The Bible: The Spoken Word or Revelation of God?


Growing up in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), I don't recall ever hearing the term "inerrancy," not from the pulpit, and not in catechism classes or at youth conferences.  At Calvin College, I stayed up many nights until 3 am arguing and discussing all sorts of faith and theology issues,...

Laptops in the Classroom


As a teacher with a classroom full of laptops, I had to read the article in my Twitter feed entitled--"Ban the Laptops, Yes."   This article by Mark Bauerlein cites a study that appeared in Education Next, under the title “Should Professors Ban Laptops?” which suggests that the implementation of classroom technologies, such...

Why Christians Might Watch Game of Thrones


  Kevin De Young stated recently that he didn't understand Christians watching Game of Thrones.  From the comments, it's obvious that this is a bit of a contentious issue.  I don't think that Kevin De Young is necessarily wrong, but I do think that there is one reason why some...

My Question about Dunkirk


  A few quick thoughts on Dunkirk (no spoilers) Incredible film--go see it. In Dunkirk, we see people under stress. Under this stress, some people respond well, others not so well. Everyone in the audience agrees when a person does something good, and when a person behaves badly. When someone...

The Gospel According to Wonder Woman


I like nearly all of the superhero movies that have inundated the summer cinema for the last decade, but this one might be my favourite. For one thing, it is set in Europe during the First World War.  I've been interested in The Great War since a veteran came to...

I Still Love Audible Books


I have kept up with my "reading" on Audible Books for another year. Still climbing my local mountain. There is some concern that I won't hear the bears, but so far I have seen them a long way off so my sense of hearing has not, so far, been necessary....

The Flip Side of Weakness


I attended the wedding of a friend last weekend.  The message was very short, but beautiful and, to be honest, nothing more needed to be said. Everyone who has been married knows that living in such close proximity with another sinner is bound to bring out ones limitations.  How are...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 — The Philosophy of Heaven


SPOILER ALERT In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter Quill finds his father.  He actually finds two. These fathers embody contrary philosophies. The philosophy of heaven and the philosophy of hell. Ego, played by Kurt Russell is the representative of the philosophy of hell.  This perspective is described by...

I Simply Believe in One Fewer God than You


Actually, that's not all there is to it.  I mean, it's not quite so simple.  Ricky Gervais used this argument on Stephen Colbert.  He said that there are about 3000 deities to choose from and Christians don't believe in 2,999 of them, the atheist simply goes one god further.  Gervais'...

Are All Other Religions Wrong?


A person that calls themselves "kittythedreamer" asked the following question: Why is it that Christians believe that Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans, Native Americans, etc. are all wrong in their beliefs? This question makes a lot of sense in our culture.  When we accept that there is no God, we must also accept...