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ISIS: An Audacious Prayer for Our Enemies

This may not be a well-liked post.   In 2001 I was a gangly college student working at a coffee shop in Dearborn, MI – the city I was born and raised in, the city of my youth. What you may not know is that, at the time, Dearborn was home to the largest Middle-Eastern … Continue reading

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Robin Williams: Pulling Back the Curtain of Isolation

Yesterday I watched as my newsfeed erupted with posts regarding the grievous death of Robin Williams. The enormous number of people sharing their heartbreak online I think shows just what a tremendous impact this man had on so many lives.   As media continued to cover this tragedy throughout the day, more and more headlines emerged: … Continue reading

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Bibliotheca: $1 Mil Raised and Why I Think It Matters

“People love stories. People still love to get lost in a good story.”   Those are the opening words to a brilliantly made video for a brilliantly conceived project called “Bibliotheca.”   The endeavor, dreamt up by my friend and fellow Judson University alum Adam Greene, has literally taken the interwebs by figurative storm – … Continue reading

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How We Lost The World Cup And Why It Matters

The other guys scored more points.                     #TimHowardForPresident      

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Who’s in charge? 6 Saucy Ideas for Today’s Leader to Consider (Or Not)

So you’re in charge.  Whether you consider yourself a “leader” or not, there are a few truths I’ve found to be true of exceptional men and women of influence – compiled here in saucy, bite-sized pieces for your consumption:   1. My eyes are up here.   We know you’re busy running the universe, but … Continue reading

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Kingdom of God: Disembodied Evacuation, Hippie Propaganda, or Sci-Fi Saga?

Why did Jesus come into the world?   It’s a pretty simple question – but the answers are innumerable: To reveal God to us To seek and save the lost To provide an example for how to live To defeat sin and death While I think these are solid answers – I would assert that … Continue reading

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Getting Worship Wrong

The lights fade. The crowd quiets. The well-timed fog rolls in. Cue lasers. Ready the doves. “Good morning church. Let’s begin with some worship!” Sans the fog and lasers – this is a scenario a lot of us are not unfamiliar with. My question is – should that concern us? In ancient cultures social life … Continue reading

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Donald Sterling, Racism, and a Gospel Response

In light of the recent Donald Sterling scandal, there seems to be a lot volatile discussion in the media regarding the issue of race and discrimination. Not surprisingly – the Christian voice is certainly among the chorus of responses I’ve seen – and I think that’s a good thing. But, as is the case with … Continue reading

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The Church: Holy, Hip, or Harlot?

The word “church” is a pretty loaded word. For some, it evokes memories of love and community. For others – the reminiscence isn’t nearly as pleasant.  Few words, ideas, or constructs have been as polarizing as “church.” No matter how you look at it, the story of the Christian church is stunning. What started as … Continue reading

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Easter: After the Sugar-High

The eggs have been successfully hunted down with precision. The sugar highs have turned into sugar crashes. The pastel dresses and nicely pressed suits are hung/thrown back into the closet. The bunny ears are stored neatly to frighten children again next year. The Easter lilies are… somewhere. The day after Easter is referred to by many … Continue reading

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The Scandal of the Cross

Crucifixion. Invented by the Persians. Adapted by Alexander the Great. Passed on to the Carthaginians. Perfected by the Romans. Jewish historian Josephus called crucifixion – “the most wretched of deaths.” Roman philosopher Cicero forbade even the thought of it by stating, “Far be the very name of the cross, not only from the body, but … Continue reading

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St. Patrick: The Marshmallow Loving, Beer-Drinking, Snake-Charming Leprechaun

By now you’ve all probably seen a post or two setting the record straight regarding the origins of St. Patrick’s Day. If you missed the onslaught of facts and are still sober enough to read them– I’ll highlight some of my favorites: St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. Wait, so he wasn’t a leprechaun? St. Patrick’s birth … Continue reading

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Let Your Groin Be Your Guide: A Valentine’s Day Post

Today is the day. You know it, I know it. In fact, you’ll be had pressed to find someone who doesn’t know it. The beginning of President’s Day weekend is finally here! But if you’re not as gubernatorial – you probably also know that today is Valentine’s Day – a day that brings gleeful giggles … Continue reading

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You Will Gasp in Disbelief at How One Goon Failed Miserably at New Year’s Resolutions.

“11 Simple Ways To Not Be a Terrible Person in 2014” “Have a Mind-Meltingly Good Year By Following This One Weird (Possibly Illegal) Trick” “Achieve Total Global Domination These Next 52 Weeks!“ Well, interwebs – it’s happened again. We’ve sauntered into a new year and brought a blitzkrieg of “good” advice with us. The band … Continue reading

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The Problem with Selfie-Righteousness

Oxford Dictionaries announced “Selfie” as the international “Word of the Year 2013” yesterday; noting its frequency in the English language has increased by 17,000% since last year. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the word “selfie” first appeared in 2002, when it was used in an Australian online forum. It was popularized by social media during the years … Continue reading

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