About 25 years ago, I read the book “Miracles and the Critical Mind” by Colin Brown, which, although I didn’t know it at the time, was to serve as part of my introduction to the subject that has occupied much of my adult life, Christian worldview. (I really wish someone would come up with a better expression for what it is we do here at BreakPoint and the Colson Center.)
Brown’s survey of the way philosophers (the “critical mind” of the title) have dealt with—i.e., attempted to discredit the very idea of—miracles is important. But it is, Brown’s excellent prose notwithstanding, not for everyone.
The Christian who feels compelled to assure everybody that he or she is TOTALLY FINE with same-sex marriage, and on board with LGBT issues in general, is becoming a more and more common trope. In the past few weeks alone, I've run across it in two different books by Christians: "My Bright Abyss," a book by poet Christian Wiman about dealing with terminal illness, and "A Pelican of the Wilderness," by UCC pastor Robert W. Griggs, a book about dealing with depression. Most recently, I saw it in an interview with actor and church worship leader Charlie Pollock.
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In certain conservative circles, I've noticed, anti-college sentiment has been steadily growing. Matt Walsh encapsulates much of that sentiment here (H/T Alan Noble).
The biggest problem with this sentiment is its all-or-nothing nature. One can acknowledge the flaws in modern higher education and the troubling trend of crippling student loan debt without calling on everyone to "boycott college." Not everyone should go, certainly, but many students benefit in countless ways from the college experience. And they benefit others too, just by being there. After all, we know how bad things can get when a significant number of Christians withdraws altogether from a particular area. (Look what it did to the entertainment industry!) READ FULL ARTICLE »
It's not easy having a young, intelligent, and spirited assistant editor. G. Shane Morris, who goes by his middle name, is never afraid to "call 'em as he sees 'em." So I try to monitor his, shall we say, Web footprint.
You may have heard that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee called out Republicans on the issue of gay marriage, saying that they need to "grow a spine." Well, Rand Paul's folks went to Facebook to say that Republicans should agree to disagree on the issue. That's when Shane weighed in with a comment . . . which as of now has more than 1,400 likes.
I beg your indulgence. This blog is more personal testimony than social commentary.
About two and a half years ago, a young filmmaker and I began to talk about the challenges keeping pornography users from getting the help they need. One of the biggest obstacles, we agreed, was shame. Shame is the lock on the door of an already self-closed life. For an addict, acting out with pornography perpetuates a cycle of shame that leads to isolation and an ever-diminishing sense of self. It takes courage to ask for help, and sometimes courage must come from others.
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