Unsettling

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

I’m no apologist for child abuse, but I think we’re going overboard with the public witch hunt directed against someone like Adrian Peterson, who has admitted he did wrong, has talked to a psychologist, and is awaiting resolution through the legal system. Is anyone else uneasy with the overwrought national shaming that goes on, week after week after week, first on this issue, then on that issue?

Let’s face it: As bad as Peterson’s actions were–and they were indeed wrong–much worse stuff happens every single day in this country, and yet there is no national campaign directed against any of it. Think about the fact that 90 percent of the unborn diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted, or that sex trafficking occurs on the streets of our own cities, or that Americans feel more vulnerable to a terrorist attack than at any time since 9/11.

The fact that we are able to expend so much energy on whether Adrian Peterson will suit up this weekend is more than a little unsettling. It’s almost as if the country is ruled by its emotions rather than its reason, its passions rather than its principles.

Come to think of it, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?

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Treasuring the Family Dinner

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

By John Stonestreet

Feminist writer Amanda Marcotte might have agreed with C.S. Lewis, who said, “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” On the other hand, I’m pretty sure that Lewis would not have agreed with her about what she recently called a tyranny.

A great commentary from John Stonestreet, who mentions The Sacrament of Evangelism, by Jerry Root and me, and 150 Quick Questions to Get Your Kids Talking, by my friend Mary DeMuth.

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Podcast: The Lewis Man

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

John Wilson discusses a new book in which the setting is also the “main character.”

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Escape

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

I thought sports was supposed to be an escape. I need an escape from sports.

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Off the Shelf: The Quotable Lewis

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Books that have caught my eye.

The Quotable Lewis

Wayne Martindale and Jerry Root, editors

This book presents more than 1,500 quotes from Lewis’s writings, providing ready access to his thoughts on a variety of topics. An exhaustive index references key words and concepts, allowing readers to easily find quotes on any subject of interest. Also included are many photographs of Lewis and his close circle of friends.

On Friday I was discussing another book project with Jerry Root at his Wheaton College office (more on that later), and he graciously gave me a signed copy of this volume. If you love Lewis, you need a copy of this book, published in 1990.

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Jay

Monday, September 15th, 2014

What got into Jay Cutler last night? Trailing 17-0 to the 49ers and after getting speared in the sternum and curling up on the turf like a doodle bug, Cutler got up to throw four TDs and no picks, leading the Bears to a shocking 28-20 win on the road, perhaps saving the season. What happened?

The only thing that makes any sense is that Cutler woke up from that crushing hit and thought he was Peyton Manning.

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Is the Islamic State Really ‘Not Islamic’?

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

By Jonah Goldberg

Anyone who thinks jihadism is authentically Muslim won’t change his mind because Obama says so.

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Certainty

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

A smart person told me that while deciding when human life begins is “above [the president's] pay grade,” Mr. Obamsa apparently knows with theological certainty that the Islamic State really isn’t Islamic. I just wish he knew as much about being commander in chief as he knows about Muslim theology.

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Outsourcing

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

ISIS has declared war on us, so why haven’t we declared war on ISIS? And if ISIS is the threat that President Obama says it is, then why are we refusing to put our own boots on the ground and instead outsourcing the job to our “partners”? (Assuming the great multilateralist and expert on Islam can get anyone to join him for this muddled venture–Germany and Turkey have already said “no thanks.”) Haven’t we learned anything since Vietnam? If we’re going to go to war, doesn’t it make sense to actually try to win it? This requires “blood, toil, tears, and sweat,” not “pinpricks” or “kinetic action.”

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One Book, One Story

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Q&A with Daniel Darling

“I think a lot of our evangelical churches aren’t doing the hard work of preaching and teaching. Too often, we learn a piecemeal approach. Do our children’s Sunday schools present a series of disjointed stories and characters, or do they present the plan of salvation as Jesus did, ‘beginning with Moses and all the Prophets,’ explaining how it all points to him? The same thing goes with our preaching. Are we presenting the whole counsel of God, or are we cherry-picking favorite or popular topics?”

Go here for more info about God’s Story in 66 Verses.

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