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The “Hidden Hand” of Evangelicalism Exposed

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Well, the truth can finally be told. As an evangelical, I take my direction from Art Linkletter, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Kurt Warner.
It’s all revealed in the doctoral thesis of D. Michael Lindsay of Princeton University:
Is there a “hidden hand? behind the rise to power of the evangelical movement in America over the last […]

Analogies: Some are better than others

Friday, March 17th, 2006

For example, here’s an analogy that doesn’t work very well at all: homeschoolers as Essenes.  Dave Terpstra struggles with educational choices for his children, but it appears he needs to struggle a good bit more.
What’s disappointing is that this is a Christianity Today blog (their Leadership blog!).  I expected better.  Sigh.
(Hat tip: Daryl Cobranchi).

“God gave me the man who killed my father to be like a father to me and a grandfather to my children.”"

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

I’ve been waiting for this story in Christianity Today to be available online. It is astounding and captivating to see what has happened to the South American Auca Indians since their tribesmen killed five American missionaries (including Jim Elliot) back in the 50s. Go read it - you won’t be disappointed.
The story is […]


Sunday, January 15th, 2006

OK. I’ll admit I’ve never tried anything like this, and I am probably more skeptical of it than I should be.
Christianity Today runs an online series called Men of Integrity (sort of makes up for this, I guess), with daily readings and a weekly theme. This week’s theme is Be A […]

Just Your Typical “Episcopalian Priest” Story

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Another TV show getting those troublesome Christian conservatives all riled up. This time, it’s NBC’s The Book of Daniel, which is apparently a mid-season replacement, starring Aidan Quinn in the title role.
But tell me, does this sound like Hollywood has any idea how the rest of us live?

Webster [Quinn’s character] is shown having visions […]

Why Am I Not Excited?

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

I have subscribed to several Christianity Today email newsletters, including one on Christian parenting (I think it’s called Parenting Connection).
Friday, I received an email from the Parenting Connection folks entitled, “Exciting Changes for You at Christian Parenting Today”
Dear Parents,
In your next e-mail newsletter from ChristianParentingToday.com, you will find some exciting changes, including a […]

In Which the Dad is Chastised for Embarassing Behavior

Friday, December 16th, 2005

The scene: Daddy and daughter in truck waiting at a stop light. Celine Dion singing “O Holy Night” on the radio (Celine is one of Daddy’s least favorite singers; her emoting style grates on his nerves).
Celine: “Oh Niiiiiiggggghhhtttt Dee–viiiiiiiiiinnne!”
Daddy: (Throws out hands and lipsyncs “Dee–viiiiiiiiiinnnne!”)
Light turns green. Hands back on wheel, Daddy moves […]

An Almost 8-year-old’s Faith Healing Experience

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

“I was sick yesterday, but I got cured by God.”

Tis the Season for Urban Legends

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

I recently started receiving emails from an outfit called Christian Cyber Ministries. At work. I’m not exactly sure how that started, but it’s beside the point.
Yesterday’s email from “Pastor Bill” related the “Story Behind The Twelve Days of Christmas. Perhaps you’ve seen some version of this. As the story […]

Goodbye, brightMystery, hello, Casting Out Nines (and Daddyspeak)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Robert Talbert is closing up shop at brightMystery and opening two new shops:

Casting Out Nines. This blog will house content that has to do education, teaching, math, technology, and science.
Daddyspeak. This blog is the group blog, written with my friend Daniel Mangrum, about issues of faith, family, and flatulence other facets of life.*

I wish […]

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