Discernment Exercise: Questioning American Foreign Policy

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Since 9/11 our country and our churches have once again been interested in just war theory. Since the attack on the World Trade Center…

Discernment Exercise: Why I Kissed Christian Concerts Good-bye

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Editor’s Introduction In the following piece a music lover, after attending Christian concerts regularly for a decade and a half, explains why he no…

Discernment Exercise: Should We Attend This Party?

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Here is a case study for discernment, based on a true story (though I’ve taken liberties with many of the details). Your small group…

Discernment Exercise: Love It or Leave It

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Though America is obviously a country of immigrants—after all, very few of us are Native Americans—over the years each major wave of immigration has…

Discernment Exercise: How Committed is Too Committed?

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In a report published in Harper’s (January 2016, p. 53-62), “The Ultimate Terrorist Factory: Are French prisons incubating extremism?” journalist Scott Sayare tells how…

Flourishing with technology: An exercise in discernment

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Technology: What’s Gained and What’s Lost? In an article titled “How You’ll Get Organized,” James Fallows asked five technology experts “to speculate about the…

Discernment Exercise: A Toolkit for Conversations

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The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com), headquartered in London and founded by philosopher and author Alain de Botton, offers in their shop an attractive little…

Discernment Exercise: Responding to a Changing World

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Hans Rookmaaker, art historian and colleague of Francis Schaeffer published Modern Art and the Death of a Culture in 1970. It was written, in…

Discernment Exercise: Nudity in Art

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To the editor: First, I’d like to thank you for devoting so much ink and paper in your last issue to Square Halo Books…

Discernment Exercise: The School of Life

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A secularist pursuit of compassion I first became aware of Alain de Botton by reading his The Architecture of Happiness, a book of uncommon…