Michael Horton recently had the opportunity to talk with Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith, author of Soul Searching and Souls in Transition. Dr. Smith coined the phrase “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” to describe the faith of most religious teens, and the religion he fears of their parents as well. In this interview, Mike talks to Dr. Smith about his various writing projects, his view of youth ministry, and his suggestions for the way forward.
Entries for December, 2010
Ross Douthat, columnist at The New York Times, had a great column this past Sunday that was part review of two important books on religious sociology and part longing for the church to recognize that in its current cultural context (weak, marginalized, and under fire) it has its greatest opportunity for renewing its marks and […]
Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott recently complained about the lack of Christmas spirit amongst his Republican colleagues who threatened to vote against a further extension of unemployment insurance. McDermott said in a televised interview, “This is Christmas time. We talk about good Samaritans, the poor, the little baby Jesus in the cradle and all this stuff. […]
A couple of winners from our friends at Mockingbird. First, a new entry into the “Tragic Church Signs” category: Then, from the “so sad, it’s funny” realm comes this holiday must-have: the Jesus Tree (also available in patriotic red, white, and blue)!
Igniter Media has put a clever 21st century spin on the first Christmas story as if it unfolded via Facebook. If you are not familiar with Facebook and its lingo then this video might not be for you. If you do have a Facebook account, have you become friends of White Horse Inn?
Last Friday, Modern Reformation unveiled our new digital edition. This electronic version of the magazine can be accessed on our site and is also mobile-ready. If you’re already a subscriber, this new edition is an added benefit of your subscription. In order to see the digital edition you must be a current subscriber and have […]
Is it more important to “be the gospel” to others or to “preach the gospel”? To our surprise, 69 percent of the Christians we polled sided with the idea of “being the gospel.” On this broadcast, the hosts continue to interact with the results from our recent survey of Christians at a conservative evangelical convention; this time dealing with issues relating to the theme of the Great Commission.
Once again we are featuring a treat for Christmas from Dr. Rosenbladt. Listen to Dr. Rosenbladt preach a Christmas sermon borne of Martin Luther’s writings, constructed by Dr. Roland Bainton, who taught history at Yale University from 1936 to 1961. Though Luther never wrote nor preached this sermon, it is assembled from his writings as […]
Every day NASA updates a webpage entitled “Astronomy Picture of the Day.” There is a photograph/image that is in some way related to the field of astronomy either from the ground or from a satellite followed by an explanation from an astronomer about what you are seeing. The title of the December 13 image was […]