Coffee and Conscience – Part 3


“Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.” – William James For many, coffee can only be enjoyed when they know that the production of it hasn’t had significant environmental and human costs.  To help...

Coffee and Conscience – Part 2


“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea.” -- Abraham Lincoln * C. S. Lewis explores the demonic view of pleasure in The Screwtape Letters.  An experienced demon, Screwtape, offers advice to his nephew, a novice demon, on the use of pleasure to ensnare a human soul.  He tells...

Coffee and Conscience — Part 1


On the eighth day God created coffee -- Zazzle Mug from zazzle.com At the farm, coffee time never varied.  I’m not sure why I recall coffee time at Grandma’s with such reverence and affection.  Perhaps it was grace—inclusion in a ritual when I was too young to partake in the...

A Negative Times a Negative Equals a Positive?


I never really understood math. Apparently I could do it, because I got Bs in my math classes, but doing it and understanding it was not the same thing.  My strategy was to look at the pattern in the sample question and repeat the pattern in the exercises.  The trick...

The Demonic and the Stupid


I went to see Looper on opening night. There’s plenty to talk about in this movie, but too many people haven’t seen it yet and I don’t want to spoil it for them.   But my experience in the theatre that night had me thinking that two more points should be...

Language, Sex, and Violence — Will We Watch?


“If it’s not appropriate for children, it’s not appropriate for anyone.” I’ve always had trouble with this idea, because if I took that approach, I’d no longer be able to read my Bible. I have been told by those who can read the original languages in which the Bible has...

Does movie violence affect the viewer?


Does movie media violence desensitize? I heard this question asked the other night.  I didn’t think so.  The reason is that I have been exposed to a lot of media violence.  I have played Counter Strike and Call of Duty for over 10 years and have watched a lot of...

“R” Rated Movies


It happened again today. I sometimes show clips from movies to illustrate the tools we use for literature can be pulled out of the tool box for engaging movies as well.  Today’s lesson was Allusion.  I had just hit play on the movie There Will Be Blood (2007) and the...

Dog Poop in the Brownies: How to read Philippians 4:8


I attended a youth event when I was in high school.  The speaker was a youngish, cool youth pastor and he challenged us to get rid of all our secular music.  He said it had to be destroyed; selling it or giving it away would just spread the evil.  He...

Finding Nemo and The Belly of the Whale


My students use the word epic to describe anything that is really awesome.  You might be surprised to know that Finding Nemo has a lot in common with some of the stories which are legitimate epics.   Like the Aeneid and Odyssey, Finding Nemo is about a hero on a journey. ...