WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”?

For those who enjoy the endowment of novels, Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is an anticipated and celebrated sequel to her classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. This follow-up has stimulated many readers to revisit Lee’s original masterpiece, which is a good thing. What I personally find with Mockingbird, however, is that, while many are familiar with the book, […]

PEOPLE DON’T BUY WHAT YOU DO, PEOPLE BUY WHY YOU DO IT (EXCEPT WHEN IT INCLUDES ABORTED HUMANS)

Author Simon Sinek once said, “People don’t buy what you do. People buy why you do it.” I like this saying. In fact, I printed it out and posted it to a bulletin board in my church office. I look at it often, and when I do I’m reminded why I do what I do, which is […]

WHAT THE FICTIONAL GANDALF TEACHES US ABOUT THE NON-FICTIONAL WORLD

Below is one of my favorite conversations in literature. I believe Tolkien offers a timeless encouragement through the voice of Gandalf: Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to […]

THE THIRD MAN IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY: WHAT I LEARNED IN AFRICA

A little over three years ago I attended an evangelism conference that ended with a challenge for churches to embrace groups of people the International Mission Board (IMB) considers “unreached and unengaged.” This is the IMB’s way of saying that little to no believers exist within a respective regional group of people, largely because no one is trying […]

A SMILE AND A PIECE OF GRASS

Life, for me, has been busy lately. The kind of busy where every moment that you aren’t actively doing something makes you feel guilty, because it means that something isn’t getting done. This isn’t to complain. I love why I’m busy, but, still, being busy can start to wear on you sometimes. It keeps you from […]

AN UPDATE ON MY BLOGGING FREQUENCY

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might have noticed that my posting frequency has dropped lately. I wanted to take a moment to share with you the reason why. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be accepted into a research-based doctoral program, which means that the focus is more […]

NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO SERVICE: ANALYZING THE ALLEGED HATEFULNESS OF INTOLERANCE

The other day I walked into a local restaurant without a shirt or shoes on, and, can you believe it, they refused to serve me. They said that my lack of clothing was uncouth and inappropriate. Feeling dejected, I decided that I wanted to do something nice for someone in need, so I visited one of […]

LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND

The Lord led me to Luke 5 yesterday, verses one though eleven. A church member had asked me to read it because she thought it contained a verse she had cited in our conversation, but it turned out that it wasn’t the passage she was citing after all. Nonetheless, the Lord spoke to me through […]

“YOU’RE LUCKY. YOUR DAD LOVES YOU.”

When I was a kid, my grandmother happened to live right next to us. She had a large room on the side of her house that she turned into an apartment to rent out. I’ll never forget this man who once lived there with his two young sons. Even though I was young, I knew […]

THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT TRUTH ISIS TEACHES US ABOUT ISLAM

In a recent contribution in The Atlantic, Graeme Wood published a piece entitled, “What ISIS Really Wants.” It’s an enriching read, offering a crystalline examination of ISIS. Personally, it wasn’t until I read this particular piece that I truly understood the difference between ISIS and other Islamic terroristic organizations, like Al-Qaeda or Hamas. Before today I lumped such groups into the […]

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