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[HOUSE OF CARDS SPOILER ALERT THROUGH SEASON 3, EPISODE 4] Have you seen House of Cards? It’s not a show for the faint of heart. While some of its portrayal of American politics is fairly outlandish, watching Francis Underwood, the protagonist (antagonist? the devil incarnate?) pursue power at all costs makes the show addictive. He […]

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Two articles caught my eye this weekend. The first was an article on recent comments made by Richard Dawkins about his affinity for some Christian traditions. In response to a question from an audience member that stated he called himself a Christian minister despite his disbelief in the supernatural, Dawkins stated: “I would describe myself […]

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Is There a Future For Protestantism? The future of Protestantism is a hot topic lately in academic circles. Maybe you have been tuned into the panel discussion titled “The Future of Protestantism” facilitated by Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute, sponsored by First Things. The panel included scholars Carl Trueman, Peter Leithart, and Fred […]

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“It is the only happy life to live for the salvation of souls.” – D.L. Moody In continuing my thoughts on the Gospel of Going to Heaven I wanted to give a little background in how I see the development of this mindset. American religious history is marked by revivals. Since the early colonial days […]

Why Public Debates Matter

Tonight, two icons (in their own way) will be facing off in a debate about the origins of the universe. Bill Nye is the Science Guy who will be presenting an argument for the truthfulness of evolutionary claims considered by Ken Ham to be contradictory to the Bible and reality. Ken Ham is a public […]

Os Guinness and the Public Square

Recently, I have been systematically reading through the works of Os Guinness. In particular, his writings on the American founding fathers and the global public square. For those unfamiliar with Guinness, he is a social critic who has written at length on the subject of American culture and politics. Below are a few major themes […]

The Gospel of Going to Heaven 2

One of my favorite genres of music is the Americana folk style. It blends gospel, country, and blues with religious imagery and experiences of American life. Many current artists have taken old hymns and brought them back in this resurging genre. The most famous hymn is the classic “I’ll Fly Away.” The song became popular […]

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Today marks our first day that we delve into a basic rundown of René Girard’s Mimetic Theory. Some of it will sound a little theoretical, but by the end (within the next three or four weeks) I am hoping to show how these parts all tie together and why I think the theory is so […]

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I’m a big fan of a lot of current hip-hop and pop music. Like huge. Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Lorde, you get the picture. Some of it is pretty ridiculous (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” comes to mind). But I have noticed a sort of subversive, anti-materialistic attitude in some of the […]

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Over the next few weeks, I’d like to write a couple of posts that give a basic overview of René Girard’s Mimetic Theory, using Michael Kirwan’s Discovering Girard as a sort of template to guide me in the process. As these posts are meant to be accessible to most people, I will try and simply Kirwan’s and […]

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I assure you, this post will raise more questions than it will answer. One of the most important (and consequently hardest) parts of biblical interpretation is translating biblical commands from one culture to another. There are typically two ends of the spectrum. On one end, there are those who believe scriptural principles and the commands […]

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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?)  – […]

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Christmas songs are always hard for me to listen to outside of the Christmas season. I love Christmas and the songs, but to listen to them in September just seems strange. But recently I heard a Christmas song that said more than just the usual yuletied cheer. The song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, […]

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After posting Post-Homophobic Christianity, I received a very interesting comment.  I’d like to share part of it and get some feedback, as well as provide a short response.  I’d also like to ask a few questions, in hopes of understanding where this kind of thinking comes from.  I look forward to the conversation. Comment: “Nature You said […]

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I was wondering when someone would break the ice on this blog concerning the homosexuality topic. Thank you Esther Moore for finally getting the ball rolling. I would like to contribute to the dialogue by focusing on a certain aspect of the debate. George Wood raised this question in his post, “whether same-sex sexual orientation […]

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I Was Homophobic Sadly, I grew up a homophobic kid.  My environment demanded it.  I am fortunate to have a very patient and forgiving friend, to this day, who I bullied, as a kid, at church, for being gay.  She is an amazing human, and I have not always been. When I first saw that […]

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As a Christian who believes scripture is the final authority and has homosexual friends that I love I feel that I cannot please either side nor prevent from making both upset with me. This is a difficult topic to discuss as I balance between a Christian world I know (and love mostly) that I have […]

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I address this topic with great hesitancy. It’s not easy. I am hesitant because I really hate to highlight one behavior as this sort of “more-than” or “other-than” sin that is not related to the overall broken state of humanity. But I continue because I think there is something here that is really killing us. […]