Over the past few years, the idea of cultural appropriation has gained unprecedented attention on social media and the blogosphere. I’ve read a lot about perceived crimes of white people taking elements form other cultures in a manner that some consider offensive. These days it’s not too uncommon to read articles like this one at The Atlantic. I could go into a number of reasons the “victimhood culture” described there is diametrically opposed to Christianity, but that would be off topic. The article, however, gave me a sufficiently alarming view of what people consider “cultural appropriation” (in this case use of a foreign language), that I thought the issue may need to be addressed. Continue reading “Towards a Biblical View of Cultural Appropriation”
Shockingly, other kids used to make fun of me. Who would have thought a kid who could recite all the monarchs of England from 1066 to the present and who learned Riemann integration before how to throw a football would draw so much ire? Doesn’t everyone use a straightedge to aim their putts in minigolf? In high school I frequently used expressions no one else does, e.g., “What in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s name is going on?” This would prompt the question, “Who’s Bonnie Prince Charlie?” I shall now tell you. Continue reading “All Glory Be to Christ”
We all have that one friend who is just HORRIBLE at responding. It doesn’t matter if it’s text, email, Facebook messenger, Snapchat, or any other form of communication. That person is just straight up bad at responding. That’s it. Nothing else needs to be said. Continue reading “What Does Not Responding to Texts Say About You?”
I take as an axiom, “Great people read, and great people read a lot.” My purpose, then, is extending this principle to, “Christians should read, and Christians should read a lot.” Surely we are obligated to steward the intellects God gave us. We can do this by reading. Reading combats laziness, reading informs our worldview, reading gives us a knowledge of the devil’s devices, reading enables us to understand and love others. Most importantly, reading makes first dates less awkward—it gives us things to talk about. Reading is a good thing, but it is something many people foolishly neglect, much to their own detriment. By reading I mean primarily books, not newspapers, magazines, comics, or trashy websites. To quote Charles Spurgeon:
Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.
Of course, How to Read a Book exists, and I have shamelessly plagiarized its title. But this is not a post about how to read a book, it’s a post about how to read books. I shall explore how a Christian should approach the necessary discipline of reading extra-Biblical books. And I have three words to describe how you should approach reading: broadly, copiously, and deeply. Continue reading “How to Read Books”