Category Archives: Life & Culture

Rugged Rationalism and the Church’s Alternative Story

What if the subconscious reason for abandoning faith is the rugged appeal of rationalism – the fierce facing of reality, however stark the picture may be?

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LOST at 10: Still Lost After All These Years

Why did this show draw such attention? And why did it prove ultimately unsatisfying for so many viewers?

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Churches Speaking for the Unborn

When it comes to defending the weakest members of the human family, I believe churches should feel free to speak up.

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Vertigo: Revisiting Hitchcock’s Masterpiece

In “Sight and Sound’s” 2012 poll, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film, Vertigo, supplanted Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time.

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Good Theology, Good Lyrics, Good Melody: An Interview with Selah

Since 1997, Selah has been a mainstay in Christian music. The original trio was comprised of brother and sister Todd and Nicol Smith, and their friend Allan Hall. Nicol married and left the group in 2004, and Amy Perry joined a few years later.

The trio has sold more than 4 million albums and singles, and garnered seven Dove Awards. Despite their previous accomplishments, their most recent album, You Amaze Us, has achieved unprecedented success.

Recently, I sat down with Todd, Allan and Amy to ask them about their history, their songs, and why theology is such an important aspect of music.

Trevin: You’ve been together 17 years. What is the secret to longevity in the Christian music industry?

Allan: Every artist has a different story. For us, it comes back to our common heart and a common passion.

Amy: We get asked by other groups, “Do you guys fight a lot? Do you have trouble picking who sings what lead?” and we always say, “No.” In fact, we are so conscious of that kind of thing that we’ll say things like, “I feel like I’ve been singing a lot of leads lately, do you have enough?”

There’s still a brother-sister feel to this group, even though Nicol isn’t with the band anymore and I’m not actually the sister. We still have a unified heart as worshipers.

We know why we are called to do this. It’s ministry. We didn’t pick “You Amaze Us” because we thought it would be a number one hit. We picked it because it resonated with us and …

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The New Abortion Absolutists

Are abortion rights supporters fully embracing an absolutist agenda, one that legitimizes and praises a woman’s choice to abort, no matter the circumstances?

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Gungor, Questions, and the Doubters Among Us

Why we can’t simply celebrate or condemn the skeptic’s questions.

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President Obama’s Mythical 21st Century

If history shows us anything, it is that “the future” has often belonged to those who are passionate enough about their cause to destroy anything in their way in order to build something different.

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Ferguson is Ripping the Bandages off our Racial Wounds

Too many of us think: If we can just contain the problem, our way of life won’t be affected. Self-preservation and the support for our own way of life closes our ears to the cries around us.


The Progressive Appeal to an Imaginary Calendar

To be a “progressive” implies that your primary impulse is to progress beyond the present and lead the way toward better days. But not everything we foresee in the future is worth pursuing.

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