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SB50: Beyoncé, Bruno, and Cam

I’m a casual (American) football fan. I probably watch 2 regular season games a year, then a couple of playoffs before the Super Bowl, which is more of an excuse to hang out with friends and eat unhealthy food than to watch the game. There were a couple of interesting things...

Complete Idiot's Guide to Evangelical Christianity

Allegiance to a Label

Linguistics 101: language changes. Language assigns words or phrases as a way to communicate different ideas. These ideas are not fixed for eternity. English is very different today than it was 1000 years ago. Before that, there were several source languages that became English. Even today, we are adding new...

Tissot - the Golden Calf

Syrian Refugees and the Israelite Exodus

An interesting story about some Syrian refugees in Toronto has been making the rounds, discussing how many are beginning to feel hopeless stuck in their hotels waiting to be processed. The article specifically refers to the hotel used as a case as a “budget hotel.” This probably means small rooms...

Poussin, Nicolas - The Victory of Joshua over the Amalekites

Barbs in Your Eyes

There are many “texts of terror” in the Bible, mostly in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) but you can find some challenges in the New Testament, too. The biggest challenge often comes when noticing that God apparently orchestrates genocide against the Canaanite people at the hands of the Israelites. One of...

Gerard van Honthorst - Adoration of the Shepherds (1622)

Christmas Without Incarnation

This past Christmas I noticed something: a lot of Christians talk about Christmas without talking about the incarnation, at least not in any meaningful way. This can be from conservatives or liberals (usually the terms theologically, not politically). For conservatives, it most often appears by way of talking about the...

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What Kind of Nonviolent Activist?

Across a few social media networks I began seeing people share their results from a quiz for “What kind of nonviolent activist are you?” made by Sojourners. I took it, and I’ll share my results at the end, but more important than that, I thought this was a great idea...

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Bringing Balance to the Force

A Facebook conversation with a fellow Star Wars nerd reminded me of one of my annoyances in the prequels. If you’ve seen the movies, you probably remember the prophecy that somebody – who turned out to be Anakin – would bring balance to the Force. That’s it that we ever...

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The Rise of the Empire

I haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet. I’ll get there soon. In the meantime, I decided to rewatch the first six. I will defend III as a respectable movie other than some terrible writing for Anakin and Padme. I won’t defend I and II at all except for one area of...

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My Favourite Christmas Verse

Generally speaking I’m not big on most Christmas songs. A lot of them really have little to do with the biblical Christmas story. For many that’s not that bad – at least they’re consistent with Christianity even if not strictly biblical. Then there are others which are borderline heretical, like...