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    Hopelessly Devoted: Psalm Twenty Three (and The Tyranny of “The Ought”)

    Hopelessly Devoted: Psalm Twenty Three (and The Tyranny of “The Ought”)

    Terry Cooper defines the idealized self as “an image of what we should be, must be or ought to be, in order to be acceptable.” He goes on, “[It] is born out of the imagination and is quite impossible to actualize. It is a romanticized portrait built on exaggerated self-expectations.”

    In a recent chapel message at Wheaton College, Dr. Anthony Bradley – Associate Professor of Theology at my alma mater, The King’s College in New York City – distills this idea and explains how the pressure of “the idealized self” crushes college students. Anxiety, perfectionism, and an overwhelming sense of inadequacy…

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    Consider the Grasshopper

    Consider the Grasshopper

    There are more than 11,000 species of grasshopper. The Acrididae family comprises about 10,000 of those species, accounting for nearly all grasshoppers in the United States. They’re harmless creatures, really. Plant-eaters, the lot of them, and many produce a gentle, familiar sound by rubbing the ridges of their hind legs against the edges of their forewings. They come in different shapes and sizes, and the color schemes on different species range from bland to beautiful.

    Locusts, on the other hand, are not so meek. In fact, they exhibit terrible hostility and wreak legendary devastation. Often, where they go, famine and death…

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    On Hoping The World Rejects The Gospel

    On Hoping The World Rejects The Gospel

    “Jesus is lord, and everything else is bullshit.”

    That’s the gospel according to Stanley Hauerwas. It’s a brisk summary of what Paul says in Philippians 3:8-11. Jesus is the end-game and everything else is rubbish (Greek: Σκύβαλον; skubalon; animal feces).

    So what Hauerwas says is true, but it’s not the whole gospel truth.

    In a 2011 interview with the defunct Greater Than Magazine, Brian McLaren said that the gospel is that the Kingdom of God is at hand and that we can be part of it. He added that God has a dream for the world and that we have an important role…

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    Pokémon, Pharisees, and the Importance of Play

    Pokémon, Pharisees, and the Importance of Play

    Pokémon GO hit smartphones just over a week ago and it’s already an international phenomenon. In the American market, the game reached No. 1 on the downloads chart in just 13 hours, and according to some vendors, is pulling in $2 million a day. It is already more popular than Tinder and Instagram, and it’s nearly out in front of Twitter. By almost all projections, it’s going to be the most successful app in app history.

    The media noticed, of course. Apparently, the game is both brilliant and the most dangerous game in the world. There was even an interesting piece on how…

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    Feeding the Beast: Grace for an Outraged World

    Feeding the Beast: Grace for an Outraged World

    Here we are again, face to face with the beast; the beast named “Outrage.” The great Harambe is dead, and someone has to answer for his demise. The furious fingers of the incensed mob permeate the web with posts of “crucify her!” The young boy’s mother is clearly negligent and self-absorbed. How could she lose control of her own child in a public place? Her neglect led directly to the death of an endangered animal, and a majestic one at that. This is unthinkable. It’s horrific. It’s murder.

    This is, of course, only Outrage’s latest feeding frenzy. The beast seems to…

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    Free to be Guilty

    Free to be Guilty

    Alexis Bloomer is impressive. She’s had her own shows on Sirius XM radio and television. She interned under the direct supervision of Dan Rather, and in her “About” section on Facebook, there’s even a quote from his recommendation letter. She’s a go-getter and a God-and-country Texan.

    Now, she can add another achievement to her résumé: a viral video. In the video, she says that she took it upon herself to evaluate what’s so wrong with her own millennial generation. Her top-line observation is that “[millennials are] just existing; we’re not really contributing anything to society.”

    According to Bloomer, millennials are crass, ill-mannered, lazy,…

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    Trump Semper Accusat

    Trump Semper Accusat

    Election season is always nasty, brutish and long. This cycle is no different, really, except that it’s worse. There are candidates running now who make some of the folks from the past few elections look like scholars and saints. Bread and circuses, indeed.

    Of course, the chief offender is Donald Trump, and most of the culture hates him for it. Left, right, center, every major news outlet regularly publishes diatribes against him or exposés about him.

    Some people have thought about Trump more creatively, though. For example, Paul Zahl used Trump as an instrument for identifying some of what ails modern American society. It…

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    #OscarsSoRighteous

    #OscarsSoRighteous

    The 2016 Academy Awards demonstrated once again (in Full HD) that the Oscars are no longer about celebrating filmmaking, but peddling righteousness. It’s a platform for the arbiters of uprightness to parade in front of viewers everything they’re required to care about in order to safeguard their justification. It’s a theater for displaying self-salvation.

    The environment and indigenous peoples. Sexual violence and marriage equality. Transphobia and sexism. Racism and war and partisan politics and mental illness. Every issue emphatically declared or emotionally acknowledged, and each met with enthusiastic approval.

    This man was robbed!

    It’s not that any of those things aren’t worth caring…

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    When Everyone’s an Expert: Listening to Scripture in the Midst of Uncertainty

    When Everyone’s an Expert: Listening to Scripture in the Midst of Uncertainty

    Cogs in the media machine constantly bombard us with differing perspectives on all matters of public debate. Blogs, newspapers, television, social media sites – thousands of responses and re-responses in discussions about everything.

    The situation rightly causes us to ask the question: who should we believe?

    It’s a constant dilemma in the Christian life. Who are you listening to? Pharaoh or Moses? Yahweh or the prophets of Baal? The old person or the new? Temptation or the word? The forgiveness spoken by God in Christ, or the word of condemnation spoken by the Accuser? Paul or Apollos or Cephas or Christ? Who are…

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