• A Brief Word About Presents

    December 28, 2006

    Our Christmas celebration this year spanned 3 full days. We spent Christmas Eve’s eve with Jessica’s parents, completely relaxed while making food, eating food and photographing food. Sunday was our holy day, as we were reminded by Pastor Frank why we celebrate at all. We sang, pondered and sat in awestruck amazement at Emmanuel. We... Read More

  • Transparency: How Much Is Too Much?

    December 2, 2006

    How transparent is too transparent? Well-meaning people tell me that honesty and transparency are key characteristics of any good leader. “It let’s people know that you’re human, helps them trust you more” one good friend said to me. But would people want to know all of your struggles? What if you were a pastor and... Read More

  • Situational Ethics

    November 26, 2006

    Is it naive to think that lying is immoral in every situation? I suppose I should further explain this question, or rather, my own thoughts on this question. I’ve heard all the theoretical situations people bring up when discussing this: Is lying about a surprise party wrong? What iif you had to lie to protect... Read More

  • Vertigo Insomnia

    September 24, 2006

    It’s 2:45 am, and I have to preach in the morning. But I can’t sleep. Today (or yesterday, rather) we went hiking with our YAM group to Onoko Falls. I went to the top of the waterfall for the first time. There’s a huge flat rock at the top that simply ends with a 50... Read More

  • Oops, Wrong Window

    July 19, 2006

    One of my junior high students IM’ed me with this: “Well, you can just **** my ****”… only this person didn’t use stars, they were requesting a pretty perverse sexual encounter. I paused for a moment, taken quite by surprise. I started typing and backspaced a few times before recieving the next message: “Oops, wrong... Read More

  • Porn-free Download

    May 21, 2006

    My father has just finished putting together a 7 page paper entitled How To Be Free From Pornography. In an age where the church avoids saying the word “sex” (e.g. Potiphar’s wife wanted to have ‘physical intimacy’ with Joseph), here’s a welcome discussion of this hush-hush homewrecker. You can either read the entire article at... Read More

  • Kids vs. Cats

    March 25, 2006

    My wife and I have been talking about getting a cat, but our apartment complex charges a $250 deposit and $25 per month to have an animal in our apartment. They currently don’t charge anything to have children though. The only assumption I can draw from this is that they consider a cat more of... Read More

  • The Ticket Out?

    September 22, 2005

    As the Gulf Coast reels from this gargantuan one-two punch, a thought crossed my mind. Then the meteorologists said we’re not out of the woods yet, considering the hurricane season doesn’t end until late October. The thought grew stronger and emerged as this entry. Follow me. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and if it does,... Read More

  • The Swirling Thoughts of One

    September 18, 2005

    With a gut crammed full of Sunday lunch and a brain crammed full of Chesterton I lay awake looking up at the ceiling. She woke me from a dream. The sermon was just finished and I lay down from exhaustion; preaching had tired me. I’m ninety-five she said, smelling like powder, and I didn’t have... Read More

  • Virtual Notoriety

    August 13, 2005

    I do my best thinking in the shower, and today was no exception. I got thinking about the strange duality brought on by a global network of computers and the ability to create a “virtual reputation” through websites, blogs and pod casts. Here I sit, messed hair, unshaven face typing my heart out and there... Read More

  • Of Mice and Men

    January 27, 2005

    Recent news articles have brought to light disturbing new genetic experimentation the likes of which Gene Roddenberry or Ray Bradbury couldn’t have dreamt up. And when I say disturbing, I don’t mean necessarily immoral or unethical, though that may be the conclusion to draw from all of this. Scientists have been discussing, at some length,... Read More

  • (sĭn•ŏl•ă•jē)

    January 23, 2005

    synology (sĭn•ŏl•ă•jē) n. the phenonomenon of reading a word at the same time another person in an unrelated conversation says that same word. -ous, -ism, -istic Usage: 1. When Marge heard Thomas say the same word she had been reading, she was surprised at the synology. Thanks to Jason for pointing out this bizzare, unnamed... Read More

  • Typochondriac

    January 20, 2005

    I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg – the phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The... Read More

  • EZ Optics for Curious Homemakers

    January 15, 2005

    I was getting my fix of knowledge today and stumbled across a great optics experiment done Emeril-style. From the days of childhood I imagined great things to do with microwaves: cook insects, check the heating capability of the microwave using an electronic thermometer, make sparkles with old AOL CDs. Never in a million years did... Read More

  • Live Chat with Dale Fincher

    January 13, 2005

    This article was reprinted from http://home.christianity.com/ministries/rzim/70364.html Christianity.com was pleased to have apologist Dale Fincher, from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, recently join us for a second exciting chat event in which he fielded a range of challenging questions from the Christianity.com community. Below you will find the transcript for this event, which includes some great answers... Read More