Whether through nationally televised political conventions, church on Sunday mornings, or Facebook the rest of the week, it seems near impossible not to encounter an opinion about homosexuality everywhere we turn these days. Given the political state of affairs playing out, that is probably not a bad thing. We need to be discussing the issues of homosexuality, and discussing them well, now more than ever. Our generation is caught at a crossroad, and the decisions we make, both as Christ-followers and as citizens of this country, are likely to shape the landscape of policy and ethics for decades, perhaps centuries, to come. As our forefathers once stood at the intersection of issues like slavery, suffrage, free speech, and abortion, so we now stand with homosexuality, not sure where the road forward will lead.
This will not, however, be an article that attempts to persuade you to join one side of the debate or the other. Instead, I intend to make clear that the current nationwide discussion is not just about homosexuality and we cannot continue to pretend that it is. When we refuse or are unable to talk about sexual identity issues outside of homosexuality, we lose the opportunity to minister to those who need the love of Christ and his Church most. Continue reading
BibleWorks describes itself as “the premier original languages Bible software program for Biblical exegesis and research.”1 As you can tell, that is quite specific when compared to most of the bible programs on the market today. The majority of Bible software exists for all types of research and most focus on commentaries, books, and maps. Bibleworks, on the other hand, is focused exclusively on exegeting the original text and providing the raw tools to help like lexicons, Greek/Hebrew grammars, and textual notes. Continue reading
Based on the principles of physics, a pendulum is always bound to come to a halt. It will be a slow, almost imperceptible suspension in movement, lost in the lull of each swing. Yet to and fro it will continue until the invisible hands of friction and resistance pull it to hover, stationary, in the center. There seem to be some pendulums in existence that may never arrive at a standstill. I have witnessed such a pendulum in the past several months regarding the topic of clothing and modesty, felt its tug as I spectated in the midst of a volley of angry blog posts from prominent authors.1 Continue reading
During the Renaissance the term “fool” designated those who were tasked to entertain the elite of society. Often the title of the fool had nothing to do with actual intelligence. On the contrary the fool would often employ great wit to craft and weave jokes, songs, and tales as Robert Armin’s Flat Foole does in Foole upon Foole.1 His primary objective was to please the audience—being employed by the rich and educated to relieve the working mind with harsh contrast in buffoonery and jest.2 Sadly, the renaissance fool and modern teacher bear undeniable similarities. Continue reading
“How do you do it?” I questioned one of my housemates recently, “You watch, at minimum, a movie a day, you have a thriving social life, and you still manage to get your homework done.” My friend ducked her head, laughed, and never really answered. Now, it is not as if this is a great mystery that has been plaguing me, but I have questioned why it is that I lack free time like hers. Yet, I know the answer lies within our differing philosophies of learning, that is, the difference between seeing education as a means to another end—requiring no more than enough effort to pass—versus seeing education both a means and an end—something worth wholeheartedly pursuing and loving. Continue reading
When you think of Frankenstein, what do you think of? Most would reply by describing a giant green monster with stitches holding together its manically hewn body, walking arms outstretched, wreaking havoc on poor villagers. But those people would be wrong. Continue reading