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February 2011 Archives

The Anthropology of Lady Gaga and Ethics

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Last week I began to examine the anthropology (understanding of human beings) in the recent hit song of Lady Gaga, “Born This Way.” I began by presenting the lyrics and main ideas of the song. Then I commented on whether […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Fathoming the Unfathomable

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Fathoming the Unfathomable Psalm 36:1-12 Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; ?     your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, ?     your justice like the ocean depths. Psalm 36:5-6 I’ve said “God […]

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In the News: Younger People Not Reading Blogs

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The New York Times recently ran an article called “Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter.”  Here’s the core of the article: Blogs were once the outlet of choice for people who wanted to express themselves online. […]

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News Flash: Caltech Gets First Conference Win Since Reagan was President

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The New York Times reports that the California Institute of Technology basketball team won its first conference game since 1985, beating nearby Occidental College 46-45. Caltech won by scoring the last nine points in a row, delighting the home crowd […]

The Controversial Anthropology of Lady Gaga Examined

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Yesterday, I introduced the controversial anthropology of Lady Gaga as found in her hit single, “Born This Way.” In a nutshell, her anthropology (understanding of humanity) is embedded in her title. Whatever I am, I was born this way. My […]

The Controversial Anthropology of Lady Gaga

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Yes, rock star Lady Gaga has an anthropology. No, I don’t mean that she’s been digging around in the dirt, looking for remnants of ancient societies, or studying tribes in far away jungles. I’m not implying that Lady Gaga is […]

The Ten Commandments: Cowboy Style

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My friend Phil recently sent me an email featuring the “Cowboy’s Ten Commandments.” He said these were posted in the Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas. Curious, I did a little digging around the Internet. Sure enough, there is a […]

The Confession App and the Ten Commandments

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A few days ago I put up some thoughts on the Confession app that had stirred the pot of popular opinion. At the center of this app is a guided reflection based on the Ten Commandments. It seems to me […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: God is Not Watching Us From a Distance

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God is Not Watching Us From a Distance Psalm 34:1-22 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;      he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 Two decades ago, the song “From a Distance” streaked to the top of […]

Know Your Limits . . . and Live Within Them

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Today, I was exploring The High Calling, a website that features “Everyday Conversations About Work, Life, and God.” As I read several articles, I was struck by a curious overlap in content, an intersection of ideas that spoke incisively to […]

Resources for Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Holy Week

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Three weeks from now, many Christians will gather for services on Ash Wednesday. Thus will begin the season of Lent, a six-week time of preparation for Good Friday and Easter. Over the years, I have produced a variety of online […]

A Deeply Moving Story: Through Pain and Grace Toward Redemption

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Today, I read a deeply moving story and I want to commend it to you. It was written by Gordon Atkinson, a former pastor and engaging author who used to blog as the Real Live Preacher. It is a story […]

In the News: “Start Up Indiana Church Uses Sex to Sell Message”

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Yes, I admit that the USA Today headline caught my eye: “Start Up Indiana Church Uses Sex to Sell Message.” So what’s the story? New Day Church, a new church in Indiana, is using a marketing campaign that features ads […]

Feeling Cranky About 3-D Movies

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I’m feeling cranky about 3-D movies. Yes, I know they’re the latest fad. But I’m hoping, like most fads, this one will soon pass away. I’ve never been a big fan of 3-D movies, ever since I saw Jaws 3-D […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: The Best Hiding Place of All

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The Best Hiding Place of All Psalm 32:1-11 For you are my hiding place;      you protect me from trouble.      You surround me with songs of victory. Psalm 32:7 When I was a boy, one of my favorite games […]

In the News: “Doing God’s Work – At the Office”

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Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal featured an article called “Doing God’s Work – At the Office.” It examined the growing movement among Christians to see their work, yes, even their work in secular business, as an opportunity to serve God.  Their […]

More on the Confession App: Are You Getting Tired of Technology Hype?

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Are you getting tired of technology hype? I am. What am I talking about? The tendency for people – especially those in the media, both old and new – to get overly excited about new technologies, losing perspective in the […]

Visiting My iPad Confessional

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An op-ed piece in the New York Times alerted me to a new iPhone/iPad app. In “Forgive Me, Father, for I Have Linked,” Maureen Dowd describes one of the newest and most popular apps. It’s called Confession: A Roman Catholic […]

Is Digital Technology Making Life Better . . . or Worse?

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Is digital technology making your life better . . . or worse? Is work invading your personal life, if you have a personal life left? Is your personal life interrupting your work, making you more distracted and less effective? A […]

Will Facebook and YouTube Lead to Freedom? A New Book Says “No”

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Yesterday, I blogged on a recent article in the New York Times that points to the extraordinary influence of Facebook and YouTube in the protests in Egypt. Is this time to celebrate the power of the Internet to bring political […]

In the News: Facebook and YouTube Fuel Egyptian Protests

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The New York Times has run a fascinating story on the impact of Facebook and YouTube on the protests in Egypt: “Movement Began With Outrage and a Facebook Page That Gave It an Outlet.” According to this story, last June, […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Avoiding the Trap of Self-Reliance

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Avoiding the Trap of Self Reliance Psalm 30:1-12 When I was prosperous, I said,      “Nothing can stop me now!” Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.      Then you turned away from me, and I […]

Great Deal on True Grit Soundtrack

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Last month, I wrote about the soundtrack from True Grit (Jan 11; Jan 12) focusing on its creative use of classic hymns, especially “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” I mentioned how much I have enjoyed this album by Carter Burwell. […]

Winter Along the Frio River

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Like most of the U.S., the Texas Hill Country has had some impressively low temperatures in the last few days. Out at Laity Lodge, which sits next to the Frio River, the temp dropped into single digits at night. That’s […]

In the News: Pepperoni Pizza

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In May of 1985, my wife and I traveled to Italy. It was my first time there, her second. When we arrived in Firenze (that’s Florence, to those of use who speak English), I was thrilled to see some of […]

In the News: Breakfast Doesn’t Help Dieters

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So, once again the experts have me confused. For years, I’ve read that if you want to lose weight, you need to eat a substantial breakfast. Skipping breakfast, we were told, makes you hungrier later in the day, so that […]

In the News: Does Facebook Make Us More or Less Social? (Part 2)

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Yesterday, I noted a recently released study of Facebook. S. Craig Watkins and H. Erin Lee of the Department of Radio-Television-Film of the University of Texas at Austin have published “Got Facebook? Investigating What’s Social About Social Media.” (You can […]

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