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When Weakness Is What Saves You

The vaccine rollout has been far from perfect, but its ideals are, well, Christian.

Another Week Ends: Technological Addiction, Omnipresent Politics, Advice Columns, Toxic Fandom, and Love Beyond Death

1. A year ago, before a global pandemic altered our lives, discussions about the promise and perils of technology had a theoretical tone to them. Having a social media account was an entertaining frivolity. You could carry a “dumb phone” around and get some street cred for opting out of the system. You might avoid […]

The Delightful Distraction of Bernie Memes

It was the Meme Seen ‘Round the World, the Perfect Distraction We all Needed

Parallel Universes, Politics, and Love

What Can Christians Living in “Parallel Universes of Belief” Do to Find Common Ground?

Legislating Morality: The Political Enthusiasm of Christians

On How the Law Fails and the Gospel Succeeds

Tim Kreider on the Pleasures and Perils of “Outrage Porn”

Pain is a Physical Delight; Empathy is an Impotent Pain

Running with Scissors: On Polarization and God’s Love for Sinners

On Science Fiction, Politics, and Compassion

What (Not) to Do When There Is a War on Everything

Of all the noble feelings which fill the human heart in the exciting tumult of battle, none, we must admit, are so powerful and constant as the soul’s thirst for honor and renown. – Carl von Clausewitz In addition to the trade war and the culture wars and the war on drugs, you may have […]

Hiding Under the Stage of Political Certainty

It’s not even September, which means we’ve only just begun to moan at the radio, “Good grief, another piece on approval ratings?!” With three months to go, we’re going to need all the help we can get, which is why I came back to Kathryn Schulz and her book Being Wrong. This excerpt discusses the allure of ‘public displays’ […]

President Jesus and Holy Week, Part II

Back in 2008, the New Monastic figurehead Shane Claiborne wrote a generally well received book titled “Jesus for President,” riffing off Woody Guthrie’s folk tune “Christ for President.” In the book, Claiborne argued that American Christianity was too invested in the American political system and, as a result, ignoring a significant amount of Jesus’s moral […]

An Email Blast, A Cancelled Rally, and Straight-Line Power

Among the odder stories of the 2016 election cycle so far has been Louis CK’s recent email blast urging fans not to vote for Donald Trump. Did you know Louis CK has a new show, by the way? He’s self released it–it’s called Horace and Pete, and you can only get it through his website. Someone around […]

Another Week Ends: Elephant Mothers, New Journalism, More Lumbersexuals, Passwords, Tauntauns and Nettles

It’s Christmas time, and it feels like everyone on the Internet is talking about…the Internet. As the debate continues about what journalism is becoming—in light of the fall of the New Republic and the retracted reporting of a certain Rolling Stone article—much of what gets talked about is money, and the kind of click-bait that […]