Americans love to feel validated and explore external influences on their circumstances. Yet these therapeutic activities, when overdone, can sideline and subvert the value of personal change.
Although drawing some welcome scrutiny to a fixture of modern life, the popular new documentary misses some important points as well. Especially our own responsibility in the larger mess.
An Australian state adopts a law requiring Catholic priests to break the seal of confession in certain situations, part of a troublesome trend that is also emerging in the United States.
Are there understandings of social justice that would help us unite around its aspirations—rather than continue fighting over it?
Within a community of people aspiring to follow One who entreats “Be Thou Perfect,” perhaps it’s unsurprising that our efforts can become painfully perfectionistic at times. Alongside the welcome appeals to step away from toxic attitudes about perfection, is there something sports can teach us about that too?
In all the debate around appropriate accountability, reform, and policy change, far less attention has gone to how to find healing together as a people.
Our culture claims that we’re un-Christlike if we teach moral standards. God commands us to love; does he command us to lay low?