Ferguson, Racism, and White Evangelicals Aug22

Ferguson, Racism, an...

I am a product of my culture – born and raised in a predominantly white suburban town, went to a predominantly white evangelical church, attended a predominantly white evangelical Christian college, and served at a predominantly white suburban church for 5 years. I could be a poster...

Behold the Lamb Aug21

Behold the Lamb

Gather ‘round ye children, come Listen to the old, old story Of the pow’r of death undone By an infant born of glory Son of God, Son of Man   The world seems really, really messed up right now. The truth surely is that it’s always been this messed up, but we just have media outlets...

Mark Driscoll and Re...

I don’t normally follow the news of the Evangelical scene in America. But I just happened to be in Seattle, at the Bellevue site morning service of Mars Hill Church (like a tourist), that Sunday when a group of people protested outside the church (3 August). It was only after seeing the...

I’m Coming Home, Too Jul15

I’m Coming Hom...

This past Friday (July 11), the sports world received something far greater than free Slurpees (7/11 day) with the much anticipated announcement from LeBron James. Instead of returning to Miami in an attempt to continue the Heat’s near monopoly on the Eastern Conference, LeBron decided...

The End of Friendship Jul11

The End of Friendshi...

The other day I stumbled across Aristotle’s types of friendship.  Aristotle noted that there are three forms of friendship: utility, pleasure, and virtue.  A friendship based on utility is one in which both parties benefit or gain something from the relationship, like business...

Thoughts before a World Cup Semi-Final Jul08

Thoughts before a Wo...

We are approaching the end — the last week — of the FIFA World Cup. One of the enlightening things for me about this World Cup has been how the USA has responded rather positively — and vocally — about soccer (hereafter referred to as ‘football’). To me, it felt for the first time...

Humor and It’s Puzzle with Politics Jul03

Humor and It’s...

Many of us may be familiar with the presidential impersonations of Steve  Bridges  (George W Bush) and Barack Obama (Reggie Brown), and have probably shared a good laugh at the uncanny likeness with which comedians of today are able to dissect our nation’s chief of state.   Perhaps...

Between Culture and Nature Jun24

Between Culture and ...

This post kind of continues from some of my thoughts I wrote about two weeks ago, on Oslo’s Munch Museum’s current ‘Through Nature’ (Gjennom naturen) exhibition, in which Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream and the Darwinius masillae fossil ‘Ida’ are exhibited next to each...

The Christian and Comedy- Part 2 Jun19

The Christian and Co...

Two weeks ago, in our discussion of humor, we determined that the dictionary resources identify surprise or outrageous “over-the-top” situations as the underlying aspect of what makes something humorous. However, there is another branch of comedy, called observational comedy,...

How Not to Evangeliz...

A few weeks ago my wife and I sat through a 2 hour Timeshare presentation in the hopes of getting a free trip to Hawaii.  We went in determined not to sign up for for anything and to get as much free stuff as possible.  I personally went in skeptical, feeling sensitive to the different...

Wisdom, Complexity, Violence Jun12

Wisdom, Complexity, ...

Adam Weinstein’s article on gun violence, It’s Really Hard to Be a Good Guy with a Gun, is a worth a close read. The quick summary: Weinstein grew up with guns, has served in the military, and has a concealed carry licence. Private citizens, “good guys,” legally arming...