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

Entering the Public Square - Apologetic Report
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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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 20:00

The Great Hope of Christianity

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I think that we run the temptation of becoming far too wrapped up in the here and now. Of course, it is a good thing to stay on top of our current situation and make wise decisions, but as Christians, it is important to consider that our days are simply a vapor here on earth. What seems like a big...

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If you have followed this website for any length of time, you will know that I am a big fan of The Lord of the Rings. Ever since I discovered these books in middle school, I have learned as much as I can about this world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. On one hand, you may say that I shouldn’t...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:00

A Christian Response to Randa Jarrar's Hate Speech

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Randa Jarrar said some terrible things in the aftermath of First Lady Barbara Bush’s passing, and on Wednesday, I suggested that it is important, as a principal of free speech for all, that she should not be terminated based on what she said in her personal life, as awful as it is.

As a...

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California State University professor Randa Jarrar’s needlessly antagonistic and quite frankly evil attack on First Lady Barbara Bush within hours of her passing has raised a variety of questions about the role of free speech in our society. Is it permissible to discipline someone at work for...

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As I sat watching the funeral of First Lady Barbara Bush, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat bad that her funeral had somewhat been overshadowed by the controversy generated by one of her vocal critics. California State University Fresno professor Randa Jarrar tweeted, among other things, in...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:00

Remaining Thankful through the Dark Times

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Noah ultimately was thankful for God’s provision as the end result of being faithful. At the end of the day, we have been talking about how important it is to remain faithful to God despite the fact that the world may not understand or maybe very countercultural. We have to remain faithful...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:00

Standing against the Culture like Noah Did

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As we think about the time of Noah in comparison to the world of today, we have to remember that, despite the fallenness of the world around him, Noah was faithful. God told him to do something that was pretty radical. In a world that had never experienced rain, he was being asked to build a boat....

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As we sit here in the midst of an extraordinarily rainy spring time in Vermont, I know that I have the assurance this rain is going to stop at some point. We are not going to see our world destroyed by a flood as it was in the days of Noah. That being said though, this meteorological event has got...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:00

You Can't Lead from Behind

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Finally, when I think about some leadership lessons I have learned from An Unexpected Journal, I have to think about one of my favorite pieces of advice from Confederate general James Longstreet:

You can’t lead from behind.

I tried my best to be involved in every part of this process, and I...

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I remember that when we were beginning to put together our concept for An Unexpected Journal, I was wondering how we were going to get all of these done. I was thinking about all of the different things that have to come together for the website to be successful, and I found a lot of skills I...

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I know that you’re probably tired of hearing about An Unexpected Journal, but I think I have one more week of posts to share with you about it because it is something that really has changed the way I look at problems. I never really have had this type of leadership role before. I have...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 20:00

Little Is Much When God Is in It

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An Unexpected Journal has developed a lot. If you look at the image above, this is literally where we started from on November 1, 2017. This is a screen capture of the first post I ever put on Facebook about this project. Sure, the general formula was just about the same. It was going to be a...

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I told you about our really exciting new project on Monday. An Unexpected Journal is off to a strong start, and if you decided to check it out, I am incredibly grateful. As a writer, it is always exciting when somebody reads what you have written. That always makes my day.

I want to tell you a...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 20:00

The Big Announcement

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Okay guys, it’s official, I can finally talk about it! I have been giving you veiled hints for the past several months about this really exciting project I have been a part of, and now that it is live, I can let you in on the launch!

With several of my merry former classmates from the Houston...

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Another thing about the creative process is that we always need to be aiming for something new. I have been writing this website for a while, and I hope that you have found something worthwhile in it. However, as much as I love doing that for you, it is not like I have been neglecting other...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:00

Aiming to Be Provocative

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It is a challenge to consider all the possible ways that people might react to what you have written. I have had people email me back with such nice notes. I have had people tell me that everything I have written is entirely wrong. Either way, I at least like to know that people are reacting to...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 20:00

What It Feels like before I Hit Publish

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Anticipation is a key part of all creative endeavors. When I create something, I like to know that somebody is ultimately going to read it. However, beyond that, I am really curious what people are going to think of it. It is not that I necessarily desperate for people’s approval or anything...

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