"Do your best, and forget the rest," is a favorite motto of Tony Horton (Beachbody trainer for programs like P90X). While he uses this catchphrase to encourage people to keep showing up, pressing play, and working out to his videos, I think it applies to the Christian life as well. Let me explain. The average … Continue reading Do your best. Forget the rest.
Follow me. That was the summons of Jesus Christ to his first disciples. And as he would say shortly before his death, "If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also" (John 12:26). It's no surprise that 'following Jesus' became a mantra of the church. It … Continue reading Following Jesus on Easter
http://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2016/01/28/how-donald-trump-uses-language/ Here is a fascinating (if you like this sort of thing) and insightful video breaking down the way Donald Trump communicates (don't be scared, it's only 6 minutes). I've wanted to do this sort of thing for months, but I'm so glad someone else did. Language is a powerful tool. As Donald himself has said, "I … Continue reading language is powerful
Enough. That's what Brett Baier tweeted after Donald Trump continued his juvenile feud with Megyn Kelly on Friday. And that is all that needs to be said. Check out the story here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/19/fox-news-responds-to-trumps-attacks-on-megyn-kelly.html But, please, permit me to rant anyway. This is truly disturbing. 1) Trump has again and again attacked Megyn since last summer! Dude, give it … Continue reading #EnoughTrump
How many of you* have heard and/or spoken about how bad the current administration has been for the last seven years? Though you might not hear about it much from the pulpit, it’s palpably in the atmosphere of most congregations. You’ve likely been a part of a conversation where those in the government were being … Continue reading WE DIDN’T PUT OUT THE FLAMES
I am not a fan of Donald Trump. He’s not a candidate I support for a multitude of reasons. It pains me to do this, but I will give him credit in this respect: for better or worse he has run a brilliant and shrewd campaign. He’s broken every political playbook and said whatever he … Continue reading Credit where credit is due
Pathos – an appeal to emotion Ethos – an appeal to the credibility of the speaker Logos – an appeal to logic or reason Donald masterfully employs pathos. He brilliantly taps into the emotions of his followers, especially their fear, anger, and vindictive desire for justice. He is running for president at perhaps the most … Continue reading A Rhetorical Analysis of Donald Trump’s Campaign
Several months ago I slowly plodded my way through Middle Earth with the likes of Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamgee, and Gandalf the Gray; Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas too. I learned many lessons walking alongside these comrades, but one lesson stuck out. Unfortunately, it has a unique way of coming back to mind time and time again, yet unsurprisingly so. … Continue reading Sin. Ring. Lion.
Read Psalm 106. The psalmist writes in verse 7, "Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea." The Israelites did not consider God's works, nor remember his love, instead they rebelled. The … Continue reading Remembrance and Forgetfulness
Here I am with another platform to spew what I think about stuff. Forget Twitter, it's too restrictive (140 characters, seriously?). Forget Instagram, sometimes a picture is only worth one word. I'll still utilize Facebook, but that is best for shorter, happier, more mundane posts. Once again I'm going to attempt to regularly put down and put … Continue reading The Discipline of Discourse