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 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MORE THOUGHTS ON WATCHING THE JAMES FOLEY BEHEADING VIDEO

Earlier today I wrote a blog entitled, “Should I Watch the James Foley Beheading Video?” It was a question many people were asking, which is evidenced by the dialogue I received via social networks and private messages, as well as the traffic that reached the post from Google searches looking for the actual video. The blog wasn’t written […]

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