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A Tyranny Called Abortion

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”- Bobby Kennedy
41 years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that the decision to proceed with an abortion was a fundamental right protected by the United States Constitution. It was one of the most polarizing court decisions ever made. And 41 years later, that moment is suspended simultaneously in honor and infamy, victory and tragedy.

Since 1973, over 57 million heartbeats have been silenced as a result of the “right” called abortion. These heartbeats of unique org…

4 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Interpreting Scripture

When reading the bible, do you have any method to the madness of interpreting what it means? Some people do and some people don’t. Here is almost everything you need to know about studying scripture in a responsible way.  

#1 // the bible did not write itself
Imagine that you find a letter written thousands of years ago buried in a collection of books you inherited from your uncle when he died. It’s not written in your language and is addressed to a group of people you know nothing about. You would make a few assumptions about this letter:\ - someone wrote it
- they had a reason for writing it
- someone received it
- it made sense to them when they read it

Sometimes people remove the bible from these assumptions – but it is a collection of Holy Spirit breathed letters, narratives, and poems written by real people, usually to identified, specific people. The authors knew they were writing God’s truth but didn’t know their writings would one day be read by you. I know this sounds a bit …

The ANTI Church: Is there room for intellect and art within the church?

Over the course of history, the church has been at the forefront of shaping culture. And when it comes to shaping the future, few things hold the same power as education and art. Yet, there is a sentiment gaining momentum within the church suggesting that we don’t need these things – and intellectuals, artists, and introspective thinkers might just be feeling like the church is against them. So are we becoming…


…ANTI intellectual?
I have, on more than one occasion, experienced a palpable anti-academic vibe from fellow members of the body of Christ. I am not sure where it originated or what its end game is, but the pursuit of academia is sometimes scoffed at in the name of ‘just doing what the bible says’. Of course, this sentiment carries with it all kinds of assumptions, not the least of which is that everyone observes and employs the same set of responsible hermeneutical principles when determining ‘what the Bible says’. But I digress. I honestly think one of the major questions we f…