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, 11 November 2018 19:00

Don't Be Afraid to Dream

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When you are a little kid, you are always asked what you’re going to be when you grow up. When you’re in high school, you take a variety of personality tests that sometimes point you towards careers that may be suited for your interests and individual propensities. In college, you make...

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I recently read “The Power of the Powerless” by Vaclav Havel after I read about it in The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher. It was my second time through The Benedict Option, but for whatever reason I decided to find a copy of this essay this time. I am so glad I did.

It struck me that even...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 20:00

Why Christianity Takes Courage in America

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It takes courage to live as a Christian in America in the 21st-century. I know that many of you are going to stop reading right now. Christians are not being killed in America like we are in so many other parts of the globe. We don’t even face imprisonment here in the United States of...

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You probably have heard that Disney is making a live-action remake of Aladdin. This follows their live-action remake of Cinderella, but in more general terms, I’m sure you have noticed that there is a trend towards unoriginality in Hollywood. It is not just Disney; we also have seen revivals...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

Why We Believe Our Political Opponents Hate Us

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I have learned something about the United States of America in the past month or so.

We believe that we hate each other, and that is a major problem.

I would like to say that I am not sure where this idea came from, but I’m pretty confident I know. We are constantly fed the line that the right...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:00

On Writing a Research Paper

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Because I am in the middle of the semester, it is prime time for beginning to work on some research papers. In our PhD program at Faulkner University, every class is finished with a research paper. There is a little bit of variation in the length depending on the amount of coursework for the rest...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 20:00

The Myth of Progress

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Innovation is a funny thing. We are conditioned to believe that anything that is new must also be improved. I don’t believe it is any coincidence that marketing departments have realized that this verbal pairing sells. Why does it sell? It sells because we believe in progress marching on. We...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 20:00

Why We Need The Lord of the Rings Now

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Happy belated Hobbit Day! In commemoration of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ shared birthday of September 22, Middle-earth lovers from our own world celebrate this most wonderful day. I have told this story before on this website, but I was introduced to The Hobbit in fourth grade. After falling in...

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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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