Culture

Beware the slippery slope

In the realm of discourse and ethics, one can often encounter the idea of a slippery slope. This is the danger that an ethical principle, once accepted, can lead to ramifications of ethical actions that one might be unprepared for or even repelled by. For instance, in the ethical discussion of the value of a …

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Preach the Gospel at all times; use words if necessary…or not!?

Duane Litfin has an interesting response to the well-known quote erroneously attributed to St. Francis. While I think that Litfin sets up a false analogy equating verbal and non-verbal communication with word vs. deed, I think his emphasis on the explicit and verbal proclamation of the Gospel is an important one. It’s not enough just …

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Submission in marriage

Over the years, my wife and I have had the blessing and joy of walking alongside a number of engaged couples as they prepare for marriage. One of the recurring discussions has been around the topic of submission. It seems that in our day and age, there is increasing confusion and suspicion surround this all-too-clear …

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Fired up by an ignorant comment

So I read this¬†blogpost by a reformed African-American pastor, Thabiti Anyabwile, responding to a question as to why African-American pastors didn’t show up for a conference called Together For The Gospel. I thought it was a fair response, but one follow-up comment got me fired up. The comment was posed by a white reformed pastor …

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My Letter to Ricky Gervais

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reposted (Dec 2010) British comedian/writer, Ricky Gervais’, letter on why he is an atheist. I wanted to write a line by line response to some of Gervais’ objections and points, but I thought a letter would be more appropriate. It’s not comprehensive, but it’s how I would respond to such …

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Poignant slideshow on how our smartphones are making us dumber.

The Trend of Customization

DC Comics released a new logo today that reinforces the growing trend of personalization and customization. The logo can be tailored to suit each individual character. In an age where technology and the Internet increases the likelihood of depersonalization, I find that the pushback towards self-expression and ¬†customization declares our need to be human, to …

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Putting Life in Perspective

I’ve tried to avoid all the Tebow hoopla, but Rick Reilly’s ESPN article on Tebow can’t be ignored. Here’s the quote that stands out to me: Here you are, about to play a game that the world says is the most important thing in the world. Win and they praise you. Lose and they crush …

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