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Q&A: Brett McCracken on Consuming Culture Well

In his 2010 book, Hipster Christianity, Brett McCracken explored the dynamics of a particular cultural movement in (and against) modern evangelicalism. In his new book, Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty, he pulls the lens back, focusing on how the church more broadly ought to approach culture, particularly when it comes to consuming it. Continue Reading...
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PowerLinks 11.20.13

Expert: Evangelical Leaders Have Been Misquoting Bible to Push for Amnesty Matthew Boyle, Breitbart “The fact that the Bible has been used in the present immigration debate has both interested me and fascinated me because of how it’s been used and by whom it’s been used,” Hoffmeier, an expert in Hebrew and Biblical “exegesis”—what he describes as the study of how “to interpret Scripture in its ancient near-Eastern context”—said at the event. Continue Reading...

5 Facts About the Gettysburg Address

Today marks the 150 year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Here are five facts about one of history’s most famous — and famously brief — speeches: 1. The Gettysburg Address was not written on the back of an envelope. Continue Reading...

Lincoln, Gettysburg and the Bible

Over at the Liberty Law Blog, Daniel Dreisbach looks at Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and how it “reverberates with biblical rhythms, phrases, and themes.” He writes that Lincoln was “well acquainted with the English Bible – specifically the King James Bible. Continue Reading...

The Devil Doesn’t Like Institutions

“In a cynical age that tends to glorify ‘startups’ and celebrate anti-institutional suspicion, faith in institutions will sound dated, stodgy, old-fashioned, even (gasp) ‘conservative.’,” says James K.A. Smith. “Christians who are eager to be progressive, hip, relevant, and creative tend to buy into such anti-institutionalism, thus mirroring and mimicking wider cultural trends. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.19.13

Why Coolidge Is Cool Again David Pietrusza, The Federalist The 30th president not only offers us a lesson on what was done, but what will have to be done again. Hurdles Seen for Change to China’s One-Child Rule Chris Buckley, New York Times The Chinese government’s decision to relax a decades-old one-child limit on couples has already encountered two problems likely to test dozens of social and economic changes promised by President Xi Jinping — vagaries about implementation and magnified public expectations of even bigger changes ahead. Continue Reading...