The Aurora Debacle

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In the wake of the disaster at the Cineplex in Aurora Colorado it really is time for us to rethink entirely our gun (and ammo) control laws. Colorado has one of the most lax gun control laws in the country, in fact in the world. The arguments of the NRA and other gun totters no longer hold any merit in the wake of 71 people being injured or killed by a person who bought guns entirely legally and never had more than a speeding ticket before in terms of ‘criminal’ activity. The typical arg … [Read more...]

Oh,Oh,Oh– The Golf Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM2NocuEihwThese are not your Daddy's golfers.....or goofers....or gospelers..... but their all good Christian boys who play on the tour. Can you name them?? … [Read more...]

The Dark Knight Meets the Bane of his Existence

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Trilogies are interesting phenomena. They are rather like three movement concertos. Just as you would not be allowed to come in just before the third movement without first having heard the other two, this movie is one of those where you need to have seen its predecessors to really appreciate it. No, I don't mean you need to read all the old Batman comics, or revisit the comic TV show which turned Batman and Robin into farce. Nor do I mean you need to go back and work through all the … [Read more...]

Bumper to Bumper

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Perhaps you've seen this bumper sticker before, or a variant thereof. I saw one in Lexington recently that said 'Born Once: Doing O.K.' What we are talking about here is just another manifestation of the rising tide of ire, frustration with, and outright rejection of Evangelical Christianity in America. And while a rising tide may not float all boats, it is certainly true that you have a variety of people riding the wave of growing opposition to Evangelicalism in our increasingly … [Read more...]

The Day Carolina Basketball Killed my Cat

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Truth is often stranger than fiction, and in this case, the passing away recently of one of the famous members of Carolina's 1957 undefeated championship team (the noteworthy Pete Brennan) brought to mind the day in 1958 or so I unexpectedly found another member of that team in my front yard apologizing for hitting my cat. But I am getting ahead of the story.People can say all they want about some of the great Final Fours in modern basketball history, and Carolina has played and won … [Read more...]

What Price Closure?

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I was watching a Dateline program. This one was about a situation where a man was accused of killing a teenage girl, he did confess, but then he recanted, saying he was a teen at the time and was coerced. What interested me most about the story (besides the fact that the man is getting a second trial years later), is the reaction of the mother. Her basic words were "I want some closure here, and some justice. I want to stop living in limbo." What she really wanted was her son to be … [Read more...]

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child?

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On June 8th of this year Prosperity Preacher Creflo Dollar (yes, that's his name) was arrested for assaulting (choking involved) his 15 year old daughter when she would not co-operate with his ban on her going to a party after midnight. In my life time, the issue of corporal punishment and whether it is acceptable or not an acceptable practice for parents to use with their children has become a contested and controversial one, whereas when I was a child, not only was it seen as an accepted … [Read more...]

The Lovely Bones– a Jackson Classic

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There are some movies that are fine films, but for lack of time or opportunity you simply miss them. Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones is one such film, a film about the afterlife. As afterlife films go, this one charts a somewhat predictable path--- prematurely dead person seeks to guide one or more of the living to her killer. It's not Ghost, nor is it the Sixth Sense, nor is it Poltergeist, but this movie is effective in its own way. Here is the summary of the film. … [Read more...]

The Ignorance of the Media about Religion

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Here is a helpful post by Larry Hurtado with link to an even more helpful survey of the media's general ignorance of religion among other things. Religion in the News Media by larry hurtadoA recently-published survey of American views on the reporting about religion in the news media is very interesting. Here's the link to the survey: http://annenberg.usc.edu/~/media/PDFs/winston-bliss.ashxThere are a number of interesting findings in the 40-page survey, among them the … [Read more...]


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