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The New Internet

The Internet as we know it is going away. And looking back, it’s odd how…

First Word: A Generation Without a Party

The 2008 election season was, shall we say, illuminating. Fed up with the way Christianity…

Who Will Watch the Watchmen? Again?

Every artistic medium has at least one thing no one would ever consider changing. No…

Degrees of Unemployment

In case you weren’t already painfully aware of today’s terrible job market, the good folks…

First Word: Two Rails on a Track

Author and pastor Rick Warren tells the story of a remarkable moment that happened to…

Logan Mehl-Laituri

Logan Mehl-Laituri’s path to peace activism is a much more winding path than you might…

5 Weird Olympic Sports That Rule

On Friday, July 27, the XXX Olympiad will begin in London. While most Americans’ attention…

A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs’ new book, Drop Dead Healthy, chronicles his efforts to become as healthy as…

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges was a war correspondent for 20 years and has become a prophetic voice…

The Sacred in Today

Years ago, I sat in a staff meeting at my church to talk about how…

Are Vogue’s New Rules Enough?

When Ana Carolina Reston died at the age of 21, she was 5’8″ and weighed…

Obama, Gay Marriage and the Church

After President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriages in May, many Christians were outraged.…

What is the Most Believing Country?

A new study from the the University of Chicago looks at how people in differ-…

Take Your Online Life Offline

With a few tweaks and an intentional mind- set, you can re-engineer your online diver-…

Why Gunmen Don’t Belong in a Youth Group

Most youth groups play dumb (but harmless) games, give kids too much soda and junk…

What Do We Think of Ourselves?

A recent study asked younger twentysomethings how they feel about their generation. The short answer?…

Netflix Rescues Summer TV

Summer is almost here–which means good TV is almost gone. But don’t fret. The summer…

Gaming Gets So Much Smoother

There has never been, nor will there ever be, a smoother sound than the sweet,…

Your Job Will Kill You–After It Makes You Fat

In case you needed proof that working on a computer at a desk all day…

The BBC vs. Christians

At a recent forum on free speech hosted by Oxford University, Mark Thompson, the director-general…

2012 Summer Movie Guide

This year’s dog days boast promise when it comes to the big screen. Like last…

Anthony Bourdain’s New Adventure

Anthony Bourdain is exactly what you’d expect. In his private dressing room before his latest…

What Batman Says About Us

Every generation has its superhero. In the 1980s that hero was Superman–truth, justice and the…

Why I Am (Still) a Christian

I have been asked many times why I am a Christian. What people are asking for is “my conversion story,” which is both wacky and typical. But now, 14 years after I was baptized, those reasons I came to faith have very little to do with why I am a Christian this week, this month. And I think, as interesting as the stories of our Christian beginnings are, it would be grand and fabulous if the Church would more fully develop the skill of telling—as passionately—the stories of the middle of our faith lives.

The New Mother: Young and Single

Today, 53 percent of American babies born to women under 30 are born out of…

Hey, 2010: 1998 Wants Its Music Back

This summer may as well be termed the “year of the reunion.” Sure, every summer has its share of re-formed groups hitting the festivals, but this year there are some heavy-hitters who’ve returned to the stage (if not the recording studio). Here are a few of the more notable ones coming along soon to a stage (or iTunes) near you:

Why Are Americans Unhappy?

A recent survey from the Barna Group found roughly one-third of Americans—about 70 million—say they…

The End of Civilization On a Screen Near You

It’s 2012, so expect a lot of buzz about the end of the world. But…

Who Has All the Jobs?

Americans aren’t the only ones worried about jobs. Globally, employment is one of the highest…

Shocker: People of Faith Use Technology

In a study that comes as a surprise to approximately no Christian under the age…

How to Do Holy Week Right

MONDAY: Read John 12:1-11. In pouring out her perfume, Mary challenges both consumption and frugality—which…

Festivals Can Be More Than Just Music

With the kickoff of South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 9, it’s officially the start…

The Changing Face of Global Christianity

A century ago, Europe was the epicenter of Christianity—as it had been for a millennium—…

The Least Known Way to Save 2 Million Lives

Most Westerners are familiar with the giant pandemics that kill and sicken millions around the…

Last Year, More Than 3 Million People Got Hacked

In April 2011, Sony’s PlayStation Network was hacked and millions of users’ names and personal…

Do Politics Belong in the Pulpit?

In late 2011, a Baptist pastor in Texas came under fire for comments about Republican…

Hollywood Has Officially Run Out of New Ideas

If you needed any more proof Hollywood will stop at nothing to cash in the…

The Super Bowl of Sex Trade

Between the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a four-day entertainment lineup and a halftime performance by Beyoncé Knowles,…

Arab Spring or Christian Winter?

Since early 2011, citizens have been protesting various regimes across North Africa and the Middle…

Rats Can Stop Land Mines

During the Cambodian wars in the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge planted hundreds of land mines…