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

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J.R.R. Tolkien took a strong stance against materialism in his presentation of Middle Earth particularly at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring.

After Bilbo mysteriously disappeared from the Shire, Gandalf and Frodo have a conversation about the history of the ring and its escape from the...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:00

What Makes Middle Earth Meaningful

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It is important to remember when reading a work like The Lord of the Rings that it is meant to evoke something in us. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a great set of stories, and he put them in a beautiful universe that I think I will only be able to visit if I somehow make it to New Zealand. However, these...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:00

The Lord of the Rings As Christian Fiction

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The key to understanding a work such as The Lord of the Rings is that we cannot try to force it to be something it is not. As we talk about these books, we’re going to be looking at themes and ideas. We’re going to be thinking about how this series of books and those messages that...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 20:00

We're Going to Middle Earth

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As I look forward to beginning another semester of PhD work, I decided to attack another series of books as I did with the Chronicles of Narnia in January. This time, our journey will take us to Middle Earth. We are going through The Lord of the Rings in six weeks. Each one of the three volumes is...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:00

The Hazards of Nostalgia

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I love the original Karate Kid, so I am pretty excited that YouTube is going to be coming out with a spinoff in the near future. It might actually convince me to buy a short-term subscription for YouTube Red because of how much I enjoyed the movies.

This is kind of an interesting thing though...

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Amy Zegart published a fascinating piece on The Atlantic entitled, “The Three Paradoxes Disrupting American Politics.” I think that her insights are well taken particularly in regards to politics, but I think that they apply Christianity in America as well.

Her three paradoxes are:

Paradox...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 20:00

Responding to Jerry Coyne with a Disability

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Much has been written recently about biologist Jerry Coyne and his agreement with Peter Singer in regards to euthanizing young children with severe disabilities. You can read his original post on his website which is entitled, “Should one be allowed to euthanize severely deformed or doomed...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:00

The University Is Not an Extension of High School

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As we wrap up this week, you might be a little bit concerned that I advocated for the fact that college might not be for everyone because you view college as kind of a steppingstone between living at home and 100% independence.

If you believe this, you do not understand the purpose of the...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 20:00

There Are Better Ways to Find Your Passion

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You may have disagreed with my concerns about people necessarily having to go to college in our society because maybe in your life, college was really a life-changing experience. You might have thought that you wanted to pursue a particular career, but a particular college class put you in an...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 20:00

I Am Not Discouraging Learning

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I think that if you disagreed with anything I wrote last week about the fact that I really don’t think everyone needs to go to college, you probably fell into one of three different camps. I will address each one this week.

  1. We shouldn’t be discouraging people from going to college...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 20:00

What Do We Do with College Then?

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If the true purpose of the University is to put people on a journey of pursuing knowledge rather than purely professional development, then I think that an educational system that truly believes this would be radically different than the educational system we find ourselves participating in.

For one...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

Why Go to College Anyway?

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The University is a wonderful thing, but as we saw on Monday, there are many students were not prepared for the rigors of academic life that accompanies this level of education. Consequently, the students become overwhelmed when they realize that perhaps they are not as prepared as they ought to be....

 

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 20:00

College, Failure and the Civil War

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When I was young, I was incredibly interested in the Civil War. To be honest, it is still my favorite war to study because there were so many interesting personalities on both sides of the conflict and a variety of motives that add a level of depth to this conflict that goes far beyond the...

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All week I have been talking about an excellent article written on the Huffington Post by Michael Zimmerman entitled, “The Evergreen State College Implosion: Are There Lessons To Be Learned?” On Monday, we talked about the value of being willing to listen. On Wednesday, we discussed the...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 20:00

Lessons from Evergreen State College: Speak Up

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Michael Zimmerman wrote a fantastic article on the Huffington Post entitled, “The Evergreen State College Implosion: Are There Lessons To Be Learned?” He suggests that there were several problems that happened at this conflict-plagued campus, and I am not disagreeing with him at all....

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 20:00

Lessons from Evergreen State College: Listen

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Last week, I read a remarkable article from the Huffington Post of all places entitled, “The Evergreen State College Implosion: Are There Lessons To Be Learned?” The article was written by a man named Michael Zimmerman who was a former employee of the college and had an inside...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:00

How Do We Teach about Religion?

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The Washington Post recently highlighted the updated guidelines that the National Council for Social Studies advises for the teaching of religion in an educational curriculum. Specifically, they advised that, “The study of religion from an academic, nondevotional perspective in primary,...

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It is interesting when self-perception differs from reality. I think that we all do this on some level, but a new study reported by the PsyPostshows that our atheistic friends seem to believe they are truly open-minded, but they actually display more intolerance to different ideas than the...

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Global News recently reported on a study conducted by Ipsos that reported that 51% of Canadians believe that religion does more harm than good. This is not necessarily a remarkable finding. Naturally, turning on the news reveals a church that was caught in some type of scandal or ISIS terrorizing...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 20:00

Feelings Have Consequences

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Sometimes I have to wonder whether or not people really understand that, as Richard Weaver put it, ideas have consequences. In my recent PhD coursework, we have been discussing fine art, and we had to read Tolstoy’s What Is Art?

Tolstoy argues that, “As the word which conveys men’s...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 20:00

Why Do You Read What I Write?

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It is interesting to produce content to say the least. I have put out a few e-books (one of which, Learn to Learn: Eight Steps to Developing New Skills Efficiently and Effectively, is available for free on Amazon for the final day today before the price rises to $2.99), and I write this website...

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I like to dabble in projects. I like to try something out and see how it goes. If you have ever worked with me on a project, you know I get very intensely focused on something for a short period of time, and I make something happen. Then, I move on to a different type of project. I like to keep...

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It is interesting to reflect on several years of playing power soccer because not only does it provide a community as I mentioned on Monday or an entirely different perspective on sports as I wrote about on Wednesday, but it also provides an outlet that very few people have the opportunity to...

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After that first practice, power soccer quickly became an important part of my life, and I don’t know that the word obsession is too strong to explain my excitement. As a kid, I had always loved sports. I had always been involved in sports. I had been a statistician for several years, and I...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:00

Power Soccer: My Initial Impressions

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As some of you might be aware, I spent last weekend at a national power wheelchair soccer tournament near Indianapolis, Indiana. While my team did not quite have the success we were looking for, this is the fifth time my team has made the journey to nationals, and I was reflecting a little bit on...

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