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Form and Function in Church Worship

Several factors (e.g., modernism, pragmatism, gnosticism [yeah, I said it!]) seem to have combined to produce an attitude in many churches that “the message” is all that matters and so “the method” can be just anything that creates a captive audience to hear it. The result is everything from heavy metal churches to cowboy churches. My…

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Car Camping

Going on my first camping trip with my boy tomorrow! Plan to arrive in the afternoon, chill and explore the area, hopefully sleep through the night, hike the next day, then assess attitude(s) about staying another night. I’m more of a backpacker, but since this is our first trip we’ll be car camping in case…

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The Fellowship of Suffering

There is a hysterical video out there in the Interverse titled “How Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended.” The humor comes from the fact that the writers have exploited an alleged plot hole in Tolkein’s fantasy whereby the characters went through far more ordeal than necessary to achieve their goals. As funny as it…

Applying to Ph.D. Programs

Introduction I have found that many students are unaware of just what is involved in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs. There are certainly many things I wish I had known ahead of time. For those interested in my experience and/or advice, here it is. Reality Check As a disclaimer I want to make it…

Deadly Weapons in Schools

I have a confession to make. You might want to sit down. OK here it is: I have been carrying a deadly weapon into virtually all of the schools that I work in for the last several years. I know, this sounds inexcusable, but there you have it. The fact is, that given my route…