A Brief Pause: Reflections on Life

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Justice Begins in Remembering

I live in rural Ohio and 95% of my community is white. Over the last year I have had several conversations with individuals on race and racism. I find that many people have difficulty with the idea of racism because they believe racism must be overt and individual if it exists. What does that mean?… Continue Reading →

20 Years Later

This week marks the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001; such an occurrence would have generated significant emotion on its own but with the United States removing troops from Afghanistan and the ensuing chaos such tensions are even higher. I had a post written about this event when I saw an editorial cartoon posted by… Continue Reading →

The Tools for Judging Reality

One of the questions I am often asked is what is my favorite argument against atheism, I somewhat sarcastically respond “A B.A.!” I recognize this is a snarky answer but it is somewhat clever and it has a few nuances behind it number one I do think that a person well educated in the arts… Continue Reading →

A Healthy Community

“A healthy body is not a body that experiences no pain, a healthy body is a body that feels the pain of its weakest part” Paul Brand I shared this quote over the weekend and it has really made me think. If you are unfamiliar with Dr. Paul Brand, his work focused on Hansen’s Disease… Continue Reading →

The Violence of the Biblical God

I do not often write book reviews on my blog, but occasionally a book strikes me in such a way that I feel compelled to do so, a book like L. Daniel Hawk’s The Violence of the Biblical God Eerdman’s, 2019. Full disclosure I know Dr. Hawk personally and enjoy a cup of coffee with… Continue Reading →

Saints & Idiots

In advanced matters of theology absolute confidence is possible only for two classes of people, saints and idiots. Origen of Alexandria Origen is not widely regarded in Church circles because some of his beliefs were deemed heresy and understandably many people are reluctant to listen too closely to him. I find I become more guarded… Continue Reading →

Into the Future

I was talking about the movie Back to the Future III the other night; and since then I have been thinking about one of the major plot devices of the franchise, the notion that a small change in the past can have a large impact on the future. The movies are built around the idea… Continue Reading →

Christians, Fires, & Rainn

The last few days have been very hazy outside and I am told that is because of the wildfires burning in the West, and I have no reason to doubt that. It is very sad that since the year 2000 we have seen a uptick in acreage lost due to fire, especially when one considers… Continue Reading →

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