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

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:23

Don’t Pity Parents, Pray for Us

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Once people know I’m a parent, it’s inevitable. I know the words I’ll hear shortly.

Without fail, they are going to say something like, “I don’t envy you. With all the issues out there, I don’t know how you can be a parent these days.”

Many of these people...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 23:59

Discussing Doctor Who: Oxygen

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“In space no one can hear you scream” … unless you are trapped on a space station without oxygen and full of zombie suits. Kevin and I break down “Oxygen.”

Kevin Harvey is the author of All You Want to Know About The Bible in Pop Culture and a fellow Whovian...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:00

Discussing Doctor Who: Knock Knock

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On the bright side, Kevin and I agree about an episode (our first this year). On the down side, it was on an episode about which we both had mixed feelings. But we still love to talk about it.

Kevin Harvey is the author of All You Want to Know About The Bible in Pop Culture and a fellow...

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Spoiler warning: I will try to avoid significant spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but there will be a general discussion about the film and some information that was revealed before the movie opened.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes the aspects viewers loved from the first...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:00

Destroying Human Life to Make Jewelry

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It has been a long time since I read a news story and was shocked speechless. But reading this, all I could utter through tears was “God have mercy.”

An Australian couple used IVF to conceive three children, but as is often the case...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 21:00

Discussing Doctor Who: Thin Ice

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Will Kevin and I ever agree about an episode this season? It won’t happen this week as we breakdown “Thin Ice,” the latest episode of Doctor Who.

Kevin Harvey is the author of All You Want to Know About The Bible in Pop Culture and a fellow Whovian who enjoys...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:00

Discussing Doctor Who: Smile

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What happens when emojis take over the world? Kevin Harvey and I are back to talk about “Smile,” the latest episode of Doctor Who.

Kevin is the author of All You Want to Know About The Bible in Pop Culture and a fellow Whovian who enjoys watching and breaking down the...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 21:00

Door Jam: April 25, 2017

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Door Jam is a collection of odd, funny and nerdy news and videos from around the web. If you see a post that should be in Door Jam, tweet it to me @WardrobeDoor.

Consumerist: Target wants all video game lovers to shop in their stores … and apparently launch shells and bananas at...

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I have appreciated Trevin Wax’s writing from afar, but after getting to know Trevin as a friend and as my pastor, I appreciate the heart behind his writing even more.

His latest book, This Is Our Time, was written, in part, as an outgrowth of him leading a small group at our church. The...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 21:00

Discussing Doctor Who: The Pilot

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Just like the Doctor, I’m back with my friend Kevin Harvey to talk about the latest episode of Doctor Who.

Kevin is the author of All You Want to Know About The Bible in Pop Culture and a fellow Whovian who enjoys watching and breaking down the latest adventures of the Doctor. You...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:07

The Hidden Religious Tragedy of S-Town

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John, a 49-year-old antique clock restorer, tries his best to convince Tyler, a struggling, unmarried 20-something father, to come to church in rural Alabama. Nothing about that scene is unusual on the surface, but like most everything else on the popular podcast S-Town, there’s much more...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 21:00

The Coasting Christian

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How much did you enjoy coasting down a hill on your bike as a kid?

You can put your feet off to the side (or on the handlebar if you’re feeling really daring) and let gravity do all the work. Enjoying the wind against your face is the reward for all the effort you spent pedaling up.

As a kid,...

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In some tournaments, you just know who is going to win before the games even start. That seems to be the case with this March Gladness tournament to decide the greatest CCM song of the 90s.

Based on the votes for the top CCM albums of the last 25 years, “Jesus Freak” was the clear...

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What is the greatest CCM song of the 1990s?

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Based on the votes for the top CCM albums of the last 25 years, “Jesus Freak” was the clear favorite going into this tournament and unsurprisingly here it is in the championship game.

On the other hand, Steven Curtis Chapman was always a solid...

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While Mike Pence may not have dinner with a woman who is not his wife, he may have succeeded in doing something people have been seemingly trying to do for a while—kill nuance on social media.

If you need a quick synopsis of the issues, Emma Green wrote an excellent piece for The Atlantic.

Basic...

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It’s all come down to this: The Final Four of March Gladness. What is the greatest CCM song of the 1990s?

The Elite Eight was filled with all top seeds, which means every contest was a 1 seed versus a 2 seed.

Did every 1 seed advance or was a 2 seed able to pull off a last minute upset?...

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We were so close to seeing a no. 1 seed go down. So close. But Michael W. Smith pulled out the win and we are left with all upper seeds.

Every 1 and 2 seed has avoided all the upsets. Now we are in for some classic matchups in the Elite Eight of March Gladness.

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Now let’s breakdown each region...

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Unlike March Madness, the high seeds in March Gladness avoided the potential upsets.

A few lower seeded songs managed to win, but the top two seeds in every region all won —some closer than others, but it’s all about “survive and advance.”

Here’s how the bracket looks...

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It’s time the high point of contemporary Christian music met the high point of college basketball. What better way to decide the best CCM song of the 90s than through a March Madness bracket?

Oh, you say you can think of dozens of better ways? Well, not during March you can’t. Brackets...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 20:00

The Problem With “Logan”

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Logan provides a fitting end to the saga of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, but I’m worried about the future it portends for superhero movies.

A washed up, no-longer-Wolverine James “Logan” Howlett and an increasingly senile and inadvertently...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 20:00

Two Questions Every Christian Must Answer

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Every generation of believers faces their own unique set of challenges and questions. Different temptations hold cultural sway and attempt to pull Christians off course in different eras.

Yet, as the writer of Ecclesiastes said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” These challenges,...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:00

Stop Making Yourself the Hero of Bible Stories

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For most movies, the protagonist or main character is also the hero, the person you are meant to identify with and want to emulate. Why is that?

Well, you naturally feel sympathy toward the person at the center of the story. It’s very difficult to constantly see the world through one...

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Public opinion polling can be discouraging for pro-life individuals. We recognize the human life in the womb as a person worthy of protecting and yet polls show many of our fellow Americans feel differently.

In 2015, Gallup found that 50% of Americans called themselves pro-choice, compared with...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 04:00

Door Jam: January 26, 2017

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Door Jam is a collection of odd, funny and nerdy news and videos from around the web. If you see a post that should be in Door Jam, tweet it to me @WardrobeDoor.

Disney: They keep teasing us with Easter eggs between Pixar movies. This video shows dozens of hidden connections between the...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 04:00

Finding Our Dreams Outside of La La Land and Ourselves

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A recent Sunday provided a stark demonstration of the two competing ways we can discover our calling, our dreams and our identity.

That morning, I talked with a small group of college students about Jeremiah 1 and the calling the prophet receives on his life. That afternoon, I went with my wife...

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