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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A QUICK BLURB ON VACCINATIONS

Vaccinations are a hot topic right now, namely because of the measles outbreak in Disneyland. One interesting trend I’ve seen is that vaccinations should be legally mandated, meaning that it is against the law to not be vaccinated. But isn’t this logically inconsistent with the major mantra of our day? Think about it. It’s safe […]

WHAT DOES HOMOSEXUALITY HAVE TO DO WITH ABORTION?

What does homosexuality have to do with abortion, besides the fact that they are two of the most vitriolic sins of our day? To answer this, we need to consider God’s very first command to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Gen 1:28). Peter Enns calls this the “creation mandate,” and […]

CAN GOD STILL BLESS AMERICA?

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 […]

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 perhaps the most abstract of all: “In the song Yankee Doodle Dandy, is he calling the horse or the feather ‘macaroni?’” are perhaps some of the most profound questions […]

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 […]

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