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Alex Honnold is a 29-year-old rock climbing prodigy. He is the only climber ever to have completed the Yosemite Triple. That’s 7,000 feet of sheer wall in one day. His climbs are absolutely stunning. Take just one example: Moonlight Buttress, called “Moonlight” for short, a climb with 700 feet of splitter finger crack—that’s climber lingo... [Read more...]What is Culture to the Christian?
Those on the outside have the most to complain about. The political party in the minority criticizes the governance of the majority. The losing team bemoans unfair odds and an unbalanced field. The little guy speaks of what he would do differently if only he were in charge. And, increasingly, we Christians grow frustrated with the decline of culture.... [Read more...]Our Daily Culture Shock
Alienation, nervous excitement, homesick melancholy, wonder, anxiety, isolation—the experience of culture shock is nothing if not complex. The lone tourist, the exchange student, the refugee, and the immigrant are the most susceptible, but perhaps you feel a tinge of it yourself right now. Are you home? [Read more…] Read More →The Eternal Present: Advent and Time Orientation
[T]hough we cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in God’s eyes; that is, in our deepest reality. —C.S. Lewis It’s Advent, so let’s talk about marshmallows. No, not the seasonally-themed ones. I mean the ones used by psychologists to conduct a time-orientation study. Time orientation? That’s the term social... [Read more...]Be Still
Oooff. Ate too much. Hard to type. Tired. Need nap. It’s fascinating that people have the energy to beat the dawn for some savings the day after Thanksgiving. Every year brings more stories that lessen one’s faith in American exceptionalism: brawls at retailers, traffic issues, campouts in parking lots. No need to nag, though, it’s self-evidently... [Read more...]Like Superheroes? Try the Saints!
Superheroes! Our culture seems obsessed with them. Witness the many adaptations of DC heroes like Batman and Superman, the 23 Marvel movies scheduled for release, and even the most recent animated Disney movie, Big Hero 6. Once superheroes were the subject of only occasional interest, relegated to the checkout aisle or to a small but thriving sub-culture;... [Read more...]