I really appreciate the book Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey. It's really a great resource for Christian apologetics, reasoning, and worldview. Here's a quote that I've read, marked up, and re-read. I trust you'll find it worthwhile as well: Why do idols invariably lead to destructive behavior? What is the connection? The link is that… Continue reading Idols and Destructive Behavior (Pearcey)
Here’s a great mini-essay from Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. “In our present culture all of us find that we are studied, named, and treated as functions and things. ‘Consumer’ is the catch-all term for the way we are viewed. From an early age we are looked upon as individuals who can… Continue reading “Except” by Eugene Peterson
In the last few years, quite a few Christian preachers and authors have written books that discuss idolatry in the Christian's life. Building on C.S. Lewis and other currently trendy Christian thinkers from the recent past, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll and other popular leaders do a decent job unmasking the idols many of us have. I'm glad… Continue reading Idolatry and the Cult of Narcissism
When I first got this little booklet, Don't Waste Your Sports, I have to admit I thought it was going to be cheesy. However, I was pleasantly surprised: it is quite good. In fact, I highly recommend it for Christians who are involved in sports (parents, high schoolers, fans, coaches, etc.). For one example, many of us know the difficulties and discussions… Continue reading Sports: Gift or God?
Along with money, nature, sex, religion, youth, politics, and self, one common American idol is fun or entertainment. Everything is advertised as being fun - from fun learning programs in schools, to fun office environments, to fun doctor's offices, fun rules the day. This is such a major idol in America that some people can even make… Continue reading The Fun Cult (or the Cult of Fun)