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, 16 September 2018 20:00

On Humility and Going to a Robin Mark Concert

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I went to a Robin Mark concert on September 7 in North Haverhill, New Hampshire. For those of you who don’t know, Robin is a Christian songwriter and worship leader from Northern Ireland who put out his first studio album in 1990. He has been doing this for a long time, and while you may not...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 20:00

Sub-Creators Cannot Usurp the Creator

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You all know that I have written extensively about the Chronicles of Narnia on this website. They are among my favorite books, and every now and then I listen to the audiobook versions of them. Today was one of those days, and I was making my way through The Silver Chair. This is probably my second...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 20:00

Complexity Is Sometimes Necessary

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I appreciate people who can explain things simply. I have a hard time doing that. I don’t know if this is a deficiency in my own ability to communicate or if it is because of my worldview. On one hand, some people are extraordinarily good at putting complicated ideas into terms that even...

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I recently saw an article from Pew Research that was entitled, “Obama Tops Public’s List of Best President in Their Lifetime, Followed by Clinton, Reagan.” This will make some of you pretty happy, and some of you may not jump on board with this conclusion. The survey itself was...

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Can you hear the drums echoing tonight (and just about every night)? If you can, then you are going to be pretty excited about this blog post. The Internet has been enamored with the song Africa by Toto, and songs are continually interpreted by people in light of their own personal experiences....

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 20:00

Why Local Matters

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If you ever come visit me in Vermont, we are going to go to Ben & Jerry’s. My family has always done that with everyone who has never been to Vermont before. If it is a nice, summer day, we very well might go down the road to the Stowe Bike Path. Not only are these places that I am always...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 20:00

God's Boundaries Are for Our Good

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I said that I was not going to write about Chesterton for a little while, but I came across a situation a few weeks ago that brought Chesterton back to the forefront of my mind again. I was thinking about a quote that is misattributed to him by Bartlett as saying, “Don’t ever take a...

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I hope you have enjoyed our summer with G.K. Chesterton. As I have now completed my summer tutorial at Faulkner University, my studies are going to move in a different direction. Consequently, we’re going to move in a few different directions on this website as we go ahead, but I don’t...

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I am sure that you have heard the news about many companies and municipalities making the decision to ban plastic straws. In fact, some of you may have heard about it because of me. Recently, I was interviewed by one of our local news stations to provide my thoughts on these types of corporate and...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:00

When Prevention Is Worse than the Cure

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I have tried this summer to be very true to the spirit of G.K. Chesterton and have attempted, perhaps highly imperfectly, to look at his work in context. Today, I’m going to be writing about Eugenics and Other Evils, and the passage I’m going to talk about really should be considered in...

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Why is it that we all seem to be drawn into a story? Around the world, people spend billions of dollars every year buying books or going to the movies. We don’t just do that because we like to own pieces of paper bound together or watch lights and colors flashing on the screen. We do it...

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It has become a popular stereotype in modern America that religious people are the enemies of reason, the opponents of science or the defenders of the irrational. For instance, consider this headline from the Scientific American in 2012, “Losing Your Religion: Analytic Thinking Can Undermine...

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imageIt seems to be quite clear to me at least that we all have a tendency to see whatever it is that we want to see. If I really like Ben Shapiro (which I do), I am going to have a tendency to favor his interpretation of a particular event. If I really do not like Ben Shapiro (many people do not), they...

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imageThe problem of evil presents a greater apologetic challenge to the Christian faith than any other. It is a hard thing to wrap your head around. How is it that God, who is by nature, all-good, all-powerful and all-knowing, could allow evil to exist in the world? It is pretty easy to affirm any two...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:00

Embracing Anarchy Is Easier Said Than Done

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Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think that any society has ever existed in a state of pure anarchy. At least when I think about anarchy, I think about the absence of government. When I think about government, I think about an entity that organizes a group of people. When I think about a...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 20:00

Why Progressivism Fails

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I live in Vermont, and if there is one word that you could use to describe a vast majority of our political environment, it would be progressive. Spurred on by the incredible success of our Senator Bernie Sanders in his 2016 Presidential campaign, I have noticed that this adjective has become even...

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If there is one thing you don’t want to do in 2018, it is end up on the wrong side of history. Although the term itself seems to be used rather loosely, the general idea is that there are some things that are right while others are wrong, and you better be sure that you affirm what you should...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 20:00

Why Social Media Shrinks Our World

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In our modern age of social media, you can learn a lot about someone without ever really meeting them. The minute someone accepts my friend request, they can learn some highly personal and controversial things about me. They immediately have the ability to know that I am Christian, I do not...

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One final read I completed on my break between semesters in my PhD program was a very recent analysis of The Lord of the Rings that I enjoyed very much.

An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien was written by Donald T Williams. It was published by Christian...

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During this well-deserved (at least in my opinion) break between semesters in my PhD program, I did some reading through some of Lord of the Rings commentary. I love these books so much that I thought it was worth seeing what other people had to say about them.

A second book I read was The...

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Since I have had a few weeks off from classes at Faulkner University, I was able to dig into some pleasure reading. In particular, I was able to dig into some Lord of the Rings commentary I have been meaning to read that I hadn’t gotten around to. Consequently, this week you get three book...

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I suggested some best practices for straight communication on Wednesday, so I thought that I would take this post to share three of the worst practices for straight communication if we are trying to avoid talking past each other. Especially as Christians, if we’re trying to share something...

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As Christians, we have to come back to this idea about our cultural inability seemingly have a conversation without talking past each other. After all, if, as we believe, the Gospel is just about the most important thing we can share with anyone else, we want to make sure that we get the message....

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 20:00

Conversation in 2018

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Do you ever feel like you’re having those conversations where you are literally talking past one another? I have had those moments, and I imagine most of you probably have as well. You can even feel this when you look at our media. You can read the headline from Fox News, CNN and MSNBC and...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 20:00

The Importance of Reconciliation

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I find it interesting that human beings were designed to be in community. From the beginning, God understood that it was not good for man to be alone, so He created woman. Of course, it is not surprising that human beings are social creatures. We are created in the image of God, and our God is a...

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