My Two Cents Category

Shhh, the Pastor’s Coming!

Most of the time I love being a pastor, but there are some things about the role that can be very frustrating. One of them (speaking for myself anyways) is when people act differently around me than they do in normal life, simply because I’m a “pastor”. Being in youth ministry, I see this all […]

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The Shack: 3 Up and 3 Down

The Shack is about to hit the big screen. With a release date only a few weeks away, a movie adaptation of the incredibly popular book The Shack: When Tragedy Confronts Eternity has brought the controversial best-seller back into the forefront of public view. If you are not familiar with The Shack, here is a brief summary of some […]

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Bill Nye Is Back to Save the World

I remember watching Bill Nye, the Science Guy as a kidĀ just like it was yesterday. The theme song for that show was so stinkin’ catchy that it is forever stuck in my head: Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! I would credit the show with giving me at least a moderate interest in science, where otherwise […]

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The Day Before All Hell Breaks Loose…Or Maybe Not?

Tomorrow is the 2016 election day for the United States of America, and it is expected that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be voted in as the next President. As a Canadian who has been able to watch this whole saga unfold from a relatively close distance without actually being in the middle […]

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499 Years of Reformation

Today marks the 499th year since Martin Luther unintentionally sparked the Protestant Reformation. Noticing what he deemed to be beliefs and actions from the Catholic Church that were contrary to true Christianity, Luther penned his 95 thesesĀ and nailed it to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, 1517. It was a relatively small […]

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When a Christian Drummer Tours With Lady Gaga

Consider this hypothetical scenario. You are a young Christian who is in school studying for a music major. You are also an aspiring musician and desire to be a drummer by profession. You’ve got some great skills, and some doors of opportunity have opened up for you to play with some pretty high-level bands. You […]

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Together 2016: Pope Francis, Heat Stroke, and a Veggie Tales Rip-Off

This past Saturday (July 16, 2016) was the event that some promoted as being a once-in-a-generation event. It was called Together2016, and was essentially supposed to be a one-day event where Christians gather at The Mall in Washington D.C. for one of the largest American Christian rallies of the century. It included times of prayer, […]

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Maybe “Free Will” Isn’t All That

Among Christians there is a lot of theological debate over how God’s sovereignty (his control over the universe) and human free will (our ability to make choices) fit together. Can we make meaningful choices if God is ultimately in control over them? Is it immoral or unloving of God to cause us to do something […]

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The Positive Impact of Mark Driscoll

There’s no question that Mark Driscoll is a lightning rod for controversy. Currently he is out of formal ministry work, other than running his own website with periodic updates and teaching content. The church he founded, formerly known as Mars Hill Church, has been dissolved for almost one year now. The ministries he led have […]

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Choose Your Battles Wisely

Last Thursday I spent time with some students at a local high school as part of the ISCF club, a faith-based lunchtime program I’ve helped run there for years. We often have a short devotional, and on that day I shared how Christians need to avoid two extremes: being contentious about everything and being indifferent […]

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