An Attack in Little Rock

From First Thoughts

At any time, the act of joining the U.S. military is a statement, both real and implied, of one’s willingness to die for one’s country. However, in times of apparent peace, there can be no doubt that many who enlist do so for far more practical reasons and benefits and fervently hope . . . . Continue Reading »

Do you have a permit for that Bible?

From First Thoughts

The story is generating quite a bit of heat, and—who knows?—maybe some rays of light along with it. It’s the story of a pastor by the name of David Jones in San Diego, recently told by local authorities that he can’t host a small Bible study group in his home without getting . . . . Continue Reading »

The Pope and the Pop Star

From Web Exclusives

On Saturday, September 27, 1997, during the Twenty-third Eucharistic Congress and as part of pope John Paul II’s pastoral visit to Bologna, there took place an outdoor event attended by some 300,000 people, featuring musical performances by Bob Dylan, in addition to certain Italian . . . . Continue Reading »

Dylan’s Visions of Sin

From the October 2004 Print Edition

In October 1985, Bob Dylan was interviewed on television, and among the questions posed was this: “There have been times when born-again Christianity, orthodox Judaism, both of those were important to you? Or is it a broader thing for you?” (Broader, you see; not narrow Judaism or cramped . . . . Continue Reading »