I Wrote a Book. It has been a difficult and arduous process, but I completed a goal that I have had for several years. All throughout my time in graduate school, I wrote paper after paper on a range of religious topics from the supernatural to capitalism. I never published any of my work, so … Continue reading The Old Gods of the New Age
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD” (Psalm 100:1). “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1). “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:9). A Brief … Continue reading Church Music: You are Not Going to Like This
Have you ever heard the phrase, “better safe than sorry”? It is often applied to everything from wearing a seat belt to using a helmet when riding a bike to going to throwing away milk that has a slight sour smell. The idea that we might as well do something that might not be … Continue reading Should Christians Use Pascal’s Wager?
A common meme from anti-Christians is that Christianity is a restrictive religion. Many modern churches have also begun to sing this refrain as they attempt to abandon “legalism,” which they mostly define as rigid rules put in place by churches on music and attire (this is not true legalism, but difference in preference as I … Continue reading The True Freedom of Religion
In sociology, mental health has long been viewed as a “social construction” like gender, race, etc. It is absolutely true in this case. Autism is new a “spectrum” that can be as wide as the mental health community wishes it to be. Homosexuality and transgenderism used to be afflictions that no longer appear in the … Continue reading Exposing the “Mental Health Crisis”
I usually don't write up movie reviews, though I watch so many that perhaps I should. I think most reviewers try to hard to find mistakes so they can be the most prolific basher of a film. I always factor in entertainment. I think there are "bad" movies out there that are highly entertaining. There … Continue reading Movie Review: The Last Jedi
This story about young Keaton Jones, a boy who poured his heart out as his mother filmed his teary-eyed confession and posted it on social media, is heartbreaking. No innocent person deserves to be treated with such disrespect. That being said, the response to this video has me concerned with the profound lack of understanding … Continue reading The Bully Dilemma
In the first episode of Mindhunter, the Netflix show about how the FBI serial killer program began, an interesting proposition was presented. The gist is that prior to the 1970s, crime had motive. In the contemporary era, however, motive was no longer a factor. Serial killers may have a modus operandi, and even a purpose, … Continue reading The Satanic Era
Think of all the things we take for granted in life. The concepts of white privilege and patriarchy are that white males have certain historical advantages that they never actually think about. Things are becoming more egalitarian, for sure. However, Western civilization has been, for better or worse, a product of straight white men exploiting … Continue reading Taking God for Granted
I was talking to person of color yesterday about the lack of a major church led peace rally in response to the Black Lives Matter riots, and the conversation ended with me essentially being called a racist. How did we get there? This person, a self-professed Christian who happens to be biracial, seemed like a … Continue reading I am a “Racist” and That’s Okay.