Category: culture

Fight the good fight!?

The New York Times reports that some pastors are taking Timothy 6:12 to a new level, using martial arts or boxing as part of their evangelism strategy. Mr. Renken’s ministry is one of a...

Why art thou cast down, O my soul?

We are perpetually disappointed, long in complaints but short in gratitude. Mark Monford has his finger on the pulse of our culture. What the hell is wrong with you? Are you really going to...

God and Wall Street

This year’s Trinity Institute has concluded. The keynote speaker was Rowan Williams, who spoke with a stellar line-up including Sir Partha Dasgupta and Professor Kathryn Tanner. All the plenary talks, discussion panels, and the...

How to report the news

This doesn’t need much of an introduction, and I couldn’t add anything that Neil Postman hasn’t already said. Note: due to language this one is “PG-13” or so. Wave of the ActionLiveNewsTeam microphone to...

Blogging an ethical economy

This year’s Trinity Institute is titled “Building an Ethical Economy”. There’s an impressive line-up of speakers, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Kathryn Tanner (theology professor at the University of Chicago), and Sir Partha...

Exceptional ignorance

Sarah Palin has made the news again, this time for joining Fox “News” (the only television Dick Cheney wants to watch). I keep thinking she will eventually recede from public view, since she has...

Why people live in fear

I think one of the leading pastoral issues in the parish I serve — and, I suspect in many others — is fear. If fear dominates your thinking, it’s hard for hope, abundance, generosity,...

Zeitgeist 2009

Every year, Google publishes a fun report. Capturing the mood of our time through Internet searches, it’s called zeitgeist. This year’s report, showing our mood in 2009, has appeared. It’s pretty interesting reading. Here’s...

Displacement

An extraordinary video about the feelings of displacement experienced by a Korean immigrant to the US. The artist, Hye Yeon Nam, was awarded the Runner Up in the Grand Prize category of the Metropolis...