Category Archives: Culture and media

Serving Jesus (and Others) in Troubling Times

I don’t usually just paste things in from other sources here but today’s piece from the C. S. Lewis Institutes warranted an exception.  See below… In 1947, C.S. Lewis received a letter from Don Giovanni Calabria, a priest living in … Continue reading

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2014 Book List – Part Three

The Pastor’s Kid (Barnabas Piper) – I learned of this in an interview with the author, the son of John Piper, on a podcast, Steve Brown, Etc.  While some of what he had to convey was clearly a product of … Continue reading

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2014 Book List – Part Two

Get Real (John Leonard) – I heard an interview with the author on Steve Brown, Etc. and was hooked.  The basic thrust of the book is that as the gospel grabs our hearts it will also flow out of our lives … Continue reading

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2014 Book List – Part One

Once again, I’ve pulled together a list of the books I’ve read over the last twelve months.  That is, books that were not related to sermon preparations and such.  Perhaps if you got some gift cards for Christmas, you might … Continue reading

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Animal Rights Gone Wild

Here’s your quote for the day: If they (the animal-rights movement) established through culture or law that human beings have no intrinsic dignity greater than any animal, the world would not be a better place for either humankind or animal. … Continue reading

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Following Up – More on “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?”

In my post from 12/11/13, “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?,” I made reference to an article in byFaith magazine entitled, “Kids, Porn, and the Heart.”  Here’s a link to that piece – http://byfaithonline.com/kids-porn-and-the-heart/ It’s definitely worth reading and discussing.

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2013 Book List – Part Three

Do We Know Jesus?  Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul (Adolf Schlatter) – This was my main source of devotional reading this past year.  Schlatter (1852-1938) was a German theological professor, writer, pastor, and speaker well known in his … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part Two

Common Prayer:  A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro) – My wife and I have been using this in our devotionals together in the mornings.  Not that we actually do that every morning but, when we … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part One

As has been the case these last few years, I’ve pulled together a list of the books I’ve read over the last twelve months.  That is, books that were not related to sermon preparations and such.  Perhaps if you got … Continue reading

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Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

Dads, imagine a visitor comes to your door, a young man in his 20’s who looks somewhat familiar to you.  Introductions are made.  He is your adult son, somehow come to visit you from the future. He is tired, worn … Continue reading

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What the Heck Does THAT Mean?

It has become a common thing in the wake of tragedy in American society – most recently reflected after the events in Sandy Hook and Boston.  While the news is still unfolding and the affected communities are reeling, life goes … Continue reading

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“The Hobbit” – A Movie Review

Before I go any further in this review, let me say at the start that I went into the theater wanting to like this movie.  To those who have expressed concern about this one book being translated into three films, … Continue reading

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Good Models from Unexpected Places

The CBS TV show Person of Interest is in its second season and continuing to delight its fans.  For those who haven’t gotten hooked yet (and I say “yet” because that can only mean you haven’t seen it), the show … Continue reading

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Puny God

It had to have been my favorite moment from “The Avengers”.  A full scale battle is underway on the streets and in the skies of New York City.  Our heroes are just holding their own but they can’t hold on … Continue reading

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The Things We See (and Why)

“Seeing is believing,” we’re often told.  And when we’re in the realm of empirical data and proofs, that’s not a bad axiom to live by.  But in the deeper things, the more important things, the things that touch the fabric … Continue reading

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – a review (of sorts)

In thinking about the film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I couldn’t help but recall a review I read some years ago of the film Shadowlands.  The author said, “I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I just wish it … Continue reading

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Sticking Fathers’ Heads in the Sand

Let me start with a disclaimer.  The idea of an ostrich sticking it’s head in the sand is actually a myth.  But, sadly, the reality of fathers having their heads stuck in the sand is not.  Now, by that, I … Continue reading

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“More deeply stirring to my blood…”

I sat down and watched The Last of the Mohicans (1992) for the first time last week.  I’d been wanting to see it for two reasons.  First, I read the book (James Fenimore Cooper, published 1826) back in high school and seemed … Continue reading

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