“If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?”

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo While talking Theology with my brother Nathan, he asked he this loaded question that a professor of his asked his class: “If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?” Here was my response: “That blue is not blue, heat is not warm, light does not illuminate, and that no one is writing this response—aka, truth ceases to exist, as observed in reality.... Read More

Know Your Identity: You Are Not Defined By What You Do But By Who You Are

Image by Walker4412 I have a confession to make. I got a treadmill for Christmas—last Christmas; I have not used it once. I, like some of you and certainly like most Americans, have made a resolution to lose weight this year. I have resolved to eat better and become more healthy. Why do we make resolutions like this? Why do we make resolutions at all. If you think about it, the act of making a resolution is sort of a confession that you have failed... Read More

The Gospel of Christ, Not the Gospel of Men—Galatians 1:1-2

Image by Matthew Adam Blair The dream of Christian unity was just that, a dream. From the earliest sources, one thing is quite clear: the Church was not united. THE CHURCH, as in the mystical body of Christ, was and is “one” both with itself and with the Trinity—that seems to be without question. But the unity of the physical church was fractured, even in its earliest stages. This fracture spiraled from one central issue: was Christianity another... Read More

Why Les Miserables Gives Us Hope: How Grace Triumphs Over Law

Artwork from Les Miserables 2012 Miserable is certainly not the term to be applied to the film Les Miserables. Translated as the miserable, the wretched, the poor ones, or the victims—Les Miserables has been a force of narrative brilliance since its writing in 1862. This film adaptation to the broadway musical is masterful, to say the least. Sobs of sadness and joy could be heart throughout the movie theater, as was the case all over theaters worldwide... Read More

Humanity’s New Best Friend: Television and the Loneliness of Suburban America

Image by Massimo Maggioni What within humanity is utterly inseparable from the human and the being? What is so basic, raw, and impossible to be without? While there may be many examples of “innate human characteristics”, one dominate element is sociability. The human condition is innately social. And while there are cases of people who pursue minimal human contact, some species of introversion no doubt, those devoid of all social interaction verge... Read More

How My Father Invented the Heavenly Father: The Dangerous (and Potentially Beautiful) Power Fathers Have Over Their Children

Image by Garry Cook Humans are creatures in relationship. Familiar images abound: the caressing mother caring for her young child, the strong father instructing his children on how to live rightly, the loving wife supporting her husband, the faithful and sacrificial husband, a brother, sister, son, daughter. On and on, hundreds of relationships exist in the human condition. In fact, our society is built around these relationships. They are the native... Read More

Is Seminary Really a Cemetery? Theology as “Jezebelic” Religious Witchcraft

Image by Gail Dowle Billows of flame and fury pour forth from the bowels of the Abyss where the anti-Christ resides. His hellish imps encircle him, swarming like bats disturbed from their dark cave. To each demonic messenger, the devil whispers errors and aberrant theologies. But the most deadly of these messages is reserved for the Christian. Demonic witchcraft fills Christian libraries, seminaries, and Berean bookstores the world over. Books entitled... Read More

You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful: The Pop Song Jesus Is Singing To You Personally

One Direction—What Makes You Beautiful You don’t know you’re beautiful. Shyly masking your appearance behind makeup, you live your life within cloud of insecurity. Am I pretty enough? Am I attractive and could anyone possibly love me? My body, my face, and my fashion holds no candle to the supermodels and their sexy figures splashed across every magazine cover. A resounding “no” echoes within her mind. And thus, she attempts to mask herself... Read More

The Hunted Sex: Why Men Are The Prey In An Eroticized Culture

Image by Dan Rybicky A deep panting was breathed in the dank darkness, matched with the heavy breathing of a dozen more shadowy figures. A low snarl echoed off the cave walls as the bared teeth and mane of a fierce lion emerged into the light. While believing that he was safe in the center of the room where the only light penetrated from some unseen source in the ceiling, the danger became palpable. The teeth of this beast glistened from the coating... Read More

Why Love and Fulfillment is Not Found in Relationships: The Black Keys’ Everlasting Light

“Your glory outshines all—everything. All things. I am eclipsed by the greatness of your throne and who you are. My weak words do not paint the picture that should be brushed. Never-ending. An eternally bright light. A thousand blasts of Supernova light pale in comparison to your greatness and majesty.” Such are the words I penned when first hearing The Black Keys’ popular ballad “Everlasting Light.” My words were not a reaction to this... Read More

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