’s halt on immigration from seven majority Muslim countries saying that the administration had not proven the threat to national security. While there are points to be made on both sides of this issue which will likely be…

The Image of God and the Death Penalty

The verdict was not surprising. From the beginning, there wasn’t any question about whether or not he was guilty. Dylann Roof, the gunman who entered the Emanuel AME Church and shot African American church members during a Wednesday evening prayer meeting, had confessed to the crime and, chillingly, showed no remorse. As the jury returned…

When Society Awakens to the Reality of Truth

Post-truth. Alternative facts. Fake news. These concepts have dominated much of our cultural conversation over the past few months. This problem is not one that affects only one political party. Fake news sites exist across the political spectrum and politicians on both sides of the aisle often play fast and loose with the facts. Let’s…

Weekly Wrap-Up 1/6/17

The House of Representatives and Planned Parenthood Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has said that the House will move to strip all funding from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Not only is this a hot-button issue, but it also represents one of the greatest pushes against the abortion giant from a legal…

The Need of Evangelical Cultivation of the Mind

In C.S. Lewis’s classic The Screwtape Letters, he writes as Screwtape, a mentor demon, to Wormwood, an apprentice, providing counsel on how to keep his “patient” out of the grips of the Enemy. Throughout the work Lewis provides a fascinating insight into the nature of temptation. Interestingly, one of the most valuable insights in the…

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…