World Vision: In With The Outrage

Sigh. Here we go again. Barely three months after the Duck Dynasty uproar, evangelical Christians have sparked a new round of homosexual outrage – except this time, we’re mostly fighting each other, with knee-jerk reactions to partial truths cascading shamefully across the Internet. I’ve been watching things unfold, reading as many statements from as many viewpoints as possible, and I believe the complete story discredits some of the outrage on both sides. This is my attempt to explain things as … Continue reading

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When Science Isn’t As Convincing Or As Open-Minded As It Appears

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I could probably write more than anyone would want to read about the debate earlier this month between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, but I want to focus on some potentially dangerous misconceptions Nye may have given people about science. First, I will claim that some of Nye’s claims were not as convincing as they appeared. Second, I will claim that Nye might not be as open-minded as he appeared, either. Not As Convincing Nye pointed to a tree that … Continue reading

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Why We Stopped Watching The Superbowl

I used to love the NFL. I could list all the teams and their starting players in key positions. I could explain most of the rules and penalties. I would wear my secondhand jerseys on game days and devour the Sunday noon, Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening, and Monday night games. I made custom spreadsheets for my fantasy football teams. I could rattle off statistics about the undefeated ’72 Dolphins or the current league leaders in rushing yards or passing touchdowns. … Continue reading

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3 Questions For Christians Outraged About The Whole Duck Dynasty Thing

My heart yearns to increase balance, unity, and understanding within the body of Christ, so I’ve been less interested in the Phil Robertson / GQ ‘controversy’ itself and more interested in the reactions of people to the controversy. I’ve been reading the various posts and opinions that have been pouring through my social media feeds, and I think I’ve finally boiled my response down to three questions. 1. Why do we care more about Phil Robertson’s persecution than the shootings … Continue reading

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Why Doesn’t God Heal Amputees?

Recently over the Internet I have expressed in a couple of places my belief in God answering prayers and both times I was asked why God never heals amputees. This is my attempt to provide a thoughtful response to this Question, though I do not claim to have a definitive answer. The Question The Question arises from three apparent observations. The first observation is that there are thousands, if not millions, of claims throughout history, across the Internet, and among … Continue reading

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God of the Growing Gaps

When science can’t explain something, some people attribute it to the work of God, and later sometimes science figures out how to explain it. This “God of the gaps” has been discussed all over the Internet, including in this interesting talk between atheist libertarian Penn Jillette and Mormon pseudo-libertarian Glenn Beck (at about 22:40): “Atheists often refer to the ‘God of the margins’, which is, as time goes on, we put less and less on God, and more and more on … Continue reading

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How much stuff should we give to the poor?

In Luke 18 Jesus tells a rich man who has done a good job following the commandments that there’s something else he needs to do “to inherit eternal life”: “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom … Continue reading

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Christ is proclaimed, and in this I rejoice.

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Last week a video started popping up in my Facebook news feed. It was excitedly shared by multiple friends who didn’t know each other, and before I even watched it I could tell it was striking a chord with a lot of people, causing it to go viral. “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word” exploded to 2.5 million views in just a day or so, then to 6 million after about another day, and at this … Continue reading

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Review of Hidden Harmonies

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I’ve started perusing the New Items shelves at the public library when we make our weekly visits, and a few weeks ago this nerdy book caught my eye - Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem by Robert & Ellen Kaplan. I remembered watching a silly video in high school geometry class about the Pythagorean theorem (you know, the old a2 + b2 = c2), and the epiphany of learning that this equation meant you could draw squares … Continue reading

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Consume Less, Create More.

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I like to think that almost everything we do is either an act of creation or an act of consumption. When I sit at the dinner table and eat food, or sit on the couch and watch a movie, or listen to an album, or read a book or posts by my favorite bloggers, or scroll through an endless stream of Facebook posts, I’m consuming. When I cook a meal, or write a blog post about a movie or a review about … Continue reading

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