A Brief Pause: Reflections on Life

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What’s in a Name?

Today, after much controversy the Cleveland Indians baseball franchise is officially changing their name to the Cleveland Guardians. I have been a fan of this team since the late ’80’s and ridden the highs and lows that come with cheering on any Cleveland franchise. While I will admit I am more excited than sad about… Continue Reading →

We Need the Spirit

Recently I had a brief interaction with an individual because a mutual friend was celebrating his opportunity to study and posted a picture of a large stack of books. This friend is a pastor and the woman commented that what the Church needs is the Holy Spirit, implying that my friend was wasting his time… Continue Reading →

Politics Destroying Our Witness

This past week I saw a video clip from John Hagee’s Cornerstone church which showed people on stage exhorting individual’s to chant “Let’s go Brandon.” [(So no one can accuse me of left-wing bias) here is the Christian Post article which also discusses the meaning behind the phrase for those who do not know.] Admittedly… Continue Reading →

Hearing the Needs of Others

In preparing for my upcoming lecture on the Story of Christianity I ran across a line that stopped me cold. What we often study in isolated detail as so many examples of literary, legal, and iconographic borrowings from the secular world, if taken altogether add up in themselves to a clue to the success of… Continue Reading →

The Real Enemy

I recently decided to give the podcast Supernatural with Ashley Flowers a chance and this week I listened to the episode HAUNTED: The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund. I think I have said it here before I have a somewhat uneasy relationship with the reality of demons and how they interact with our world. Intellectually I… Continue Reading →

An Instinct to Fail

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28 One argument I often bristle at in a conversation comes when… Continue Reading →

Columbus Day

I recently saw an article which I did not have time in the moment to read and have not found since, but the head line was to the effect “Columbus is a Part of Our Heritage”. I have since been thinking about Christopher Columbus and our celebration of the “discovery of America”. I do think… Continue Reading →

What Are We Saying?

Cringe worthy church signs are all too familiar, the person behind this sign probably did not even give it a second look because obviously “Jesus cares”. (If you are looking for good church signs try here.) This sign represents a real problem in Christian circles– sometimes we simply do not know how to communicate. There… Continue Reading →


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