Rodney Clapp explores the religious dimensions of popular culture
Unless you're Pentecostal, you've probably never run or jumped or worked up a sweat in church. But whatever your tradition, your church has some kind of worship calisthenics.
Lady Gaga is a Kierkegaard in fishnet stockings. Intentionally or not, she reminds us that Jesus came among us as a misfit.
The symbol of the fish resounds throughout scripture, and it splashes well beyond the pages.
How sweet was the moment when, the catheter removed, I was able to again
urinate on my own. I heard myself whispering enthusiastically, with no
hint of disrespect or irony, "Thank you, Jesus!"
Outside Paradise, government will never be perfect. But that's no reason to give up
on it—any more than the fact that we can't love our children perfectly entails giving up on loving them as well as we can.