Showing posts from 2010

Death Comes Tomorrow

Burger King’s famous slogan, "Have it your way," encapsulates much of what has come to define the turn of the century. With World War I, western society saw the slow demise of what had been a generally optimistic era. However, the subsequent era, firmly established through World War II, did not remain in the pessimism of the 1930s; instead, it chose to un-define the conventional categories altogether. Postmodernism is not a redefining of modern ideals: it is a relativizing or un-defining of semantics. It could be said that Derridean deconstruction has undone Cartesian foundationalism—ontology being usurped by the fluidity of language.  The results and reception of this are indisputably mixed. For some, the advent of relativism into mainstream thought has brought greater acceptance of political and social progress. For others, relativism is seen as a virtual enemy of the cross of Christ, trivializing the reality of the sacrifice made. Others still are unconvinced t

What Do You Want?

Some of my favorite, or comical, internet advertisements are those marketing Christian dating services with taglines such as "hot, Christian singles!" and "hot singles for missionary dating!" This trend, called tailored advertising , has engendered much controversy—shrouded as it is by matters of privacy violation and constitutional rights. However, barring spamming and phishing, the greater concern that is being overlooked is the looming threat that consumerism poses. Over forty-five years ago, Harry Blamires spoke of this as people "replacing purpose for function" (see "Its Concern for the Person" in The Christian Mind ). That being said, it should be keenly disturbing for everyone to consider the implications of tailored advertising: everything that makes you who you are is marketable . Worse still is if the church bought into this and began 'marketing' the gospel. It is important to preserve the message of the gospel. We might first

Exorcising the Demon

A recent gimmick of irreputable fame is the flurry of bumper stickers, t-shirts, and Facebook groups touting: “Pray for Obama.” Of course, the tongue-in-cheek nature of this seemingly winsome slogan harbors ulterior, even divisive, motives. The prooftext affixed to this phrase is Psalm 109:8 : “May his days be few; may another take his office!” It might appear harmless enough for many purported Christians to desire a short tenure for our president; however, the attitude firmly in place here cannot be missed: many of us do not respect our leader . And to do so is to render inert—at least to our detractors—the values for which many so strongly oppose President Obama in the first place. It is important to preserve God’s place in the world. Upon his imprisonment in Jerusalem, Paul makes his defense before the Jewish council. The book of Acts records an event where Paul inadvertently rebukes the high priest. His immediate retraction proves illustrative: “It is written, ‘You shall not sp