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Friday, September 26, 2014

THE GALLI REPORT - Friday, September 26, 2014

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Friday, September 26, 2014

If you haven't yet enjoyed the wonder and delight of The Behemoth, check out "In the Beginning Was Laughter." It's about how God is "dead serious about joy," and written by Dylan Demarsico, whom you'll be reading more of in the future, I'm sure.

I happily identify as a baby boomer. And I recognize that in broad and hazy ways, generations can be characterized. The generation that endured the Great Depression and World War II can't help but be shaped by those extraordinary events. Same is true of those whose formative years were the '60s, with Vietnam, civil rights, and political assassinations. Still, so much talk that goes on in the name of generation science has always struck me as overblown and utterly subjective. That is why this article, with the subtitle, "The crackpot social science of generational analysis," rang true in so many respects.

"Have Christians Made an Idol of Life?" is not about being pro-life in regards to abortion and euthanasia. Rather, it explores the health and medical choices we make to improve our chances of living longer. Amy Julia Becker wonders if we sometimes make choices that suggest we think living as long as possible is an ultimate value. I think she's on to something. But for now, I'll keep taking my Lipitor.

And yet another constitutional comedy of sorts: Some high-school cheerleaders joined hands before a football game and started saying the Lord's Prayer. Soon the entire stadium joined in. Did that violate the U.S. Constitution? I find such legal nuances interesting—and funny. I'm continually amazed at the lengths we go as a nation to decide how Americans should or should not pray in public, as if doing it inappropriately might open the door to the Great American Inquisition.

I may have to stand corrected. One thing that most annoys me about my church (Anglican/charismatic) is the rambunctious singing during and after Communion. I usually leave the sanctuary after I receive the bread and wine and grab a cup of coffee where happy congregates will soon gather for fellowship. Well, it turns out that I'm being unbiblical. As sociologist Peter Berger points out, "There is ample biblical warrant for noisy worship."
Okay, okay. But my life verse remains, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:10).

Grace and peace,

Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor, Christianity Today

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