A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH JESUS? A PREVIEW OF NBC’S “A.D.”

Two years ago the History Channel aired The Bible, a drama over some of the major events detailed in Scripture. I took the time to watch and blog on each of the series’ episodes, and my brief summary of the series is that, while I can appreciate its attempt to dramatize Scripture, it was theological inept, […]

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 […]

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOVE A HOMOSEXUAL BUT HATE HOMOSEXUALITY?

A few days ago I published an article in the Odessa American entitled, “What Does Homosexuality Have To Do With Abortion?” It was an article that I had originally published on this blog, but its publication in the newspaper allowed it to receive a wider readership. And since it received a wider readership, more people […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 us into a wreath-colored green. “How dare they remove ‘Christ’ from ‘Christmas!’” we cry. Just like the Hulk, we promise […]

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