Earth to Mars Mercantile: What Does Halloween Have to Do with Rape?

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

Walking down Telegraph Avenue on my way to class recently, I was brought to an involuntary halt in front of Mars Mercantile, the vintage clothing shop on the corner of Channing. My stomach turned as I beheld the diorama in the store’s window. In what can only be described as a pornographic montage, life-sized female mannequins are depicted in various stages of torture, dismemberment, and sexually-charged violence: Continue reading “Earth to Mars Mercantile: What Does Halloween Have to Do with Rape?”

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Holding Nonprofit CEOs Accountable for Greedy Salaries

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently released its most recent survey of executive compensation at nonprofits. Last year, while unemployment was rising, giving was down, and many nonprofits were forced to conduct layoffs, salaries of nonprofit CEOs rose by 7 percent. Although nonprofit boards set compensation levels prospectively, it is nonetheless troubling that many of these executives chose to sacrifice staff and program goals while not voluntarily taking pay cuts themselves. Continue reading “Holding Nonprofit CEOs Accountable for Greedy Salaries”

Altar to a False Image

BY JOHN MONTAGUE Dr. Karen Hye-cheon Kim wants her patients to know two things, “God cares about your health and we cannot be healthy by our own strength.” Kim, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, studies the relationship between religious beliefs and physical health, specifically obesity. She has also written articles about how faith can affect body image and mental … Continue reading Altar to a False Image

Technology & Multitasking: Towards a Thoughtful Christian Consumption

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

A few months ago, I wrote a post about multitasking in which I discussed many of the problems with the usage of technology that facilitates our propensity to do too many things at once. This post sparked some disagreement. I turn now to the question of how Christians should engage technology, particularly as these interactions tempt us to multitask. Continue reading “Technology & Multitasking: Towards a Thoughtful Christian Consumption”

Sinning through Questioning? The Ministry of Mark Driscoll

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

The New York Times Magazine published an article last weekend about Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll and his increasingly popular megachurch, Mars Hill. While various aspects of Mr. Driscoll’s theology and his seemingly uncritical embrace of American popular culture are disturbing, nothing is more troubling than his intolerance for dissent, an attitude that seems to border on despotism and is, frankly, unchristian. Continue reading “Sinning through Questioning? The Ministry of Mark Driscoll”

On the Invisible Dangers of Television

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

As I like to do on Sunday afternoons, I took a hike today in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. I reached the highest point in the park at about 4 p.m. and was enjoying the beautiful 360-degree vistas of the Bay Area bathed in the late afternoon sun when my serenity was interrupted by a group of five or six adults boisterously impersonating characters from Family Guy. As they took a break at the peak, their conversation consisted entirely of chatter about the latest episodes of various television shows.

I could not help but be reminded of a scene from George Orwell’s 1984. Continue reading “On the Invisible Dangers of Television”

Courtship, Pornography, and True Worship

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

A friend of mine just sent me a link to a post from conservative theologian and pastor Douglas Wilson’s blog. In it, Mr. Wilson offers Christian fathers a list of twenty-one questions with which to interrogate their daughters’ prospective suitors. Questions of antiquation aside, I find Mr. Wilson’s suggestion irresponsible and the theology that underlies it troubling. Continue reading “Courtship, Pornography, and True Worship”

Show Me Your Faith without Works

BY JOHN MONTAGUE I had walked past them on my way into the church, and, as I left, I heard them before I saw them: two homeless men were heckling churchgoers as they uncomfortably brushed past, averting their eyes as if hoping the men might believe that they hadn’t heard their taunts. “There you go again, you Christians. You say you follow Jesus, but you … Continue reading Show Me Your Faith without Works

Loving Our Neighbors Today

BY JOHN MONTAGUE The second-greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves. In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk. 10:25–37), Jesus tells us two important things about this task. First, we need to redefine who our neighbors are. Our neighbors include those outside our ordinary social circles, people around whom we may even feel uncomfortable. Second, the time to love our neighbors is … Continue reading Loving Our Neighbors Today

Technology, the Internet, and Multitasking: The Problem

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

The ubiquitous use of the Internet in law school classrooms has become something of a byword. If you want to know when a law student is in class, check and see what time she last updated her Facebook profile or notice when he is most often on Gmail chat. Yep, that would be when they have class. Continue reading “Technology, the Internet, and Multitasking: The Problem”