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My Enemy, My Brother

May 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm

“Right away he changed into a human, not an enemy, not a killer…an angel coming to me and coming with me in the bunker.” – Najah Aboud, My Enemy, My Brother Ann Shin has begun to work on a new documentary that traces the story of two sworn enemies who save […]

Our Unreliable Memory

May 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Earlier this week reports of another police shooting in Baltimore broke through the news. A handful of reporters, along with bystanders in the street, gave convincing testimony that a fleeing black man was shot at close range in the back by a pursuing policeman. The only problem was that the […]


May 3, 2015 at 2:58 am

Last night I spent a sleepless night in a mediocre motel. The parking lot outside was full of fishing boats and the rooms were equally packed with their owners. My meals throughout the day consisted of trail-bars and energy drinks as I slogged my way through fours hours of midday traffic in […]

Captain of a Sinking Ship

April 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm

On May 7, 1915 a German U-boat fired a lone torpedo off the coast of Ireland. Within seconds it struck the hull of a British passenger liner called the Lusitania. Just eighteen minutes later over 45,000 tons of metal, wood, coal and humanity sank into the North Atlantic. Of the […]

Is dinner with my friends church?

April 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm

 “Without going into all the backstory, I’ll just tell you that I feel like God is moving me to be in a different kind of church. Specifically, one that has more of a home-church kind of vibe. So, is it OK for me to have church at my home? I […]

Not Guilty

April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm

  In the summer of July, 2012 I packed into a minivan with two friends who were willing to endure over six hours of cinematic madness with me. It was the opening night of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the finale to Christopher Nolan’s wildly successful trilogy centering on the iconic […]

Recipe for Renewed Christianity

April 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm

          Ross Douthat is the youngest op-ed writer ever hired by the New York Times. More impressive than his age is the fact that he is also a Christian. As a Harvard graduate with a brilliant mind, Douthat is able to synthesize and critique some of the […]

A Glorious Dark: Review

April 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm

 “Maybe it’s not stories that we love; maybe it’s the storytellers themselves we love.” A.J. Swoboda  With Holy Week upon us it is fitting to offer a review of a book that is sure to become an annual offering for those searching for a companion to journey with them through […]

Lost in Trans-Language

March 26, 2015 at 7:42 pm

I recently had a colleague of mine send me a link to the video featured below. It’s a brief little film he was required to watch prior to teaching a class at Columbia College in New York through which he was introduced to the subject of “gender neutral pronouns.” The video […]

Judas: A Response to Craig Gross

March 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm

          Craig Gross, founder and pastor of xxxchurch.com, recently posted an article in CNN questioning the eternal fate of Judas Iscariot. For those unfamiliar with the historical details, Judas was one of the twelve disciples chosen by Jesus. He was the treasurer of the bunch and […]