Social Media Resolutions for 2017

I will be less cynical. Sarcasm and withering criticism are to social media what static is to AM radio. There's no need for one more person's trying too hard to be funny. I won't start or join a "pile-on." If I wouldn't publicly shame a person in real life, I shouldn't do it online. I will tweet …

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Latest Mere Orthodoxy blog: “Disappointed by Christmas”

A friendly reminder for those visiting this page that my main blogging has moved to Mere Orthodoxy. My latest, just posted, is a reflection for those of us who struggle in the days after Christmas. Here's an excerpt: The realization that it's possible to get exactly what you want and yet feel that hope has …

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Christmas and the Wrong Side of History

When you think about it, nearly everyone and everything connected to the first Christmas was on the wrong side of history. Zechariah and Elizabeth were on the wrong side of history for sure. They were an elderly Jewish couple, living in an occupied land. They had no platform, no political clout. Even worse–they had no …

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It’s the Great Pariah, Charlie Brown!

Scene 1: An online "journalism" site pretends to be utterly shocked to find that two evangelical Christians, hosts of a feverishly popular home renovation show, actually attend an evangelical church, pastored by an evangelical theologian. The site earnestly contends (with no witnesses) that the orthodox sexual ethics of the church's pastor are "controversial," and insists that …

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