Blood Gratitude

From First Thoughts

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for blood. It’s one of the most powerful metaphors in any language, and it is the substance by which we measure our humanity.Blood can mean death, of course. With loss of blood goes our life. Blood is the mark of violence, whether it is brought to bear . . . . Continue Reading »

The Twitterfication of All Things?

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Novelist Cormac McCarthy gives a fascinating interview to the Wall Street Journal in which he discusses, among other things, books, movies, God, cultural permanence, and ideas. At one point, the interview turns to the modern attention span, and how novelists must adapt: WSJ: Does this issue of . . . . Continue Reading »

The Twitterfication of All Things?

From First Thoughts

Novelist Cormac McCarthy gives a fascinating interview to the Wall Street Journal in which he discusses, among other things, books, movies, God, cultural permanence, and ideas. At one point, the interview turns to the modern attention span, and how novelists must adapt:WSJ: Does this issue of length . . . . Continue Reading »

An Evangelical Without the Gospel?

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The circus that is Haggard (Ted, not Merle) launched a new act this week —- he’s starting a new church at his home in Colorado.  Just three years since the former megachurch pastor scandalized himself with a male prostitute, he is now ready to “to do something in [their] house . . . . Continue Reading »

Emerging adults in the church

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Yesterday, at a Heritage Foundation-sponsored event here in Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to hear researcher Christian Smith present findings from his latest batch of research involving his National Study of Youth and Religion project.  Whereas the first round of research focused on . . . . Continue Reading »

What Google Says Evangelicals Are

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Most internet users, surprisingly enough, don’t look to esoteric bloggers for answers. They turn to the Almighty Search Engine, which more often than not is Google (hey, we all can’t hang on to AltaVista, Lycos, Excite, and Webcrawler). Therefore, I thought our discussion of what is an . . . . Continue Reading »