Human Nature

A Father's Day to Die For

Greetings from Maryland! We landed here on the evening of June 16th just in time to visit our new church home and celebrate Father’s Day yesterday. It was my fourth father’s day and first in Maryland. Due to the extreme circumstances of an interstate move, we didn’t have much time to think about, let alone …

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TED Talks

If you haven’t watched any of the TED talks, you’ve been missing out. TED stands for Technology, Education, and Design. It’s an annual gathering of world-changers, innovators, scientists, and entertainers. Each talk goes for 18-20 minutes, and you can find a wide range of topics on everything from magic to the Internet to psychology to …

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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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MLK's Drum Major Instinct

In my morning devotions today, I decided to read a sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King’s along with my Daily Office reading. (A few months ago, I bought a collection of Rev. King’s sermons and writings to read periodically.) I stumbled upon a sermon called, “The Drum Major Instinct”. It’s one of his more well-known …

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What do you think about near-death/out-of-body experiences?

I’m sure you’ve heard of them before. Someone who is pronounced dead, but comes back to life minutes later usually reporting seeing some sort of bright light. Often, these experiences are interpreted as contact with the divine or a short visit to heaven. CNN reported on one such account by an 18-year old boy named …

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A Christmas Day Parable (thanks to Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer)

For the first time in his life, my son, Calvin, watched “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” yesterday. It had been a while since even I had seen the whole thing, and the conversation that ensued was definitely worth the price of the show (which was free thanks to YouTube).

Tones of the Myth

One of the aims of this blog is to observe and note ‘echoes’ (occurrences, examples, etc.) of the Gospel in our culture, our nature, and our world. I believe the core elements of the Gospel to be so fundamental to our existence that these echoes are all around us – creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. …

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