Review: Metaxas’ “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy”

I read many books, but seldom biography. Perhaps that’s due to negative experiences with book report assignments growing up. Who knows? Upon a social media acquaintance’s recommendation, however, I picked up a Kindle copy of Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Quickly, I found myself looking forward to evenings in […]

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What? You don’t have a TV! (part 3)

[For previous installments of this series, see Part 1, and Part 2] The amount of time Americans spend watching TV has gone up in recent years. Studies differ, but it’s usually estimated we watch on average nearly three hours of TV a day. Since I don’t have a TV, what do I do with my time? […]

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Review: “The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry” by Root & Dean

I’ve never been a youth ministry sort of guy. When I was looking for a call out of seminary, oftentimes folks would assume that since I was in my 20s I’d be going into youth ministry. They did not know me. Don’t get me wrong: I love youth and youth ministry, but it is not […]

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New Same-Sex Marriage Study for Youth

Are you looking for a way to discuss same-sex marriage with youth, a way that gives credence to multiple perspectives and acknowledges that (no matter your personal view) Christians read the Bible in different ways? Well, you’re in luck because The Thoughtful Christian.com just published a youth study that attempts to do just that (and […]

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What? You don’t have a TV! (part 2)

[For previous installments of this series, see Part 1] When I’m traveling for work and staying in a hotel room, I’ll often turn on the TV set. Generally, I’ll watch live sports, ESPN highlights, or CNN. It’s sort of a treat. On vacation, however, I never watch TV. For me, TV watching is somehow antithetical […]

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What? You don’t have a TV! (part 1)

Megan and I are part of the 1% — we don’t have a television. In fact, we haven’t for over five years (well, ten years, if roommates’ TVs don’t count). The decision to eschew a television was not one we pondered for long. It was not a measured countercultural stand against multinational corporations’ braincell-destroying dross […]

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A Monday Smattering

Google+, I have no use for you. Though you offer a few benefits over Facebook, the downside — that nobody really uses Google+ — far outweighs the slick interface and social circles. Begrudgingly, I am becoming a NFL fan — or a Minnesota Vikings fan, to be precise. Growing up in Tallahassee, the home of […]

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Review: Pros & Cons of my move from Android to iPhone 4S

Reviewing an Apple product is seen by some as akin to critiquing the Godhead itself. So I will tread lightly. But, I do want to note some pros and cons of my new iPhone 4S as compared to my previous phone, the HTC Droid Incredible 2. Upsides of iPhone 4S form factor – the phone […]

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Occupy Wall Street & Christian Theology, a Conversation

Last night at Theology Pub we hosted a conversation consider the Occupy Wall Street movement and Christian theology. In truth, when I scheduled the topic, I was a bit nervous about how it would go. After all, the Christian church these days sometimes feels more like a corporate conglomerate than a fringe movement taking to […]

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