Four Stories I See Differently Now

Roland Barthes was one of the French grandfathers of postmodernism. He wrote Mythologies in the 1950s. In that text he argued that myth was a language that made assumptions feel natural in people’s minds. Analyzing everything from detergent commercials to staged wrestling matches, he sought to understand how everyday symbols drove home political beliefs and…

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Stop justifying your complicity with evil by saying you’re in no position to act

On his way to be crucified, Jesus makes an eloquent statement to women who weep for Him. He tells the women not to weep for Jesus’s crucifixion, but rather for themselves and their own children. He says a day will come when everyone will regret ever having lived at all, because the judgment from God…

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David Stockman’s vision of the Turbulent Twenties: What to do with the church?

This article seems to be running on a lot of right-wing websites such as the Drudge Report: /https://www.peakprosperity.com/next-comes-the-turbulent-twenties/ In this Stockman, a veteran of the Ronald Reagan administration, talks about the problem of onerous debt and what he predicts will be a decade of painful contraction and economic crisis. His economic analysis cannot be dismissed.…

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Luther, World War I, and the State of American Churches Today

Is today’s time like Luther’s? Yes, absolutely.As Jeff Dornik discussed with me in yesterday’s interview, we cannot underestimate the significance of the religious upheaval we are witnessing right now. The USA was a Christian bastion for hundreds of years, the home base for people like Billy Graham and other world-famous evangelists. But the American churches…

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