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1. How Should We Respond to COVID-19?

2. A Fundamental Philosophy of Fun

3. I Won’t Be Voting Tonight. Here’s Why.

4. How Do We Assess Value in Music?

5. Persecution: What Do You Mean?

6. Lessons Learned in Quarantine

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Pornography and Prostitution

Pornography and Prostitution: a backstreet brothel, a locked bedroom door, and the link between the two. It is easy to shake our heads at a problem, briefly pray for someone, or impersonally support an organization when we can stay emotionally disconnected. We give...

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How to Become an Important Part of Your Church

How to Become an Important Part of Your Church

It’s a common thing for church people to feel underappreciated. Many friends I’ve talked to in the last year have complained about not getting enough chances to use their potential in the church. “Elijah, the leaders just don’t care about raising up potential,” they...

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I Won’t Be Voting Tonight. Here’s Why.

I Won’t Be Voting Tonight. Here’s Why.

The 2020 election is a big deal. It’s the most important election in American history, just like every other election. American democracy is resilient; we’ve survived moments of terror that turned out to be nothing. Remember all the people that moved to Canada when...

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How Do We Assess Value in Music?

How Do We Assess Value in Music?

If you’ve been reading my music series, I started by contending that we should be talking about music, then wrote a second post explaining why I think musical style matters. Now I’d like to share some of what has helped me in forming my own values in music.  We begin...

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The Great Divide: Is Music Morally Neutral?

The Great Divide: Is Music Morally Neutral?

There’s a severe divide in the music debate. We can’t decide if music is morally neutral. Most disagreement points back to this question. Depending on how we answer the question, music could be a free-for-all, where personal preference dictates all we do, or our...

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Should We Be Talking About Music?

Should We Be Talking About Music?

Music is an amazing gift from God. I’m not sure what would have happened to me if I hadn’t found it. I was a rambunctious, high-strung little boy who couldn’t stop asking questions and jumping off the walls. I needed an outlet for all this built-up energy. When I...

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Wedding as Divine Drama

Wedding as Divine Drama

Weddings are beautiful; something about them moves us. But if you think about it, they’re also a bit strange. Think about it: a man and a woman decide to start a life together, but to do so the woman has to wear a brand-new solid white dress (which she won’t ever wear...

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Fellow Heirs, Kings and Queens

Fellow Heirs, Kings and Queens

Immediately after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, God rather cryptically foretold that from then on, the relationship between man and woman would be fraught with attempts to dominate and subvert each other (Gen 3:16). Well, sure enough.  Mainstream society today...

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Persecution: What Do You Mean?

Persecution: What Do You Mean?

Every now and then I hear the phrase that American Christians need persecution. I find it interesting that, with few exceptions, it comes from those who have not seen or experienced real persecution themselves—persecution that resulted in bodily harm, financial...

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How Should We Get Angry?

How Should We Get Angry?

“Righteous anger is being angry at what makes God angry. And ‘righteous anger’ is the right word order. Because God is not fundamentally angry. He is fundamentally righteous. God’s anger is a byproduct of his righteousness.” -Jon Bloom¹   Yes, God’s anger flows from...

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