The End of “Choice”

The End of “Choice”

I looked over at my wife, who was reclined on the nurse’s table but still close enough to hold my hand. Her eyes were filled with tears, the tears of the sweetest kind of joy and relief and thankfulness. The nurse had a club-looking instrument on my wife’s belly, and right in front of me, on [...]

Why We Can’t Explain Scrooge

Why We Can’t Explain Scrooge

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol begins like this: "Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that." The opening emphasis on Ebenezer Scrooge's late business partner and friend Jacob Marley is crucial to understanding Dickens' tale. A Christmas Carol isn't about how one solitary, anti-social miser was frightened into a sanguine [...]

“The Force Awakens” and Getting Trapped By Nostalgia

“The Force Awakens” and Getting Trapped By Nostalgia

In conversations with friends about the new Star Wars movie, I've noticed two trends. The first is that most of the people I've talked to report enjoying the movie quite a bit (and that makes sense, seeing as how the film is scoring very well on the critic aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes). The second trend [...]

Review: “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”

Review: “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is a breath of fresh air, not just for the Star Wars faithful but for millions of moviegoers who left the last batch of Star Wars films disenchanted and wondering if the series had lost itself. The familiar characters and locales feel a bit like a homecoming, but [...]

Why Should You Trust the Bible? 5 Questions With Pastor Greg Gilbert

Why Should You Trust the Bible? 5 Questions With Pastor Greg Gilbert

  Greg Gilbert, pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky (full disclosure: Third Avenue is where I am a member), wants you to "get" Christianity. That's why, for example, he has a Masters in theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor's degree from a little New England school called Yale. It's [...]