I made myself watch the beheading video of James Foley. Not out of morbid curiosity or some sick desire for a Faces of Death show. No, I watched it because I need my faith to work in reality in all its glory and horror. Initially, when I wanted to write about the video, I was […]


I watched two pretty great things this weekend. One was the finale of Breaking Bad. The other was the Lego movie. I’ll let you guess which one of these I watched with my four and six year old children. You get three guesses and the first two don’t count. You see, even though some of […]

Textual Criticism and Why I Throw Stones At Adulteresses

As it says in the Holy Scriptures, “People in glass houses should not throw stones…” No, wait. That’s not right…. Maybe it is, “God helps those who help themselves.” Nope, that isn’t there either. As amazing as it is to see a scholar of his merit make such a  blunder, even 50 Cent is mistaken […]


What is hermeneutics? Herme-Newt-ics? Depends who you ask. But generally, it involves interpreting written communication. I’m not seeking to get philosophical or to provide a history of hermeneutics. Rather, I simply want to talk briefly about how I – as someone who does not hold to the doctrine of inerrancy (is errantist a word?)  – […]


Theological Never-nude Expect people to be late on Monday May 27th this year. It isn’t that the 26th is a religious holiday per se, but it might as well be. The faithful have been fervently waiting a decade for this return. No, Harold Camping isn’t predicting the rapture again. Instead, this is something I’m actually […]


Blogging is a tough thing for me because I’m pretty stuck on myself. When I’m asked a question, it is rare that I take the time to consider if I actually have anything worth saying before my mouth starts running. If you have any doubts about this, just ask my wife. But I’m working on […]


Whenever I want to sound fancy and old, I put on my monocle and start using “ye” in all of my sentences. Because Ye is the old timey way of saying “the” right? Well, not exactly. The y in Ye is actually a substitute for the Old English letter thorn þ, which makes the “th” […]


So YouTube user Nathan83 has already done a phenomenal job at answering the question about how we find unicorns in the Bible, but what about dragons? Well, that is a little more complicated, but it also has bearing on something Christians are talking a lot about nowadays: creation stories. See, we are all familiar with […]


If I were writing this blog 15 years ago when I was first introduced to jiu-jitsu, no one would know what a leg lock was. For that matter, no one would know what a blog was. But now little old ladies talk about the UFC over their morning coffee, and a quick YouTube search will […]


In a March 15, 2012 article on FoxNews, the Associated Press reported on a particularly disturbing story about a young Moroccan girl who was forced to marry her rapist, and commits suicide as a result.[1] The article states that, “In many parts of the Middle East, there is a tradition whereby a rapist can escape […]