The Burden of Saying Goodbye to a Dog

"The last enemy to be destroyed is death." -1 Corinthians 15:26 We first met Lacey in a pet store in Raleigh, North Carolina. My wife and I had been married about eight months and had decided to take the next step in married-adult responsibility: getting a pet. We quarreled over how big our dog should be. I wanted a larger dog, like a Labrador. She wanted a lap dog, like a poodle. Lacey was a Shetland Sheep dog. She was eight weeks old, black and white with tan on her legs, and she was perfect. … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want to Lose My Landline

I grew up before the invention of the cell phone. Indeed, I still vividly remember the day my father brought home a "cordless" phone. It was like magic! A walkie-talkie with no boundaries! We walked around the house with it talking to friends going, "Can you hear me now? There's no cord, I swear! Can you still hear me?! I'm at least twenty feet from the wall!" This really did happen, and it wasn't that long ago.But now, because of cell phones and competition and telemarketers, it seems that t … [Read more...]

Actually, People Say Really Nice Things About Miss America on Twitter!

I don't watch the Miss America pageant. There are two good reasons for this. First, I don't watch much television, and second, I think it's the weirdest thing. I know folks complain that the pageant tends to objectify women more than empower them, but I could easily be convinced that this isn't the case. Instead, the pageant reminds me of my old high school prom. All of these beautiful women are there in their beautiful gowns, but no one has a date. (I've always thought it'd be awesome to show … [Read more...]

“Most Dudes Are Weird and I Pity Them”: Dating Advice for Actual Christian Guys

I noticed today that Paul Maxwell over at The Gospel Coalition broached the subject of dating, asking the question, "What Does 'Intentional' Mean in Dating?" I must confess that I am at a loss as to why such a question is necessary because 'unintentional' dating is not something I am familiar with. I have never in my life encountered a couple who, after having dinner together, found out that they had accidentally and unintentionally been on a date with one another. But perhaps I am sadly behind … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Theology of Beard Length

So, you thought the East-West church divide was over whether or not the bread used in Mass should be leavened? Or perhaps because of the filioque clause? Oh no, those were only part of it. They also split, dear readers, over the length of the priestly beard. I am giving to you, as was given to me, this gift of the theological history of the beard. You should read it. And if you are a man, know that a line has been drawn. Are you on the manly beard side, or the peach fuzz girly face side? The d … [Read more...]

When Is Football Too Dangerous?

Brain damage. It is beyond dispute that playing in the NFL is causing brain injury to many of the men who play it. Owen Strachan asks how we should think about football in light of these new findings about long-term injury in football. You should check it out. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Against Pornography… in Scandinavia?

I endorse this message to the hotel industry 100%. And to anyone else, for that matter. Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction to stop the de-humanizing effects of pornography. … [Read more...]

Nicolas Cage Misses the Rapture because He Doesn’t Get Left Behind

Not too far in the distant past, I saw a little internet buzz that Nicolas Cage was cast to play the lead in a cinematic reboot of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' "Left Behind" book series. If you are unfamiliar with that series, they are action adventure books that follow the outline of a dispensationalist, pre-millienial, pre-tribulation rapture understanding of Revelation. (If you just said "Whaaaat?" check out this wikipedia page under "eschatology"). But I dismissed the buzz rather quickly as … [Read more...]

How Spotify and other Streaming Services Create Legal Artist Sweatshops

Online streaming and downloading services have changed my life. Unfortunately, they've also saddled me with a great deal of guilt. The foremost example of my emotionally distressed relationship with Internet technology is Spotify. Before discovering Spotify several years ago, I was stuck in what you might call a "musical quagmire." I didn't like what I heard on the radio, and because I went through a years-long phase of listening to only "Christian" music following my conversion, I lost track of … [Read more...]

Arguing Against Homosexuality Based On Its “Yuck Factor” is Gross

I love Thabiti Anyabwile. But I think he's really, really wrong in his article "The Importance of Your Gag Reflex When Discussing Homosexuality and 'Gay Marriage'." You should go and read Anyabwile's arguments, but if you have a bad case of the lazy, I'll sum it up: his claim is that an effective way to combat the current toleration of homosexual sex is to describe it, and that will work because people naturally think that it's gross. Anyabwile recalls an incident where gay marriage was … [Read more...]