Christian Culture, Cultural Observations

We Need to Rethink How We Talk about LGBTQ

We journalists like studies. They help us put stories and topics in context. So a study released in 2018 exploring the association between importance of religion and suicide ideation is obviously going to interest me. If you’ve followed my writing for any length of time, or you’re a friend of mine, you know that religion… Continue reading We Need to Rethink How We Talk about LGBTQ

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Cultural Observations

The World Is Crying Out for Authenticity. Let’s Give It to Them.

I watched the first 40 minutes or so of the GOP debate last night and wasn't surprised by anything. By the time you get to the fifth of these things, there's not much new to be had. But as I pondered the debate this morning, I was struck by the fact that I wasn't surprised.… Continue reading The World Is Crying Out for Authenticity. Let’s Give It to Them.

Christian Culture

We Must Learn to Be Content in Any and Every Situation, Even If Culture Goes Awry

No, you can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want But if you try sometime you find You get what you need - The Rolling Stones The Stones had their finger on something. I wish the Church would grasp it sometimes. Whether it's… Continue reading We Must Learn to Be Content in Any and Every Situation, Even If Culture Goes Awry

Christian Culture

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. But The Church Hasn’t Been a Place Where That Happens.

A Reddit feed on Christianity had a post back in December 2012 that read like this: Hi there, I recently Felt i have lost touch with my christian faith. I prayed today that God would hear my cry and forgive me of my wrong and help me to live as christ would in this destructive world,… Continue reading Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. But The Church Hasn’t Been a Place Where That Happens.

Christian Culture

TABOO: Don’t Talk About It! At Least Not For Too Long

Unfortunately, Christianity is often known for the things we are against rather than the things we are for. Whether it be alcohol or gay marriage or profanity or secular music, we picket and protest and write Facebook statuses and start Twitter wars and YouTube comment battles over every little thing that just might offend us.… Continue reading TABOO: Don’t Talk About It! At Least Not For Too Long

Christian Culture

The Church Culture of Shame

I was way too young to understand anything that went on in the Monica Lewinsky scandal that grabbed America's attention in 1998. I can't even remember when I first heard about it, to be honest with you. I would have been 5 years old back then, so even if I had known, I would have… Continue reading The Church Culture of Shame