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

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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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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Monday, 23 January 2017 06:03

Reaping the Whirlwind of Alternative Facts

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Arguments over crowd sizes are insignificant and pointless, but they reveal actual—not alternative—facts about our culture’s attitude toward truth.

Sowing seeds of postmodernism

Postmodernism declared there is no absolute truth or inherent meaning. Today, in a modern culture steeped...

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As hundreds of thousands of women (and men) marched in various cities as part of the Women’s March, many brought signs expressing their opinions on a host of issues.

Some were creative and challenging and more than a handful were crude and offensive, but I’ve noticed photos of one sign...

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The presidential inauguration serves as a moment the nation recognizes and celebrates the continued peaceful transition of power, if not the individual to whom the power is being transferred.

The ascension of Donald Trump to the highest office in the land has provoked, interestingly enough,...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:00

When a Women’s March Doesn’t Want All Women

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While being primarily supported by pro-choice groups, the Women’s March in Washington D.C. had originally decided to grant a pro-life feminist group partnership status.

But after a story in The Atlantic highlighted the pro-life women attending the march and the...

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Some back and forth between a football coach and a sports talk show host this week unintentionally illuminated one of our modern culture’s most dangerous condition.

We value entertainment and opinions much more than we do information and truth.

Who’s the real fraud?

The Clemson Tigers...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:00

Stop Telling Millennials Marriage Is Hard

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Much of the church’s discussion of marriage for the past few decades has focused on the difficulty of making a marriage work.

Trying to combat the prevalence of divorce and flippant marriages, Christians wanted to make sure young adults recognized that marriage took hard work.

Looking at the...

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Monday, 02 January 2017 05:27

Lamp Post: January 2, 2017

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The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The Lamp Post is a collection of quotes, news articles, opinion pieces or blog posts that I found interesting and worthy of attention.

NY Times: ‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. ‘Modern Family’: 50 Maps of the U.S. Cultural Divide

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 05:00

Door Jam: December 31, 2016

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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.

Phys.org: They call this robotics breakthrough an Avatar-style robot, but I want to see them combine four or five of these...

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Friday, 30 December 2016 07:01

10 Most Popular Posts at The Wardrobe Door for 2016

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Here are the posts that you made the most popular this year at The Wardrobe Door. If you’d like to read my reflections and writing here (and in general) in 2016, those will be at the bottom, after the top 10.

10. Silencing God’s Megaphone

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 04:00

Stop Rushing Past Christmas

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Turning on the TV on the day after Christmas I was greeted with dozens of New Year’s commercials. No more sleigh bells or Santas.

In the car, radio stations had already switched back to playing their regular format, leaving holiday music behind.

Our thoughts of Christmas are discarded along...

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The abortion rate in America is the lowest since before Roe v. Wade legalized the practice in 1973.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the current rate of 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years is the lowest since 1971.

From a pro-life perspective, this is undeniably good...

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Buzzfeed published a lazy story on Chip and Joanna Gaines, the happy home renovating couple from Fixer Upper, using sermons preached by their pastor in opposition to same sex marriage.

The obvious intention of the piece was to gin up controversy and unleash an internet mob to pressure the hosts of...

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Monday, 28 November 2016 04:00

Screwtape on Our Celebrity Obsessed Culture

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The spread of a fake Screwtape letter about politics motivated me to compile the instances C.S. Lewis used the voice of his fictional demon to actually address politics in a manner much more insightful than any modern counterfeit.

In rereading both The Screwtape...

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As Christians learn how to coexist with political differences, Simon and Matthew can serve as an inspiration. They were about as opposite political as two people could be.

Simon was a radical who participated in protests, riots and plots to overthrow the government. He felt...

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Who needs another article about the impending doom of election day? How about an article featuring the impending doom of extinction day?

Let’s reach across the aisle and come together to point and laugh at the people terrified by these dinosaurs.

T-Rex takes on Christmas

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T-Rex...

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Growing up as an evangelical, I learned early on that C.S. Lewis solves almost anything.

As a young volunteer youth pastor, I wanted to take the students to go see The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings. My older pastor was a bit skeptical.

“Isn’t that the story with wizards and...

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