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Divorce

September 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm
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Piers Anthony writes wildly famous fantasy books, and he came from a broken home. In the author’s notes from his book Fractal Mode, he writes: “One thing you who had secure or happy childhoods should understand about those of us who did not, we who control our feelings, who avoid […]

“One upon a time…”

September 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm
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In his book Wild at Heart John Eldridge writes, “The history of man’s relationship with God is the story of how God calls him out, takes him on a journey and gives him his new name.” Like Abram, Sarai, Jacob, Gideon, Moses, Peter, and Paul God is helping his people […]

9/11, again

September 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm
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In 2005 Stephen Spielberg directed a film entitled Munich that retold the story of the terrorist attacks on Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympic games. The film follows the lives of 5 Israeli militants as they seek to avenge the murder of their countrymen by killing each of the perpetrators […]

Open Letter to Lance Armstrong

August 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm
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Dear Lance Armstrong- I am sorry that we encouraged you to pursue an entirely fraudulent definition of success. Every time you mounted your bike we cheered. When you crossed the finish line first, we took your picture, threw money at you, and glued your face to billboards while your name […]

RAPE

August 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm
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Earlier this week the entire world was reacting to the foolish words of Todd Akin (see quote here, http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/world-affairs/2012/08/todd-akin-legitimate-rape-quote-day). In public statements about abortion after rape, he decided to defend his personal views by talking about “legitimate rape.” Facebook blew up. News outlets pounced and women from as far away […]

Why We Love “Teen Mom”

August 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm
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Recently Pepper Schwartz, a sociologist at the University of Washington, wrote an op-ed on Americans’ fascination with the love-life, and recent wedding, of Jennifer Anniston. Regardless of whether or not you care for Jennifer Anniston, the principles of the article can apply equally to our obsession with Beyonce, Adele, Lebron […]

Fake ID

August 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm
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Just a few months into my career as a pastor I found myself burying a friend who had committed suicide. He left behind a wife and children and a community who felt guilty for not recognizing the signs of his deep depression. Perhaps most shocking of all about the incident […]

Batman & Chicken

August 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm
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Chick-Fil-A set sales records yesterday. They won’t release exact figures, but over 620,000 facebook users told the world they were eating fried chicken yesterday in order to demonstrate support for Dan Cathy’s personal views on same-sex marriage. I don’t care to write about this topic today specifically, there has already […]

First Thursday

July 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Christian pastor and theologian who became a spy during WWII in order to take part in an elaborate plot to kill Hitler. The plot failed, Dietrich was caught, and spent his final days in a concentration camp before being hung on a cold morning just days […]