The Assault on Chastity
Some conservative Christians criticize the evangelical purity culture (which could slip into legalism and shame) while upholding chastity. Outside the church, the whole idea seems idea outlandish. Gabriella Siefert at the Exchange analyzes this phenomenon in light of a recent documentary on the Jonas Brothers, who in their day wore purity rings.
An Elusive Presence Across the Tiber
HT to Ted O. for pointing me to “Pope: Jesus Is Looking for Witnesses, not ‘Religion Editors.’” Pope Francis, in a recent homily, is not being antagonistic toward journalists (at least I hope not), just making this point:
This goes right to the heart of my series, The Elusive Presence. This week’s offering examines how, despite our best intentions, our worship can become more about ourselves than about God.
Author of the Week
A quote from the end of this essay says it all:
If you’re already missing yesterday’s fireworks, check this out: Intel “dazzled its Folsom [California] audience on July 15, 2018, with “a spectacular light show designed to feature 1,500 drones” [Sacramento Bee]. More impressive still: A single pilot controlled the entire fleet. Start watching at 00:51, when the show begins. You may have seen similar displays at the Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl.
Grace and peace,
Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today