Category: Rants

I get a little riled up occasionally, and then I think about why I am angry. I will continue thinking long after I should have let it go. One great way of getting beyond the issue is to write about it.


“I think” versus “I feel”


I've noticed my students using "I feel" when expressing an opinion--they always used to say "I think." I'm a big fan of discussion in my classes--the kind where students read and annotate an article or paper, one that is difficult, but accessible with effort.  Then they discuss the article, from the...

Bad Theology in the “New” Doxology?


New doesn't necessarily mean improved. This is certainly the case for "The New Doxology" by Gateway Worship. The first verse of the new one is the same as that of the old one, but they've added a chorus. This recent fad of taking some of the greatest hymns of the Christian faith...

Christians Can’t Simply Be Conservative


Just the other day, I was listening to a pastor casually commenting on social issues, and underlying all his comments was the foundational belief that being Christian goes hand in hand with being conservative. I have been uncomfortable with this attitude since I was in high school and have been arguing...

Poop Packages


Am I missing something, or are people complete idiots? We have decided that we don't want to have dog poop all over our community.  To this end we expect pet owners to bag the feces of their beloved canine, and dispose of it in a convenient garbage can.  If there is no...

Sameness or Surprise?


My three most memorable hamburgers are: 1) the Kobe Beef Burger that I eat at the Issaquah Brew Pub every spring with my gaming buddies.  2. The burger I ate at Norma's in Lacey, Washington, was by no means a gourmet burger, but it tastes great and had that 1950's diner flavour to it. ...

Cervantes and Praise Songs


I find it difficult to praise Him, while singing Hillsong's "Praise Him." I'm reading Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel De Cervantes. I came across the passage today where the Cannon discusses the inferiority of the popular books of chivalry whose authors write "without paying any attention to good...

Bible Altered by Homosexuals and Satan Worshipers?


I'm on summer holidays so I have the luxury to scan my Facebook feed before I get out of bed. This morning, my peace was disturbed by an incredible post. It said: PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE!! I'm sure you know that NIV was published by Zondervan but is now OWNED by...

God or a Caricature?


While this certainly isn't true in all cases, I find that most of the young people that I know who are walking away from God are not walking away from the actual God, but from a Modern or Western, watered-down imaginary representation of him--often the god of caricatured "fundamentalists. Good,...