dear children, keep yourselves from idols

John ends his first letter abruptly. Almost as an afterthought, he adds a post script warning his readers about idols. The NIV encourages us to read this verse out of place by strangely choosing to isolate the last verse of the letter in its own very short paragraph. It gives the verse the appearance of … Continue reading dear children, keep yourselves from idols

what ready player one gets wrong

(This post will contain a few spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet.) Despite what you might conclude from the title of this post, I really enjoyed both the movie and the book.  After seeing the movie, I commented on Facebook that it was better than The Last Jedi and Black Panther - two … Continue reading what ready player one gets wrong

can a christian in america suffer persecution?

I had an exchange with a friend on Twitter recently where he referenced the "Christian persecution complex." Filling in some gaps, I believe what he was actually referencing could be called the "American evangelical persecution complex" (understanding "evangelical" at least in this one context to refer to conservative Catholics as well). Basically the argument is … Continue reading can a christian in america suffer persecution?

what to do about nashville

In October 1978, about 200 scholars and pastors gathered in Chicago to articulate what would become known as the Chicago Statements on Biblical Inerrancy and Hermeneutics. The CSBI was made in response to growing liberalism in regards to the nature and interpretation of scripture within what we might loosely call evangelicalism. The statement had and … Continue reading what to do about nashville

too much information

The other day my son came walking upstairs where I was working, and I could tell he was agitated. He was sighing and pacing back and forth. Normally (especially this year) I would assume that something bad had happened during the Cubs game, but I knew they didn't play until that night. "What's up, buddy?" … Continue reading too much information

chapter 3: aphrodite reports

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Is there anything in existence that so captivates and intoxicates the imagination and the passions as love and war? War, the taker of life and love, the giver - both in their way requiring sacrifice and the obliteration of self. And in this we see the greatest difference between one generation … Continue reading chapter 3: aphrodite reports

putting technology in its place (and why you need to go camping)

One of my favorite moments of the summer happened just last week. Some of my favorite memories growing up involved summer vacations spent all over the country sleeping in an old (air-conditionless) pop-up camper. My parents indoctrinated us with the belief very young that this is how "real families" vacationed. We weren't soft, hotel-people who … Continue reading putting technology in its place (and why you need to go camping)