The Problem of Public Profanity

Rod Dreher writes about a disappointing, blue-tongued concert from Adele: I am not a prude about language, as my male friends will attest. But there is a time and a place for that kind of talk, and onstage at The Royal Albert Hall is not it, at least not if you are a gorgeous singer […]

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Thoughts on Being a Dad

The other day a friend asked what I thought of being a new Dad. My answer was immediate: “It’s the best thing ever.” That wasn’t a lapse into kidspeak, either. I meant it literally. In my 28 years of life, I’ve never felt my heart glow warmer and brighter than it has for the last three […]

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5 Things I Learned As a Pastor’s Kid

Pastors are people too! They’re not impersonal authority forces or theological amoebas. Pastors aren’t super-Christians; they need encouragement, rest, and recreation like everyone else.** A childhood filled with church attendance isn’t an immunization against sin and unbelief. But neither does requiring such attendance automatically turn kids into resentful prodigals. I’ve encountered an awful lot of […]

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14 Worthless Predictions for the NFL Season

Dak Prescott (QB, Cowboys) will win the starting job in Dallas and be named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Dallas will win the NFC East. Jeff Fisher will be the first coach to be fired this season, after the Rams start 2-6 The Houston Texas will win the AFC South. Jimmy Garoppolo (QB, Patriots) will […]

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Pandering to Millennials

My friend and Mere Orthodoxy editor Jake Meador linked to this blog post on Twitter, and the following couple of paragraphs are too good to not share: The other day I read another of those articles that irritate me. The ones about how the church is failing millenials (sic) by being terribly outdated, and how […]

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The Slough of Internet Despond

The latest nominee for Tweet of the Year comes from professor James K.A. Smith: The world is only coming to an end on the Internet. When you actually, you know, talk to people, good things endure. — James K.A. Smith (@james_ka_smith) August 13, 2016 I am endlessly perplexed by people who say–and there are many […]

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Independence Week

Tonight my family gathered to celebrate my older sister’s birthday. All of the James kids and parents still live in Louisville, a fact that I didn’t think sounded all that remarkable until a friend told me that it really was. Both of my brother-in-laws are Ph.D. students who have the world open to them after […]

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