Serving Him, of course.

Why Forbidding Little Girls from Wearing Victoria’s Secret Is Deeply Christocentric

Dads, you should be aware of what your little girl is wearing at all times.  It’s not something you necessarily understand perfectly, but this matter requires your fatherly care and leadership just as much as what church to go to or what devotional book to read together.  The issue covered below is only going to heat up in coming days, so I encourage you to read on.

Over at Christianity Today, I’ve written a piece entitled “Tiger Dads vs. Sexualized Daughters” on gospel-driven modesty inspired by LZ Granderson’s recent CNN column decrying tiny girls dressing sexy.  The CNN piece got 440,000 “likes” on Facebook, so I thought it worth considering in light of a redemptive cultural hermeneutic.

Here’s a snatch:

Should you get Botox for your ten-year-old daughter? What would you think of breast augmentation for your eleven-year-old girl? These and similarly startling issues cropped up in a recent CNN column by LZ Granderson. Writing in an outraged style, Granderson tackled how parents allow the culture to sexualize their daughters. The piece, entitled rather prosaically “Parents, don’t dress your daughters like tramps,” began with a word of personal experience (from Granderson):

“I saw someone at the airport the other day who really caught my eye.

Her beautiful, long

Christian Rap Lives

marsillThis is a cross-post from the blog of Vitamin Z, where I am guest-blogging this week.

Here are five great Christian rap songs.  This post comes to you ex nihilo.  I have no reason for writing it, other than my love for these songs.

1. Cross Movement, “Closer to You.”  This one is off the Holy Culture album.  When the album came out six or so years ago, I played this song over and over.  It’s got a gorgeous hook by JR, a hard beat by DJ Official, and strong verses from all contributors.  Many of us grew in the faith and in love for hip-hop because of CM, so it’s fun to reflect back on their work.

2. Mars Ill, “Two Steps.”  Coming from the Blue Collar Sessions ep, which is very hard to find and very good.  Manchild (formerly soulHEIR the Manchild) is a poet, and this beat by Dust fits his pitch-perfect, low-varnish flow elegantly.  Three great stories told in this song, a very different kind than the first.  I heard this song and thought (perhaps delusionally), “I want to do that.”  It was a Tina Fey-kind of moment that led to world tours, mansions, and dinner conversations with Prince.  Sorry, that last bit was

Farmageddon–Horrifying Exposé on How Big Government Controls Food (and everything else)

Two blogs in one day.  Wow.  I couldn’t resist.  Saw this notice about the movie Farmaggedon on my friend Matt Wireman’s Facebook feed.  Looks like a must-watch:

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

As if modern government isn’t big enough, intruding in seemingly every area of our lives.  It also is regulating farming, intimidating farmers, seeking to shut them down.  Consider what’s already been publicized about Monsanto (also see the excellent Food, Inc., which was as the business types say “an absolute game-changer” for me).  I’m not a hippie, or even a bohemian, but this sort of thing rubs me as good old-fashioned wrong.

Local, healthy, natural food is best.  It deserves to flourish.  It’s better for communities.  The government has far overextended its control of food, and what results is homogenized, bureaucratically-driven, unsustainable processes that kill small farms.  This isn’t a super-important cause, but it’s one worth considering–and supporting.

As is the “food revolution,” Jamie Oliver’s cause.  Why do we eat unnatural