Social media monsters

3 Ways Social Media’s Turning Us into Monsters

If you were to ask me to make a list of social media positives, it would be easy. The simple fact that social media is making high school reunions obsolete makes it one of the most life-affirming gifts to come along in my lifetime. That said, it is also bringing out and encouraging some of […]

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Why the Sermon on the Mount Is Absurd and Impractical

We Americans judge an idea or principle based on one, primary criteria: does it work? We’re simple pragmatists and something that’s true will also be useful. If it’s true but not practical, it’s hard for us to value it. I was thinking about this recently when I was reading the Sermon on the Mount. Struggling […]


“Christian Cleavage” Probably Isn’t the Problem

It was the last and final interview. I’d sat through two discussions with this women already, and I knew that, not only was she going to be an incredible fit in the company, she was going to be an unbelievable asset to my team. As I was sure she would, she nailed the interview. I thanked and […]


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Wrestling with Universal Truth and Christian Certainty

I had an atheist friend ask me an interesting question after reading one of my blog posts. He asked me, “How much does your Christianity allow for pluralism?” It was an intriguing question and, after spending the evening thinking about it, I replied in a private message. But, after giving it some thought, I decided […]

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5 Principles for Taming Your Study Bible

A study Bible can be helpful when you can’t cart around a lot of secondary study material, but they do have their weaknesses. Here are some suggestions for taking advantage of their strengths. 1. Not all study Bibles are created equal Sometimes when publishers have a bestseller on their hands, they’ll pull out all the stops […]

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Social Issues


4 Topics Christians Need to Stop Finding Funny

I stood in the sanctuary talking to a law-enforcement friend about a recent bust he’d made. “Man,” he said laughing, “it took about three of us to subdue this guy. He had what we call ‘retard strength.’” He must have noticed me looking awkwardly at my feet because he quickly said, “I’m over 40—I don’t […]

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The Church


Do Singles Need More Christian Dating Advice?

Writing Christian dating advice is quite the cottage industry. More than a few online personalities have built their entire platform on listicles like: Tips for Christian singles Men you should/shouldn’t date Girls Christian guys should avoid Differences between dating a boy and dating a lumbersexual hipster man As a writer, it’s the perfect niche market. You’ll never run […]

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