But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 19:00

Be Back in A Few

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Hi folks, just a quick note that I am going to be taking a few weeks off. I will be back with you shortly, but I am in my final semester of PhD coursework, and a lot of deadlines seem to all be converging at the same time. I need to finish strong here (and prepare for my dissertation for real), so...

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Sunday, 03 November 2019 19:00

Christianity and Freedom of the Press

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I am writing this article for you because freedom of the press exists. If it did not exist, then someone would have the ability to restrict what I am about to write for you.

I may not say anything important, and it is possible that no one ever reads this article. Nevertheless, it is important that I...

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 20:00

What to Say about Kanye West?

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Unless you live in a place with no access to any social media or even mainstream media outlets, you have probably heard that Kanye West released an album this week. However, it was not just an album. It was a straight up Christian album. As you might imagine, this album has sent shockwaves...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 20:00

Why Is Christianity Declining in America?

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You might’ve heard about the new research that came out from the Pew Forum about Christianity in America. I would obviously recommend reading the article before you read my thoughts below. I don’t necessarily want to rehash all the data for you, but I just want to comment on some of the...

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 20:00

Friday Night Lights and The Abolition of Man

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I was recently happy to discover that Friday Night Lights is on Amazon Prime. I think it has been there for a little while, but I hadn’t watched it since it was taken off of Netflix a few years ago. As I have just restarted the first season, I feel like I am not necessarily the prime...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 20:00

How Jonah Applied to My Life This Week

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I’ve got to be honest with you guys. This has been a week with a lot of interesting things going on. I don’t necessarily want to go into detail with you all, but I think it will suffice to say that a lot of chaos that I was not thinking about a week ago right now is certainly front and...

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Sunday, 29 September 2019 20:00

Has America Lost Religion?

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There was an article in The Atlanticthis past week entitled, “Three Decades Ago, America Lost Its Religion. Why?” written by Derek Thompson. I would recommend that you read the article before proceeding with the post I am about to write. Otherwise, you might be a little bit confused.

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 20:00

You Can't Argue Anyone into the Kingdom

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As people who are interested in apologetics, there is a line that you are going to hear at some point. You might hear this from even your good-natured, well-meaning Christian friend. They are going to tell you that, “You can’t argue someone into the Kingdom.” I know I have said...

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 20:00

Finding Community

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Our world has experienced a serious decline in community. Isolation is not good for the human mind or soul, but more and more people seem to be suffering from a lack of friendship and companionship. Even from the beginning of time, God understood that it was important for man to have a companion,...

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I have to admit. I don’t have anything overly inspirational to write to you today, and my time is somewhat limited as we are also launching the next issue of An Unexpected Journal tomorrow (I am writing this on Sunday). I don’t have anything overly thought-provoking to write for you as...

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 20:00

Man, My Life Has Changed in 10 Years

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Facebook reminded me either was debating what I wanted to write that on August 31, 2019, I attended my first day of college at the University of Vermont. That was 10 years ago, people. I am getting old. But, if I had a DeLorean and was able to go back in time to talk to my freshman self, I...

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 20:00

Waiting

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Waiting. Honestly, who likes to wait? While there is some type of thrill in the anticipation, at the end of the day, if I know that something great is coming, cue West Side Story, I am pretty much ready for whatever that something is to arrive. After all, if it is good, then it would be great to...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:00

My Initial Reaction to My Approval for Spinraza

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I am writing this on August 15, 2019, and I just received word from my doctor that I received insurance approval for a year of Spinraza. Without getting too technical, this is essentially a treatment that will ideally help people with my condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, slow the progression of...

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Sunday, 11 August 2019 20:00

The Love of Many shall Wax Cold

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“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” The latter part of Matthew 24:12 came up twice in the same day, so I thought that might be interesting to talk about together today. After all, Jesus says this as part of his response regarding how his disciples will...

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 20:00

The Problem with Individualizing Truth

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I just heard an advertisement that talked about discovering “my truth.” To me, this seems to be somewhat of a contradiction in terms.

Obviously when we talk about something being mine, it belongs to me. My life is my life. My vehicle is my vehicle. It belongs to me. It is in my...

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Sunday, 28 July 2019 20:00

Missing the Signs

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Let’s be entirely honest here as we talk together. How good are you at picking up signals from other people? I like to think that I am relatively perceptive at times, but there were other times when I feel like something ought to be so obvious, but it just goes right over my head.

I mention...

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Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:00

Responding to "Against Pop Culture"

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My attention was recently turned to an essay written by Dr. Brad East entitled “Against Pop Culture” on Mere Orthodoxy. Before reading any more of what I have written here, please read and consider Dr. East’s essay. Perhaps I am not interpreting it in the light in which he...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:00

Maybe It Was Meant to Be

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Do you ever get the feeling that some things are simply meant to be? Maybe you don’t exactly know why, or you might not understand how something came to be, but it simply seems right. Maybe you ended up at a certain place at a certain time, and you really cannot be sure why a particular thing...

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 20:00

Knowing Those Who Make a Difference

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I know you will not read this post for a few days, but just so you know, I am writing this on Independence Day. I was thinking back to what an exciting time it must’ve been for our Founding Fathers. I get excited when I create minor things like this website, but I can’t imagine the...

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Monday, 01 July 2019 11:09

Isn't Your Life Remarkable?

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Have you ever really taken a second to consider the improbability that you specifically would be brought into this world? A few friends and I were talking about this just yesterday. There are so many things that could have happened in literally the entire course of human history that would have...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 20:00

Doing What We Have To Do

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I am writing this piece on June 11. When you read this, it will be ideally June 17, and I will be in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As most of you know, my team will be playing power soccer, so I don’t know that I will have a lot of time to write over the weekend like I usually do.

I don’t...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 20:00

The Joy of Athletic Customization

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I am writing this just about a week before my power soccer team departs for the Founders Cup in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We will be competing with teams from around the country, and to say that I am excited about the opportunity to do this again would almost be an understatement.

It is interesting to...

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Sunday, 26 May 2019 20:00

Reflecting on the Good of Technology

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I’ve spent the better part of the last week watching power soccer. The Nations Cup has been taking place in Finland, and the top five teams from the European zone will earn the right to compete in the 2021 FIPFA World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

I can’t help but think how remarkable it is...

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If you are too upset over the fact that Game of Thrones is ending, don’t worry, there is an answer. You can go to a counseling session to help yourself come to terms with the fact that this show that I have never watched but millions have is coming to its conclusion. I heard a clip about this...

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Sunday, 12 May 2019 20:00

Where Is Tolkien's Faith?

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I recently read a movie review for the biopicTolkienwritten by my former professor Dr. Michael Ward. I have to admit that when I saw that this movie was going to be released, I was really excited. He is a fascinating historical figure, and I was hoping that the film could do him justice. That...

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