Amongst other things, the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve are for spending time with family watching TV shows you don’t care about. While channel surfing with my in-laws last night, we struck gold. We happened upon a show called Extreme Cheapskates. It’s unbelievable. Basically, the show features people...
While I advocate defending the faith, which will sometimes mean arguing for God and his truth, we have to be very careful about the way we interact with people. Much of what passes for apologetics or evangelism actually shames the faith it claims to defend. There is a difference between...
United States citizenship is a hot issue. Many people in the world would love to become US citizens. And many people inside of the US are trying very hard to keep them from becoming US citizens. Now, like almost every other American, I admit that I did nothing to earn...
This week’s class was amazing! As I’ve told my students throughout this course, I want us to blend rigorous study with personal stories; the word of God and the flesh of people. Homosexuality is not just an issue to be studied, but a people to love. This is why I...
I annoy my family every time we eat fresh strawberries or a ripe watermelon. “Are you kidding me?!! Did you taste these? How is this even possible?!!” Yes, they’ve tasted the strawberries; yes, they’re delicious; let’s talk about something more interesting. But let me annoy you with this for...
This morning I dropped my firstborn off for her first day of school. Maybe that doesn't sound impressive. But listen: this precious little girl, whom I have been holding since she was 7 pounds 9 ounces 19 and ¾ inches, whose food I have shoveled and airplaned into her...
Recently the Harry Potter series came to a dramatic conclusion with the final confrontation between Harry and his super evil antagonist Voldemort coming to a head.  In light of this I recently read an interesting article in Psychology Today about "the Voldemort in all of us." The basic premise was...
In the last few posts, I’ve tried to show that the Bible highly values ethnic diversity in the church. Ethnic inclusivity is Spirit wrought (Acts 2) and blood bought (Eph 2); it’s not just icing on the cake. But several questions can be raised and I’ve heard many good ones...
How many friends do you have? When you hear a question like that, what comes to your mind? Do you start thinking through the number of people you hang out with on a regular basis? Do you think back to high school or college? Or do you open up your...
"Where did you go?" "To look ahead," said Gandalf. "And what brought you back…?" The wizard responded: "Looking behind." ~The Hobbit   It was only for a moment, but for me its memory will last. Having just finished grading some exams, I was bored. In search for a cure, I decided to check out the...
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