The Shallows: An Ankle-Deep Review – 58

Nicholas Carr is a first-rate writer, and The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011) demonstrates his skills. Lucid and informed with crystalizing turns of phrase, his style is easy, enlightening, and enjoyable to read. It's no surprise this book earned him a finalist's spot for the Pulitzer … Continue reading The Shallows: An Ankle-Deep Review – 58

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Does Your Brain Change with Internet Use? – 57

Yesterday, I finished reading The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, and I must say it's a fascinating and somewhat foreboding read. In the next few days I hope to have some summarizing thoughts for you all, but I just wanted to whet your appetites with a brief passage today. In a 2005 interview, Michael Merzenich ruminated on the Internet's power … Continue reading Does Your Brain Change with Internet Use? – 57

Trump, Machen, and Truthfulness – 54

What do Donald J. Trump and J. Gresham Machen have to do with each other? Not much, I imagine. But in my reading of Machen's classic Christianity and Liberalism I came across a passage with peculiar application to the recent controversy sparked by the President's allegations of wiretapping. In his chapter on Christ, Machen discusses how the liberals (he's … Continue reading Trump, Machen, and Truthfulness – 54

Far Kingdom – 44

"Far Kingdom" by The Gray Havens is one of those songs that fills me with longing for the eternal kingdom, the celestial city, whose designer and builder is God. With richly biblical images the song resonates within my soul at a frequency of deep gladness, illumining the prospects of the new heavens and earth. Take a listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19RghmEGw8E Verse1: There is … Continue reading Far Kingdom – 44

The ‘Bathroom Debate’ Isn’t Going Anywhere – 38

While watching this exchange play out on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday, I was squirming in my seat. I felt I had to say something. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZ6bPjj0OI Unbeknownst to me, Joe Carter must have been thinking similarly. On Saturday morning he published an article on The Gospel Coalition that said the very kinds of things I wanted to say about … Continue reading The ‘Bathroom Debate’ Isn’t Going Anywhere – 38