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Essays on Culture

I recently enjoyed the opportunity to contribute a chapter to a collection of essays reflecting on the influence of media during the Trump presidency. American Television During a Television Presidency

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The concept of a Christian worldview is fundamentally simple, but its implications are profound. There are a modest number of foundational assumptions necessary to view the world from a Christian

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I write obituaries for a living. Well, only technically. It’s more honest to say that I edit obituaries as one of my job duties. In the free newspaper obituary business,

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Book burning and censorship campaigns seemed a relic of the past in the rural middle-class world where I grew up. We vigorously attacked the censorship of the repressive Soviet Union

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I first wrote this reflection in 2015 and was concerned then about the evangelical embrace of hateful ideologies and rhetoric. Sadly, that embrace has only grown stronger. I am proud

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There have been a couple of interesting posts on this subject that I have seen on Facebook. One was an article entitled “Christian Democrat?” on In All Things. The website is a Dordt

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Somehow, the causes of the Civil War are back in the political discourse. Presidential candidate and former governor Nikki Haley, who at one time made news for taking down the

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Spider-Man rose like the Phoenix from the pages of a dying comic, Amazing Adult Fantasy, which ran as an anthology published by Marvel Comics in 1961 and 1962. As the

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I am a Democrat. Even more…by most metrics, I’m a progressive or liberal Democrat. There I said it. My Facebook friends won’t be surprised by this. I haven’t hidden my

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There are a number of articles that have been written on hymns and contemporary Christian music in the church. I have read several of them over the years and it

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The conventional wisdom that Trump supporters took him seriously, but not literally, was challenged on January 6, 2021, when hundreds of his supporters–literally–answered his call to march to the Capitol

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Donald Trump maintains a significant lead in the polls ahead of the Iowa caucuses, making his securing of the Republican nomination for president increasingly inevitable. Recent national polls show Trump

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