When asked by The Barna Group what words or phrases best describe Christianity, the top response among Americans ages 16-29 was “antihomosexual.” For a staggering 91 percent of non-Christians, this was the first word that came to their mind when asked about the Christian faith. The same was true for 80 percent of young churchgoers. (The next most common negative images? : “judgmental,” “hypocritical,” and “too involved in politics.”)
My generation is tired of the culture wars. Continue reading
I just found out an amusing fact about old Shane MacGowan, the brilliant songsmith who founded one of Celtic rock’s most celebrated bands and is somehow still with us after years of reckless merriment, spirits having literally preserved him.
Another influential musician (albeit in a different genre) recounted something from his youth in England that involved the mischievous Mr. MacGowan:
At my previous school in London I was good friends with Shane. He and I used to sit together in the back row of English Lit. He was extremely smart.
On one occasion during a boring reading of some classic novel or other, the teacher spotted me and Shane nattering. He singled me out saying something like, “What figure of speech is ‘indubitably’… Robertson?”
Shane whispered under his breath: “It’s an onanism.”
Ha. “IT’S AN ONANISM, SIR!” I blurted out.
Which I did. Much to the delight of Shane and the rest of the class.
“I think women rule the world and that no man has ever done anything that a woman either hasn’t allowed him to do or encouraged him to do.” Who said it? Continue reading
Sorry for the long absence. Let’s carry on, shall we? “If you listen to the guys up in the stands, pretty soon you’ll be up there sitting with them.” Who said it? Continue reading