​Clarity in 140 Characters

Issues tend to become intertwined with others which can make the task of defining the central issue feel like trying to find a ring dropped in a muddy lake. We know it’s there, but we keep groping, hoping to find that one precious piece of value that explains everything else. However, from time to time,…

Parents, Values, and Alcohol

Parents pass on their values to their children, both consciously and unconsciously. From the time they are born until they leave home, children learn values from their parents. While this is not the sole factor in value formation, it is the primary one because parents spend more time with their children than any other group…

Could Trump Spell the End of Late Night Comedy

There is no doubt that the entertainment industry leans left. This tendency is on display in acceptance speeches and the social agenda of many television shows and movies. But this leftward lean is no more evident than on late night comedy shows. No other avenue of mass media produces the same level of sharp criticism with such…

Beware Slippery Slopes and Those Who Deny Them

Slippery slope arguments, often one of the greatest ways to strike a blow against an opposing view, stand near the top of worst logical fallacies. These arguments, in a formal sense, say that a will necessarily lead to b, and then to c and so on. The end is usually an undesirable state the those…

Inclusion Has Its Limits

I sat opposite from the student life director and listened to her concerns about our governing documents. The student ministry of our church had filed for status as a student organization at Florida State, and they were making sure everything was in order. The process required that we put in a statement that all students…

Cover to Cover 2/20-2/26

Monday Leviticus 16-18 The focus now falls on atonement, the appeasement of divine wrath through a substitute. The Lord sets the process by which atonement is to be made and sets a certain day every year for the priest to make atonement. He further calls His people to sacrifice to Him in the place He…

Weekly Wrap-Up 2.17.17

Newspapers and Trump Newspapers are seeing an uptick in subscriptions following the election of Donald Trump. The question that must be answered is whether, and to what extent, the print media will seek to be impartial in covering the administration in order to boost the bottom line. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-newspapers-trump-campaigns-analysis-idUSKBN15V0GI?utm_source=applenews&x_cw_context_provider=safari Viewing Actions Through Intentions An interesting op-ed…

Self-Marriage?

Sometimes you read and reread an article to see if the article actually said you thought it said. A few days before Christmas, Cosmopolitan published an article on its site by Abigail Pesta entitled, “Why I Married Myself.” If you are confused by the title, let me assure you, the article will provide no answers…

Has Valentine’s Day Eroded Love?

It’s Valentines Day. This day elicits joy from some, sorrow from others, and a frantic last minute search at stores from husbands trying not to admit they forgot. At the heart of Valentine’s celebrations, lies the notion of true love. Images of people snuggling up close to a fire, holding hands through a romantic movie,…

Cover to Cover 2/13-2/19

Monday Leviticus 1-3 The first three chapters of Leviticus address various offerings within the Old Testament sacrificial system. The common refrain is, “a soothing aroma to the Lord.” It is not as though the offerings themselves smelled particularly sweet. Rather, the obedience rendered as His people come in obedience to His law makes the offerings…

Weekly Wrap-Up 2.10.17

The travel ban falls. . . for now The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Trump administration’s halt on immigration from seven majority Muslim countries saying that the administration had not proven the threat to national security. While there are points to be made on both sides of this issue which will likely be…