Alcohol and the Christian: A Review of the Lecture Series given at BJU

“Moderate alcohol consumption is the Satanically arranged pathway to alcohol abuse.”  “Never drink, never drunk.”  “No other sin alters the brain like alcohol.  Drinking is in a separate class of sin.” The above statements were spoken during four lectures given March 4-7 at Bob Jones University on the issue of Christians and Alcohol.  A friendContinue reading “Alcohol and the Christian: A Review of the Lecture Series given at BJU”

Retweets, Reposts, and Links: Gimme Something Original!

A large portion of our online interaction these days deals with sharing discoveries, pages, videos, and memes not original to ourselves.  Some of this stems from the fact that we as social creatures enjoy things more when we share them with someone; God did declare in Genesis 2 that it was not good for manContinue reading “Retweets, Reposts, and Links: Gimme Something Original!”

Less Formal = More Authentic? Come On, YRR! Put on Your Suit and Tie!

Is Christianity minus the “suit and tie” more authentic than it’s formal forebear?  As sermons are proliferated online, we are slowly becoming more familiar with the pastor who preaches sans pulpit with plaid shirt un-tucked and a pair of skinny jeans.  This slouched approach to church gatherings reveals itself further in the relaxed liturgies (orContinue reading “Less Formal = More Authentic? Come On, YRR! Put on Your Suit and Tie!”

Is Pure Democracy the Best Path to Fairness?

I just finished reading an article from the NYT this morning entitled “Democracy Tested: Smaller States Find Outsize Clout Growing in Senate“, and as I tried my best to make it to the end still pretending I was reading an objective report (and not an editor’s opinion), a renewed admiration of our Constitution’s writers beganContinue reading “Is Pure Democracy the Best Path to Fairness?”

The. Death. of. Nuance. in. the. English. Language.

Nuance. is. like. the. deadest. ever. Question: Are we in the business of communicating in sentences anymore, or is everyone just practicing for a pointillism art project? I believe our culture is witnessing the death of nuance.  Nothing is worth saying unless it is “the best ever”.  We end our stories with the punctuation, “ItContinue reading “The. Death. of. Nuance. in. the. English. Language.”

Why Running Outside Is Better Than a Treadmill, Self-Discipline, and Other Things

(photo credit) “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.  Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” –1 Timothy 4:7-8 Treadmills are for sissies.  I have run onContinue reading “Why Running Outside Is Better Than a Treadmill, Self-Discipline, and Other Things”