CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Not So Crafty as a Fox

Dec 11, 2019

What do they put in the drinking water in Hollywood?

As the old saying goes (often attributed to Chesterton): ‘When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe 

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The Activists Are Never Satisfied

Nov 13, 2019

The militants keep demanding more and more:

As the old saying goes, “If you give them an inch, they’ll take a yard.” That is true in many areas, perhaps none more so than in the radical left’s

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Kanye and Christ

Nov 4, 2019

Let me begin by offering my three initial responses to all those who are baffled as to why I have not yet written about Kanye: 1) I actually know next to nothing about him; 2) Although I do watch culture

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Are You Really a Christian?

Oct 5, 2019

This is a shocking case of a believer’s walk not matching their talk:

Often a divinely-appointed confluence of events will lead to a new article. Last night two things occurred at roughly the same time, and the result is this

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Rock Stars and Life Guidance

Jun 27, 2019

Pop stars and rock stars are not usually known as great and enduring moral philosophers. And we should not expect them to be. But nonetheless, often what they say and sing about becomes a creed to live by, at least

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No, Ours Is Not a Star Wars God

May 4, 2019

Today is May the Fourth – and may it be with you! This date has now gone down in history as a commemoration of a film – indeed, a whole series of films. The first of the Star Wars films

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Gaga, Pence, and Christianity

Jan 22, 2019

We live in dark times. There is just no getting around that fact. Truth no longer means anything, feelings trump everything, and confusion abounds as to even the basics in life. Now we can’t even tell if someone is a

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On Physical Beauty

Jun 6, 2018

OK, so I better offer a few preliminary remarks here before I go any further. I just penned a piece earlier today on beauty pageants! Yes, I really did. But there was a solid reason for doing so, and it

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Stop Pretending You Are a Christian

May 26, 2018

Here is my in-your-face thesis: When folks vote against things God so very highly regards such as the sanctity of life and heterosexual marriage and family, they forfeit the right to call themselves Christians, and they very likely are not

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Elvis, Lewis and Eternity

Apr 9, 2018

There happened to be a documentary on Elvis Presley last night on TV which I watched a good part of. I assume there are plenty of such docos out there on “The King”. This one came out last year and

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Where Are All the Leaders?

Mar 31, 2018

Leadership is in short supply nowadays – at least good leadership. There are plenty of leaders, but very few strong, principled, reliable and honest leaders. Corrupt and derelict leadership abounds, but decent leadership that can inspire people and result in

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In Praise of Tough Love

Mar 23, 2018

I find that life is full of things that offer us nice parallels to spiritual truths and lessons. Even brainless television productions can offer us glimpses of spiritual realities. I have written before about various reality TV shows that feature

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Priorities in a Time of Extreme Emergency

Mar 11, 2018

A big part of our problem today is most people – including most Christians – think we are living in normal, conventional and unexceptional times. Everything seems peachy – more or less – and so most folks just go on

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A Half Century of the Counterculture

Nov 26, 2017

I confess. I was once an out and proud member of the 60s counterculture. Yep, I was once fully into the whole thing: the hippy scene, the New Left, the drug culture, the Woodstock era, the peace, love and rock

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Disney’s Rainbow Activism

Mar 21, 2017

About the only thing worse than rabid anti-Christian bigotry is all the clueless Christians who do not know or care about it. There are so many believers who have their heads in the sand – they are totally oblivious to

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Not All Lifestyles Are Equal

Jan 11, 2017

The sexual anarchists keep telling us that all sexual lifestyles deserve the same acceptance and endorsement, and we should not single out any behaviours as better or worse than others. But as I and others have carefully documented, there are

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On Bored Believers

Jan 6, 2017

You all know what an oxymoron is right? In part it involves a contradiction in terms – or what seems to be. Examples are many: A married bachelor. A round square. Homosexual marriage. Arab unity. Here is one I would

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