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Two Years after the January 6 Capitol Riot, Do We Still Care?

Two Years after the January 6 Capitol Riot, Do We Still Care?

I’ll admit, my initial reaction when I realized that I would need to write about the second anniversary of the Capitol riots was somewhere between “not this again” and “I just don’t care.” That’s not to say that the breach of the Capitol lacked significance or was in any way an appropriate or moral response to the 2020 election. The truth is that most Americans think what happened that day was wrong, but far fewer think it is worth continuing to dwell on or investigate going forward. So, if that’s the case, why am I writing about it today?

In short, it’s because it provides a good opportunity to think about a larger cultural question that continues to impact all of us, regardless of our political affiliation: Why is it that we so often feel the urge to push views to the extreme?

Triggering the Tingles: 'ASMR' Cannot Replace Human Presence

Triggering the Tingles: 'ASMR' Cannot Replace Human Presence

Attempts to bypass the need for human presence and to receive pleasure at the press of a button may seem to work for a moment. They may even earn millions of YouTube subscribers. However, in the end, we will be left lonelier than we were when we found them appealing in the first place. That should probably trigger chills, not tingles.

What If We All Lived by the Truth of God's Word?

What If We All Lived by the Truth of God's Word?

Imagine a world in which everyone lived by the truth of God’s word. Imagine the personal and corporate righteousness that would result. Now imagine the consequences for a world in which each person and nation loved their neighbor as themselves (Matthew 22:39) and treated others only as they wished to be treated (Matthew 7:12), to cite just two biblical truths. How would this change the war in Ukraine? China’s threats against Taiwan? Crime in your city? Conflict in your home?

James Clerk Maxwell: Cultivating the Mind of Christ

James Clerk Maxwell: Cultivating the Mind of Christ

To be Christian, especially in this confusing cultural moment, requires the intentional cultivation of our minds. An exemplary model of someone who took this calling seriously is James Clerk Maxwell.

Why We Should Not Confuse Formal Religion with a Personal Relationship with Christ

Why We Should Not Confuse Formal Religion with a Personal Relationship with Christ

Let’s not make a category mistake with our souls this year. No matter how advanced our technology becomes, bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari is right: we will never find lasting happiness through temporal comfort and convenience. And let’s avoid an association fallacy that confuses formal religion with a personal relationship with our Maker.

Why The Church Needs to Talk to Singles about Sex Way More

Why The Church Needs to Talk to Singles about Sex Way More

There is a good reason the Church doesn’t talk about sex to singles very often. The Bible is clear that sex is an act exclusively meant for married people and talking about it too much to singles can cause unnecessary stumbling blocks or discontentment. But the Bible is also clear that sex is a beautiful, God-given gift.

For singles to not talk or think about sex for so long, then eventually get married and immediately be expected to welcome sex as a significant part of their lives, can be very damaging. The Church can easily do more to prepare singles for marriage and even use the topic of God-designed sex to encourage singles, regardless of if they ever marry.

Here are three consequences that I’ve seen from the Church seldom mentioning sex unless it’s in a negative light:

Why Mr. Rogers Was Better Than Barney, but He’d Be in Big Trouble Today

Why Mr. Rogers Was Better Than Barney, but He’d Be in Big Trouble Today

Not that long ago, culturally speaking, someone known throughout the world for being neighborly said some things that most likely would have gotten him fired today. And believe it or not, he said these things on public television!

Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood often performed songs he wrote to address issues that confused children or caused them to struggle. One of these songs, “Everybody’s Fancy,” was featured in numerous episodes of his hit show from 1968 to 1991. He hoped to help children love and value their bodies and to respect other children, too. Rogers was, of course, completely unaware of the modern controversies over LGBTQ identities that would soon dominate the culture, but, in several lines of the song, he expressed truths that are no longer permitted to be said out loud.

Our Real Problem with Praying in a Crisis

Our Real Problem with Praying in a Crisis

Our real problem with praying in a crisis is not that we do it but that we don’t do more of it. The Bible says, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2). Jesus assured us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

Criticism of prayer unmasks the self-sufficiency at the heart of our secularized culture. But crisis unmasks the irrationality of such self-sufficiency. We think we don’t need God anymore, that our scientific and medical advances have made faith in him obsolete and irrelevant. Then we face an emergency our human resources cannot solve, and we are faced with our need for Someone beyond ourselves.

How to 'Experience Meaningful Happiness'

How to 'Experience Meaningful Happiness'

If we want happiness for ourselves and others in the coming year, we will need to travel the ancient pathway: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). How do we do this? The psalmist explains: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act” (v. 5).

New Year's Resolutions for American Politicians

New Year's Resolutions for American Politicians

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions for myself a few years ago. I found them to be pointless goals that I was not going to chase just because the calendar flipped. Instead, I use the New Year to examine my weekly rhythms and routines to see what I need to change.

My personal disavowal of New Year’s resolutions does not extend to other people. No public figures are coming to me for advice, but if they were, these are the New Year’s resolutions I would recommend.