GOD, DON’T BLESS AMERICA: PARSING THE 2015 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Last night President Obama gave his annual State of the Union Address. The occasion undoubtedly aroused political gurus and, well, everyone on social media to parse the speech whilst sharing their thoughts. There is always a torrent of talking points, but there is one line that is included in every State of the Union Speech that I think deserves more attention […]

MY FAVORITE BOOKS: #4

Last week I started a new blog series on my five ‘most favorite’ books. (I know it’s grammatically incorrect to say “most favorite,” but it’s my blog, so I can break the rules if I want to!) Today I’m continuing this series with my #4, which is Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs.  I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that, […]

MY FAVORITE BOOKS: #5

Reading, I believe, is a paramount discipline to anyone who strives to be better. The thought that any person would take the time to sit, collect, write, and edit his thoughts for others to read is a noteworthy endeavor, and there is great value to the one who decides to take advantage it. I’ve had the privilege, via […]

AN UPDATE ON MY FAMILY’S ADOPTION

It was exactly one year ago today that I posted what ended up being one of my more read blogs in 2014, “Adoption on Trial: The Top Three Questions I Get About International Adoption.” The responses I received from this were incredibly encouraging. Alongside the questions I answered in that blog, I have found that […]

TOP POSTS OF 2014

Because of the readers of this site, this year has been a record year for JaredWellman.com. I am humbled so many of you visit this site, share my articles, and subscribe to the blog. Thank you again to all who have read, shared, and commented on the posts in 2014. I can’t wait to see what 2015 […]

SANTA IS A BETTER ROLE MODEL THAN IRONMAN

It’s not an unusual thing for people to ask deep, philosophical questions. Questions like, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” and “What is the meaning of life?” and “In the song Yankee Doodle Dandy, is he calling the horse or the feather ‘macaroni?’” are perhaps some of the most profound questions ever pondered in humanity’s history. At Christmas […]

JESUS AND THE LATEST MILEY CYRUS RUMOR! A WORD ABOUT SOME OF THE ADS ON MY WEBSITE

Today I received an email from a reader named Matt, which read: I was reading your post on Christmas lights (awesome, BTW!) and was faced with advertising at the end of it for things like “21 Disney girls all grown up” and “20 celebrities you didn’t know we’re gay”.  I think it said they were from […]

WHAT DO CHRISTMAS LIGHTS HAVE TO DO WITH THE GOSPEL?

Nothing, really. But at the same time, everything. Hanging Christmas lights is an activity I’ve participated in for many years now, and one that, I’ve come to learn, can serve as a luminous illustration of the gospel. (Pun intended) First, it’s obvious. You can’t hang Christmas lights in the dark. It’s not something that can be done […]

WHY I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH BUSINESSES USING THE WORD “HOLIDAY” INSTEAD OF “CHRISTMAS”

It happens every year. Before the leaves can change from green to orange–and before those leaves descend to the ground–businesses start promoting their Christmas ads. Or as many businesses call them, their “holiday” ads. And this undoubtedly Hulk-rages every Christian on the planet into a wreath-colored green. “How dare they remove ‘Christ’ from ‘Christmas!’” we cry. Just […]

THE MESSAGE OF THANKSGIVING, IN 250 WORDS OR LESS

The local newspaper for the city in which I currently live asked me to answer the following question in 250 words or less: “What is your message of thanksgiving this season? What are you thankful for and why?”  In light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to share my response: My message of thanksgiving this […]

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