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CFAW; Why We Really Do It

“Listen up! Some of you have significant others on the bus with you. Some of you are as single as a one dollar bill but are inclined to romantic creativity when isolated with members of the opposite gender for long periods of time. Regardless, no PDA is allowed on this bus. If I catch you, I will embarrass you in all love and spirituality…or something.”

I’m pushing 30, more savagely than others, and each day passed is another rung reached towards this grueling milestone. But each rung serves as an opportunity to learn that our sovereign, powerful and most mysterious God will facilitate the utmost in precarious circumstances as revelatory conduits to his glory. Now, the 30 years old example was a bit excessive, especially given the saturation of unnecessarily long words, but dude I was desperate for a dramatic introduction.

I haven’t been employed at Liberty for long. Not even long enough to merit my first pay raise (cough…which I’m eligible for next month…cough). But really, I’m still the new guy in my department with plenty to learn and an abundant need for grace. This was my first CFAW, College For A Weekend, as a bus chaperone and it was to Bangor, Maine.

Perspective: A 19 hour (each way) evolution with 50 high schoolers. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m all about that atmosphere, being a kid-at-heart myself. At times you likely wouldn’t be able to differentiate us. Between Pixar films, jokes and chatting about social norms, we were all in one community. Read more

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Cakes and Gays; It’s Not Really About Your Rights

Instead of respecting a religious conviction and purchasing a cake at the majority of other bakeries, some choose to sue…in the name of intolerance that violates their rights. This is textbook irony. 

When civil rights issues hit the media, people who are politically apathetic
suddenly become constitutional scholars, opinions become absolutes, and the population of straw men exceeds that of the state of Kansas.

But the holistic truth is that this is a sad social conflict. It shows that society hasn’t developed the ability to live cordially among disagreement.

“The purpose of an open mind, similar to the mouth, is to close it again on something solid.” -G.K. Chesterton; philosopher, lover of Jesus, and cheese connoisseur 

When we cease to keep these conversations open and active, we surrender ourselves to the mistakes of our past rendering no hope of healthy progression. But for many on the left even an open mind paired with humble balanced discussion won’t sway their destructive agenda. This issue of gay wedding cakes is not about rights.  Read more

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This Morning I Was Assaulted

My job keeps me on the road usually 3-4 weeks out of the month. While I tend to miss home and my friends, being on the road has its perks. You get to see things you wouldn’t normally see, visit places you’ve only heard of, and with the occasional down time, you may even garner a unique experience– good or bad. Sometimes these experiences look good but soon lose their romance while other times it is the adverse affairs which serve as a manifestation of that which we soon recognize as beneficial to us, which is really just an I’m-trying-to-sound-smart way of saying, “a blessing in disguise.”

I’m in Charleston, South Carolina this week. My hotel is about 30 minutes from those alluring South Carolina beaches that you see on post cards and Nick Sparks stuff. Last night I planned on getting up at 5a.m. to prep for my day, drive down to the beach, and catch the sun rise.

This morning I left my hotel around 6 a.m.

It was dark.

I was alone.  Read more

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Should I Attend My Gay Friend’s Wedding?

This piece has been a long time coming for me. While my position has been consistent, I understand the sensitivity of this topic and wanted to allow time to formulate a delivery that is just as benevolent as it is true. The topic of homosexuality is both emotionally charged and theologically dependent therefore our approach should never be casual, as a casual approach to critical issues will only set us up for failure. To be clear, I hold firmly to what is known as the Side B approach to homosexuality which, simply put, means that while I love the individual as I love my heterosexual friends, I do not affirm their lifestyle to be biblical, thus this is the position that I will be arguing from.

Instead of further prolonging my answer with rhetorical finesse I’ll just come out and say it. If I was invited to a gay friend’s wedding, I would go.

Now, for those of you who are still reading, remember what I said about not being casual. I will be addressing some of the popular arguments below.

Should I Attend My Gay Friend’s Wedding?

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Developing: Abrupt Outbreak of Virus on U.S. Soil

Anymore it appears that information deemed as imperative is more likely to become public knowledge in a timely fashion when announced by whistleblowers as opposed to spokesmen from corporate or government agencies. Such is the case. Edwardo Snewdono, former research analyst for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently leaked documentation revealing a horrific infectious outbreak. Though the ailment is yet to be formally identified, the department is describing the symptoms as “grotesque, unsightly and in any other form of the word ‘ridiculous’ growths surfacing on the scalp.”

Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, told reporters that her department was intending to hold a press conference to inform the American people of the outbreak once the malady had been give a proper title. But since Snewdono had already leaked the information, Burwell informed the press that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was provisionally calling the heinous condition hominem panis, loosely translated from it’s etymological Latin as manus bunus, or man buns. 

The symptoms, while egregious, will manifest themselves only on men and have been seen primarily on the young and pseudo-independent populous known as hipsters, a sad and misguided sect of the millennial breed. Read more

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Stop Saying “Christianity Isn’t A Religion, It’s A Relationship”

*This is subtle satire but in no way compromises the truth of the message. I’m snarky, but rest assured I would give you a hug if we were in person.

I’m just gonna say it. Christians these days are scared. Not all of them. But many of them, and many of whom are in the spotlight. They don’t want to speak truth for what it is. It’s part of this new culture of “relevance” and “tolerance” that has crept into the Church and deceived some of Her members. It’s another means of watering down the gospel message and to make Christianity more appealing, as if what it offers, eternal glory with God, wasn’t enough.

Millennial Christians are doing much to break barriers between the Church and the world in attempts to mitigate the “us vs. them” mentality. I rejoice with that. However, we must remember that Jesus knew what he was talking about when He said that we would be hated for our Kingdom representation (John 15). We must show love (no Bible reference because there are too many so let’s just agree) but we must NOT compromise truth. Remember, Jesus was the epitome of love but He never compromised truth. We must communicate truth in love to the world but if they do not receive it we must not blame ourselves. That said, here we go.

Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship. 

This has got to be one of the most false and potentially damaging phrases in the Christian blurbosphere. It’s false, given the egregious syntax nightmare and potentially damaging because of the false undertones in it’s intended message. In this post I will approach this phrase from two different angles and hope to ultimately reveal how this is not just me splitting hairs but rather me trying to surface a subtle habit that many have adopted– a habit that is doing NOTHING good for spiritual growth.  Read more

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Hope for ISIS, Justice for Martyrs

“This is a very difficult topic to take on, in which we have to somehow grasp both the fierce justice of God along with His great mercy.” –Caitlin Bassett; Sophomore (Government), Liberty University

As a Christian I do not find peace wishing for the annihilation of ISIS without first hoping for their salvation. Let me be clear; I am not a pacifist and I genuinely hope that coalition forces swiftly and effectively eliminate the threat of ISIS as they are responsible for crimes against humanity, violating religious freedom and assaulting the sanctity of life. I believe that the actions of ISIS merit a military response which is justified from theological, political and ethical platforms. 

“But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.” –Psalm 10:14-15, ESV

The recent executions of Christians in the Middle East are deplorable. I grieve with the Church and with the world over these atrocities.

But I also grieve for ISIS.

Today’s evil merits a dual approach of military action and the spreading of the gospel. These terrorists, and I identify them as terrorists with no hesitation whatsoever, have lived a life so corrupted by sin and overcome by evil that they have missed out on the beauty and peace that is found in Jesus Christ. The same peace that our brothers and sisters felt even during their homecomings. 

If we view humanity holistically as image-bearers of God then we should grieve even more so for the ISIS members who died as unbelievers than for those who died as believers. Read more

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A Christian Guide to Awkward Coupleship

We all have awkward couples on our college campuses. While these sightings may not be isolated to college campuses, they are most definitely the natural habitat for said creatures of awkwardity. And Christian awkward couples are among the most fervent of the breed. Their affection is awkward, their terms of endearment are awkward and we all know that stare. But if we’re honest, it’s adorable. So as a means to encourage my awkward friends who are earnestly seeking Christian awkwardness, I give you A Christian Guide to Awkward Coupleship:

The awkward endearment
For proper, pure and most intimate endearing delivery, consider the holy scriptures. Have you read Song of Solomon? Totes awk. I mean in the first chapter the male lover esteems his female partner by saying, “I compare you, my love, to a mare awk 4among Pharaoh’s chariots.” Given the context you’d think “mare” was gold or jewels since Pharaoh’s had that stuff. No, a mare is a horse. He calls his lover a horse. And this intimate rhetoric worked back then! That’s what married couples did! Their foreplay consisted of calling each other large animals, comparing their anatomy to historic towers, and identifying their beauty to fragments of food…and then they got laid! And this is divinely inspired so you can’t deny it’s legitimacy! It’s just a shame that a man today can’t call his wife a large mammal without getting slapped though his intentions were completely pure. Read more

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5 Reasons NOBODY Should Watch 50 Shades of Grey

I abhor 50 Shades of Grey and I will give a charitable explanation as to why in this post. But I want to start by clearing some air. I’m not the voice that opposes kinky behavior. I believe that within the covenant of marriage a couple should be free to practice whatever kink action they desire so as long as it doesn’t involve any additional members, including but not limited to other people, sheep, goats, geese, gerbils etc. and so as long as it doesn’t conflict with either member’s healthy and/or welfare. If said kink involves a couple covering themselves in whip cream, chocolate syrup and calling each other a sundae then by all means have at it! Brings a whole new meaning to spooning. Just make sure the aforementioned products are not expired…that’s gross. All supplementary apparatuses should be cleaned and properly maintained as to avoid mold, rust or other form of erosion. As long as this recreation is not simply served as a means of objectifying pleasure but rather a sign of love and affection, as sex is intended to be, then I say bring on the whips, chains, horse saddles, swing sets…whatever.

Sooo…then what do you oppose about 50 Shades of Grey?

So many reasons. But I’ll keep it at five.

1) 50 Shades teaches guys that “no” means “more”
In the book, Anastasia expresses her opposition towards Christian Grey’s recreational maneuvers. His own desire, however, trumps his concern for her dissent. Is he a complete jerk about it? No! He doesn’t respond with an “oh well, too bad” attitude. Rather he gives a gradual and persuasive response which eventually manipulates her to partake. This is seen so often in society. This story even corrupts the good guys who WOULD respect the girls’ “no.” I mean, she’s going to like it eventually, why not just get it over with now, right? Read more

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An Open Letter to the Silent Millions

To the silent millions,

I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. Been thinking about where you’d be today, the successes that you’d achieve, the lives that you’d change…and the injustice that prevented it all. Some of you would have been my peers. Some may have been my mentors. Some would be my children’s friends or youth pastors. Many of you would have gone into medical research. I’ve had a handful of loved ones pass from cancer. Maybe one of you could have discovered the cure. Most of you would have been somebody’s wife or husband. Someone’s mother or father. Someone’s grandmother or grandfather. See what I did there? Just by murdering one of you we wiped out an entire family tree. A lineage that could have produced more of the aforementioned.

It’s sad to think that a deliberation among nine justices, those commissioned to be guardians of a law designed to protect the people, resulted in a genocide greater than what history has ever seen.  Read more